School Committee

School Committee Newsletter
The Leicester School Committee now has a monthly newsletter that will be sent to community members. Staff members and parents with listed emails will be sent the newsletter each month. Those who are not affiliated with the schools can sign up as well on a Google form with this link.

School Committee Policy Book

Member Contact Information 

Tom Lauder
Term: 2019-2022
Stella Richard
Term: 2019-2022
Donna McCance, Clerk
Term: 2020-2023
   Nathan Hagglund, Chair
Term: 2020-2023
Scott Francis, Vice Chair
Term: 2018-2021 

Role of the School Committee

As instruments of the Massachusetts Legislature, local School Committees derive their authority from Massachusetts General Laws, from statutes and from the regulation of the State Board of Education.

The Leicester School Committee consists of five voting members elected to staggered three-year terms. The School Committee operates in accordance with the MGL Ch. 71 and 41 which delegates its authority. The Educational Reform Act of 1993, Ch. 71 S. 37 specifies this authority as follows:

“ The School Committee in each city and town and each regional school district shall have the power to select and to terminate the Superintendent, shall review and approve budgets for public education in the district, and shall establish educational goals and policies for the schools in the district, consistent with the requirements of law and statewide goals and standards established by the State Board of Education.”

The School Committee determines overall School Department policy and budget. The School Committee conducts public meetings which are broadcast on a local TV station. The committee and Superintendent continually seek ways to obtain sufficient funding to support its programs from available sources at the local, state and federal levels.

Rules of Public Comment Period

No person shall address a meeting of a public body without permission of the chair, and all persons shall, at the request of the chair, be silent.” MGL ch. 30A, sec. 20(g) 

In order that all citizens who wish to be heard before the Committee have a chance and to ensure the ability of the Committee to conduct the district's business in an orderly manner, the following rules and procedures are adopted:

Speakers will be allowed three (3) minutes to present their material.

Improper conduct and remarks will not be allowed. Defamatory or abusive remarks are always out of order. If a speaker persists in improper conduct or remarks, the Chairperson may terminate that individual’s privilege of address. All remarks will be addressed through the Chairperson of the meeting.

In public session the Committee will not hear personal complaints of school personnel nor against any member of the school community. Under most circumstances, administrative channels are the proper means for disposition of legitimate complaints involving staff members.

Written comments longer than three (3) minutes may be presented to the Committee before or after the meeting for the Committee members’ review and consideration at an appropriate time.

While the Committee cannot deliberate on matters not on the agenda for that meeting, items of concern may be put on subsequent meeting agendas or brought to the attention of the Superintendent for further review.  


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