School Board - Introduction

SCHOOL BOARD

The Board has been formed with the fundamental purpose of enabling parents and members of the community to engage in activities that are in the best interest of students and will enhance the education provided by the School.

Functions of a School Board

  • Work within the Department of Education’s relevant legislation and regulations.
  • Contribute to the School’s Business Plan. This document summarises what the school wants to achieve in the future and how it plans to get there.
  • Monitor the progress of the School’s Business Plan.
  • Endorse and review the annual budget (this summarises the income received annually from the Department of Education and other sources, and also lists planned expenditure, including salaries).
  • Assist with the formulation of Codes of Conduct (guiding principles that influence the decisions and action that the School takes).
  • Participate in a review of the performance of the School. Develop interest, within and across the community, about the School.
  • Assist with the selection of a principal when a vacancy arises (usually the Chair of the School Board will be a member of the selection panel).
  • Approve School fees, charges, contributions and items of personal use (booklists), extra cost optional components of programs, arrangement for sponsorship or advertising.
  • Liaise with other committees within the School e.g. the P&C. Inform the wider School community by holding one open meeting per year. Advise the Principal on religious education and related activities.

The School Board Does Not:

  • Manage the day to day running of the School.
    For example, it does not employ staff, decide which classes students will be assigned to or resolve issues relating to individual teachers and students and/or parents.
  • Discuss individual issues relating to students, staff or parents – these are management roles and therefore the responsibility of the Principal.
  • Represent specific interest groups, or permit special interests to dominate the agenda of the Council. Intervene in the educational instruction of the students.
  • Purchase land, buildings or motor cars and cannot enter into hire purchase agreements or obtain credit or loans, unless permission is given by the Minister.
  • Performance manage the Principal or any other staff member.

What Can You Bring To The Board

Parent Members – bring their experience as parents at the School and the view and context of the wider school community to School Boardmeetings.

Community Members – bring wider perspectives, particular skills and expertise to the School Board. They may have business, IT, accounting, building or other skills that the School is looking for at that time.

School Staff – bring their educational expertise and years of experience to School Board meetings.

School Board News

The School Board will from time to time provide updates and information within the School newsletter to keep the wider school community abreast of key activities like member nominations and elections. The School Board meets once a term for 2 hours (4 times a year). Following each meeting the Chair will produce a School Board Report, which will be sent to parents and uploaded to the website. It is a great way to find out more about the School Board and how it is contributing to the School’s success. How Can I Take Part Elected members serve an initial term of three years and may be reappointed more than once.

We always need a parent majority so if you would like to get involved please register your interest by emailing eaton.ps@education.wa.edu.au