School Governance Bylaws
Preamble:
It is the policy of the West Haven Board of Education to endorse and support
parent, staff, and community involvement in school governance. It is the intent of the Board that every school will have a School Governance Council that enables parent, school staff, and community to work together in facilitating quality educational plans that engender continuous improvement of student achievement.

It is the responsibility of the Principal to develop and maintain effective
organizational structures and processes for advisement in the school in conjunction with the School Governance Council.

Article 1: Name
The name of this committee is the Mackrille School Governance Council,
hereinafter referred to as the “Council.”

Article 2: Purpose
Mackrille Elementary School Governance Council’s purpose is to enable
all stakeholders in our school which include staff, parents, and community members to collaboratively and continuously work together to improve student
achieve ment.

Article 3: Membership
The Council shall represent the diverse interests of the families and staff that
make up the local school community. Every effort, therefore, shall be made to
engage broad participation in the Council election process. The Council will consist of fourteen voting members and one non-voting member. The members shall include: seven parents or guardians of students currently enrolled in Mackrille School, five teachers at Mackrille School, two community leaders within the district, and one principal of the school as a non-voting member. Voting members shall serve for a term of two years.

Article 4: Selection Process/Election of Members

Article 5:Officers/Responsibilities
The Council is made up of parents, teachers, community members and the Principal or his/her designee. Each constituency represented shall have a corresponding set of responsibilities.

Article 6: Duties of Council Members
Chairperson/Leader
The chairperson/leader shall prepare an agenda for each meeting. The chairperson shall preside at all meetings of the Council.

Secretary/ note taker
The secretary shall keep minutes of all regular and special meetings of the school site Council.

Parents: Council parents are responsible for soliciting input from the school’s
parental community with respect to issues of concern to the Council. Parent
members shall relay council activities to the parent community as well as to the
school’s parent organizations. (Consider use of website and/or a newsletter of
Council activities)

Teachers: School staff Council members are responsible for soliciting input from the faculty and support staff with respect to issues of concern to the Council. Teacher members of the Council shall report to faculty and support staff.

Principal: The Principal is responsible for keeping the Council informed of all
relevant school information. The principal shall take the lead role in promoting new programs at the school. The Principal shall seek the active participation of the Council in those areas listed under “Council Responsibilities.”

The members of the Council are accountable to their constituents and shall:
maintain a school-wide perspective on issues, regularly attend and participate in Council meetings, participate in information and training programs, act as a link between the Council and the community, and encourage participation of parents and others in the school community.

Article 7: Council Responsibilities
The Council serves in an advisory capacity and shall assist the school
administration in the areas listed below:

  • Analyze school achievement data and school needs as they relate to the school’s improvement plan;
  • Review the fiscal objectives of the school’s draft budget and advise the Principal before the budget is submitted to the Superintendent
  • Assist the Principal in making programmatic and operational changes to improve the school’s achievement
  • Work with school administrators
Article 8: Meetings
The council shall meet every other month on the last Monday of the month in the evening. The council shall meet at Mackrille School in the conference room. Special meetings of the Council may be called by the principal, chairperson, or by a majority vote of the Council. There will be an agenda for each Council meeting. The minutes of each Council meeting shall be recorded by the note-taker.

Article 9:Amendments
These Bylaws may be amended at any meeting of the Council, provided that the amendments have been submitted in writing at the previous council meeting and are not inconsistent with applicable federal or state law or the West Haven Board of Education.