School Board

Induction Information

Role of the School Board

Terms of Reference

Elections WPS 2013-18

2018 Board Members

 

ROLE OF THE BOARD

 

The role of the Walpole Primary School Board is to set the long-term future of the school and maintain oversight (not management) of the school’s operation.  The Board provides expertise to help the school achieve the best possible.

 

MEMBERS OF THE BOARD

 

Parents, staff and community members can become members of the School Board.  There should be seven parent and four staff members, including the principal.  Parent and staff members must nominate and if more than the required nominations are received, elections take place.  A community member can be approached by the Board.

 

 

RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE BOARD:

 

  • work within the Department of Education’s relevant legislation and regulations;
  • contribute to the School Delivery and Performance Agreement and Business Plan;
  • review and endorse the Annual Budget;
  • review and approve policies;
  • review and approve Dress Code;
  • approve fees, charges, contributions and book lists;
  • review the performance of the school and
  • create interest in the school within and across the community.

 

THE SCHOOL BOARD DOES NOT:

 

  • manage the running of the school;
  • discuss individual issues relating to staff or parents;
  • intervene in the educational instruction of students or
  • represent special interest groups that dominate the agenda.

 

BOARD MEETINGS

Board meetings are held at least once a term.  They may be held more often if the need arises.  There are formal meeting procedures with minutes taken.  If a member is unable to attend, they need to formally notify their apologies.  It is expected that if a member can not attend regularly, they resign from the position as it is difficult to make decisions if there isn’t a quorum.

 

CODE OF CONDUCT

As the School Board consider the best interests of all of the students and school community in their role, interactions are completed in a civil and respectful manner. Decision-making is transparent, honest and democratic.  Discussions must maintain respect and confidentiality.