The School Committee shall be composed of seven members who shall hold office for a term of two years and until their successors are qualified. A candidate for School Committee members shall be a resident of the City of Biddeford for at least six months prior to the date on/or before which nomination papers are to be filed. Each Committee member shall be elected at large by the registered voters of the City of Biddeford; however, there shall be no more than two members from any one ward. The Committee members-elect shall be sworn to the faithful performance of their duties at 7:00 p.m. on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in December, following a regular municipal election, by the City Clerk or person authorized by law to administer oaths. School Committee members shall receive compensation at the rate of $10 for every regularly scheduled full Committee meeting attended, not to exceed $500 per year. The Committee shall meet regularly, twice a month.
The Mayor shall be the ex officio chair of the School Committee and shall:
The School Committee shall have all powers and perform all duties in regard to the care and management of the City's public schools pursuant to Maine State law and except as otherwise provided in this Charter.
The Committee shall appoint a Superintendent of Schools for a term not exceeding three years, and the Superintendent shall receive compensation at a rate determined by the Committee. The duties of the Superintendent shall be those as prescribed by law and regulations. The Superintendent of Schools may be removed for just cause. The Superintendent of Schools shall establish residence within the City of Biddeford within six months of being hired, unless otherwise approved by the School Committee. The Superintendent shall cause to be published all agendas of School Committee meetings in a local newspaper at least 24 hours before such meetings are to be held, and shall cause to be posted said agendas on the City bulletin board.
With the exception of the School Committee Standing Committees, residents of Biddeford shall be allowed to serve on and chair, with full voting rights, all Subcommittees of the School Committee, including but not limited to the Policy, Capital Improvement Projects, Curriculum and Transportation Committees.
The School Committee shall submit to the City Budget Committee a budget for operation of the Department of Education, to include a Capital Improvement 5-Year Budget Plan by the third Monday in March. After review, the Budget Committee shall forward their recommendations to the City Council, whose decision on the budget shall be final; subject to State mandated school budget validation requirements, if any. The proposed budget shall be comprised of: expenditures for the functions of instruction, student support, staff support services, administration, operation and maintenance, pupil transportation, adult education, debt service, and any other function(s) the Committee wishes to have funded for the fiscal year.
The total approved for each individual function by a majority vote of Council shall become the School Committee's aggregate fiscal year budget after having received its second reading. The School Committee shall not allow the transfer of funds from one function to another without first receiving 2/3 vote of the members present and voting from both the School Committee and the City Council in separate deliberations.
A vacancy in the membership of the School Committee shall occur in the event of the following:
The death of a member;
The effective date of the resignation of a member;
The removal of a member from the City;
The conviction of a member of a felony while in office;
The employment of a member by the City of Biddeford or the Biddeford School Department as an employee or agent.