The Parents' Committee is an advisory committee to the School Board. Each school within the Board's territory has a representative on the committee chosen from the parent members sitting on each Governing Board. A representative from the Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC) also sits on the Committee.
The Role of the Parents' Committee
The Committee's major role consists of representing parents' interests within the School Board.
The main responsibilities are:
- to promote the participation of parents in School Board activities and committees,
- advise the School Board on any matter the latter is required to submit to it,
- advise the School Board on any matter conducive to the most efficient operation possible and,
- to inform the School Board as to the needs identified by the parent representatives.
Relationship to the School Board
Four Parent Commissioners, one for Elementary, one for Secondary, one for Kindergarten to 11 (K-11), and one from SEAC are elected from this Committee to sit on the Council of Commissioners. One Parent Commissioner is also elected to sit on other committees of the School Board, such as Executive, Transportation, SEAC, Governance & Ethics, Audit, and Human Resources.
Representation at the standing committee level is very important. It is at this level that many issues are raised, policies worked out and decisions taken for recommendation to the Council of Commissioners.
The Parents' Committee is to be consulted on the following matters:
- the division, annexation or amalgamation of the territory of the school board
- the School Board's strategic plan
- the three-year plan of allocation and destination of the immovables of the School Board, the list of schools, and the deeds of establishment
- the policy in respect to the "Continued operation or closing of schools"
- the financial contribution policy
- the distribution of educational services among the schools
- the criteria referred to in section 239 for the enrollment of students in schools
- the dedication of a school to a special project pursuant to sections 240 and the criteria for the enrollment of students in that school
- the school calendar
- the rules governing promotion from elementary school to secondary school or from the first cycle to the second cycle of the secondary level
- the objectives and principles governing the allocation of subsidies, school tax proceeds and other revenues among educational institutions as well as the criteria pertaining thereto, and the objectives, principles and criteria used to determine the amount to be withheld by the School Board for its need and those of its committees
- the learning activities established by the School Board and intended for parents.
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