The Northampton School Committee is the governing body of the Northampton Public Schools.
Meetings: The Northampton School Committee meets at 7:15 PM on the second Thursday of each month in the Mark E. Warner Community Room at JFK Middle School, 100 Bridge Road, Florence. Subcommittees meet at other times during the month. The full meeting schedule, along with agendas and approved minutes can be found under the Agenda section of this website.
During the budget season (February & March), there are typically two meetings per month (second and fourth Thursdays). Agendas are prepared by the Superintendent and Board Chairperson and published 48 hours in advance on the City of Northampton Public Meeting Calendar, as well as on the District website under School Committee Agendas. On occasion, the Board may call a special meeting to conduct business which cannot be delayed until the next meeting. It is the intent of the Board to complete all business by 11:00 PM.
Executive Sessions: The Board may go into private or executive session upon a majority vote of the members present and voting, for consideration of certain matters specified by the Open Meeting Law (such as personnel issues, negotiations for contract and collective bargaining, legal advice, litigation, etc.)
Public Participation: The public is welcome to attend all meetings, and are welcome to speak in the Public Session of the full board meetings. There is no public comment during subcommittee meetings. Discussion by the public is limited to three (3) minutes per person/per issue at the discretion of the Chairperson. Citizens may be asked to record their name and address for the record. The Chairperson will use this information to determine whether to set a general time limit on the public portion of the meeting and grant each person who wishes to comment an equal share of the time; or offer the persons present an opportunity to choose a spokesperson for their cause - this procedure will normally apply when many people are present for the same purpose; or schedule a special public hearing for a later date when all citizens will be invited to express their opinions. Additional information can be found in our policies section.
Order of Business: The typical order of business is as follows: Roll Call, Public Session, Announcements, Recommended Actions including approval of minutes, Reports and Recommendations, including reports from the subcommittees, new business, adjourn.
MASC Code of Ethics: The acceptance of a code of ethics implies the understanding of the basic organization of school committees under the laws of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. As an elected public official, a school committee member is expected to adhere to those state laws that apply to school committees since school committees are agencies of the state.
This code of ethics outlines three areas of a school committee’s member’s responsibility: (1) community responsibility; (2) responsibility to school administration; (3) relationship to fellow committee members.
1. A school committee member in his/her relations with the community should:
2. A school committee member in his/her relations with the school administration should:
3. A school committee member in his/her relations with fellow committee members should: