[HISTORY: Adopted by the City Council of the City of Beverly as Art. IV of the Code of Ordinances. Amendments noted where applicable.]
There shall be a School Committee which shall consist of seven members. Six of these members, to be known as "ward School Committee members," shall be nominated and elected by and from the voters of each ward, one such ward School Committee member to be elected from each of the six wards into which the City is divided, in accordance with Charter Section 7-5. The Mayor shall serve as the seventh member of the School Committee. The term of office for all School Committee members shall be for two years each, beginning on the first Monday of January in the year following their election, and until their successors have been qualified.
The School Committee shall have all powers which are conferred on school committees by general laws and such additional powers and duties as may be provided by the Charter, by ordinance, or otherwise and not inconsistent with said grant of powers conferred by general laws. The powers and duties of the School Committee shall include the following:
To elect a Superintendent of the Schools who shall be charged with the day-to-day administration of the school system, subject only to policy guidelines and directives adopted by the School Committee.
To make all reasonable rules and regulations for the management of the public school system and for conducting the business of the School Committee as may be deemed necessary or desirable.
To adopt and administer an annual operating budget for the School Department, subject to appropriation by the City Council.
The School Committee shall have general charge and superintendence of all school buildings and grounds, shall furnish all school buildings with proper fixtures, furniture and equipment and shall provide ordinary maintenance of all school buildings and grounds; provided, however, the City Council may, by ordinance, provide for the establishment of a central municipal maintenance department which may include maintenance of school buildings and grounds. Whenever the School Committee shall determine that additional classrooms are necessary to meet the educational needs of the community, at least one member of the School Committee, or designee of the School Committee, shall serve on the agency, board or committee to which the planning or construction of such new, remodeled or renovated school building is delegated. The School Committee shall have general charge and superintendence of the public schools for the purpose of educating children in the City. The powers of the School Committee include: to appoint a Superintendent of Schools, to adopt an annual operating budget (subject to appropriation by the City Council) and to make all reasonable rules and regulations, consistent with law, for the administration and management of the public schools of the City. The School Committee shall have all the powers and duties given to school committees by the laws of the Commonwealth, the Charter, by ordinance or other City Council vote.
City Council. The School Committee and the City Council shall meet at least once during each calendar year to cooperatively discuss financial and educational policy matters of the City. The School Committee Chair and City Council President shall preside over each joint meeting.
Other boards. The School Committee shall interact with any multiple-member board within the City as necessary so as to ensure furtherance of the Committee's responsibility to educate the children of the City.