Boston Latin Academy
School Site Council
Name, Purpose and Role
Name. The name of the School-Site Council shall be the Boston Latin Academy (BLA) School Site Council (SSC).
Authority. The BLA SSC is established as required by the Massachusetts Education Reform Act of 1993 (M.G.L. Ch. 71 Sect. 59 c ) and the collective bargaining agreement between the Boston Teachers Union (BTU) and the Boston School Committee (BSC). Pursuant to the BTU-BSC Agreement, School Based Management (SBM)/Share Decision Management (SDM) is the model for school governance and the SSC is the appropriate place for most decision-making affecting the education by the school.
Purpose. The purpose of the BLA SSC shall be to establish direction and policy in all matters that relate to the operation of the school. Specifically:
Receive information about all outside programs or outside professionals that come into the school.
Waivers. The SSC may seek and receive a waiver from the appropriate authorities of any provision of the BTU-BSC Agreement or any School Committee rule or regulation or Superintendent’s policy in a manner specified and limited by the BTU-BSC Agreement.
Membership, Responsibility and Terms
Composition. The number of members and composition of the SSC shall be consistent with the provisions of the BTU-BSC Agreement.
The BLA SSC shall consist of the following:
Members shall represent the best interest of the school community. Members should work towards improving quality education through the School Based Management (SBM)/ Shared Decision Making (SDM) process.
Term of Office
The term of office for SSC Parent and BTU members will be two (2) years. The term of office for SSC student members shall be two (2) years. The staggering of terms may assist in maintaining a balance of continuing and new members.
SSC members are eligible to run again at the end of their term, with the understanding that it is required that they take a year off the SSC offering to new members an opportunity to serve.
Elections for new SSC members shall be conducted as early in the school year as possible, and a first meeting of the new SSC shall be held no later than October 31.
Election of BTU Members
Election of Parent Members.
Elections of Student Members.
Each year the Student Forum will vote a student representative to sit for two (2) years on the SSC. The terms will be staggered so that one new student representative will be elected to the council each year.
Vacancy, Removal and Resignations
Given the collaborative nature of shared decision-making, it is expected that the SSC will make every effort to function by consensus or general agreement of the members.
Formal decisions of the SSC shall be made by majority vote with the Headmaster voting with the majority. The Headmaster may not delegate his or her vote except in emergency situations. The Headmaster is required to account in writing and in person (at a subsequent meeting) for any vote in contradiction to the majority.
The School Site Council may vote to appeal a Headmaster's veto to the Joint Steering Committee of the Boston Public Schools and the Boston Teachers Union.
If at least 2/3 of the members of the council vote to challenge the veto, the Superintendent will designate a mediator to meet with the council within five school days to attempt to resolve the dispute
All available information over which the SSC has authority must be shared with members of the SSC as soon as possible and at least 7 calendar days before they are expected to vote on these issues.
Agenda. School Site Council members set the agenda for their meetings. Agenda items may be submitted orally or in writing at least 5 days prior to the next meeting by any Council member or Associate member to the two co-chairs (the Headmaster and the elected co-chair), so long as they are within the scope of authority of the council.
Notice of the Meetings. SSC meetings are subject to the Open Meeting Law that requires posting of each meeting notice at least forty-eight (48) hours prior to the meeting at a public place. In addition, the SSC shall provide all faculty and parents with a listing of all the meetings for the year via the school website or an alternative medium.
Quorum. A quorum must be present to vote on issues. A quorum shall consist of the Headmaster, three BTU members and three parent members or their elected Alternates.
The officers of the SSC shall be two Co-Chairs, Clerk/Recording Secretary, and such other officers as the members may from time to time determine.
Election of Officers. The Headmaster shall serve as one of the Co-Chairs. All other officers shall be elected by the members of the first fall meeting of the SSC held after the October member elections. With the exception of the Headmaster, officers shall serve for the term of one year, or until their successor shall be elected.
Co-Chairs. The Co-Chairs shall preside at all meetings of the SSC unless they otherwise designate other members to preside. The Co-Chairs shall perform and oversee the duties and tasks necessary to the effective functioning of the SSC including but not limited to developing and distribution of meeting agenda, giving notice of SSC meetings, serving on subcommittees, and providing timely information to the SSC members about the school budget, personnel, and programs. The Co-Chairs shall also perform such other duties, as the SSC shall from time to time designate. Co-Chairs can serve for more than one successive year.
Clerk/Recording Secretary. The Clerk/Recording Secretary shall keep accurate minutes of all the meetings for distribution to the SSC members and the wider school community. The minutes shall include the time, date, location, and attendance of members, the agenda and a brief outline of topics discussed and agreements made. The minutes will be approved by the entire SSC at the next SSC meeting. The school community shall be informed of the SSC proceedings by the clerk by means of minutes on the school website for review by interested parties. The Clerk shall also track SSC membership terms as well as perform such other duties, as the SSC shall from time to time designate.
Committees. The BLA SSC may elect from their own members or otherwise as they determine, committees to undertake tasks in behalf of the SSC. The number, functions, and terms of any such committee shall be determined by the SSC.
Personnel Subcommittee. The SSC shall establish a Personnel Subcommittee for the purpose of interviewing and selecting the in-transfer and hiring of new teachers as specified in the most current Collective Bargaining Agreement. The Personnel Subcommittee shall consist of the Headmaster, two teachers, one parent and one student. Alternates shall participate in place of a sub-committee member when necessary. Decisions are made by a majority vote with the Headmaster in the majority. The duties of the Personnel Subcommittee may not be assumed by the full BLA SSC.
By-Law Approval and Amendments
Amendments to these articles can be voted on and approved without affecting the body of the by-laws as a whole. Amendments are included by listing them on the end page of these by-laws and attaching them to the By-laws.
All Amendments to the By-Laws must first be submitted in writing to the SSC and read to the members at a regular SSC meeting.
Members shall be notified of pending By-Law changes prior to the meeting at which such changes will be discussed. Voting by the full SSC on an Amendment to the By-Laws shall occur no later than 9 weeks after the initial submission of such By-Law changes.
If approved by the SSC, these By-Laws shall be approved and/or amended by two-thirds of the BTU members at the school eligible to vote for the SSC and by two-thirds of parents who attend a school-wide parent meeting, such as a Parent Council Meeting. Two weeks notice must be provided for the SPC meeting, during which the By-Laws will be ratified.