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Mayor Walsh Encourages Residents to Apply for Boston School Committee

October 14, 2015

Mayor's Office

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BOSTON - Wednesday, October 14, 2015 - Mayor Martin J. Walsh today announced that the Boston School Committee is accepting applications for two open school committee seats. The nominating panel is currently accepting applications for two four-year terms beginning on January 4, 2016. The deadline to submit applications is Monday, November 9 at 5:00 p.m.  

"Schools are the backbone of our communities, and we need strong and caring leaders on the Boston School Committee to make the best choices for our student's future," said Mayor Walsh. "Our School Committee members are tasked with the important role of offering valuable input to increase pathways to success for all students, and I look forward to bringing new voices to the table."  

The Boston School Committee is the governing body of the Boston Public Schools. The School Committee is responsible for:

  • Defining the vision, mission and goals of the Boston Public Schools;
  • Establishing and monitoring the annual operating budget;
  • Hiring, managing and evaluating the Superintendent; and
  • Setting and reviewing district policies and practices to support student achievement

The seven members of the School Committee are Boston residents appointed by the Mayor to serve four-year staggered terms. The Mayor appoints members from a list of candidates recommended by a 13-member Citizens Nominating Panel composed of parents, teachers, principals and representatives of the business and higher education communities. The Committee also includes a non-voting student member of the Boston Student Advisory Council.  

The School Committee meets approximately twice per month during the school year to adopt, review and modify policies and practices that support teaching, learning and improved student achievement. With the exception of executive sessions, Committee meetings are open to the public, feature public comment periods and are broadcasted on Boston City TV.  

For more information on the Boston School Committee, please click here.