What is a school Board?
A school Board is a formally constituted group that includes the principal and parent, staff and community representatives. Students aged 15 years or over may also be included.
Must a school have a school Board?
Yes. It is a requirement under the School Education Act 1999.
What is the purpose of a school Board?
Community participation is a major factor in improving education at your school. Boards are a formal means of achieving community participation in schools to ensure they are responsive to local needs.
What experience is needed to be a school Board member?
None. What is needed is an interest in your child’s school and the skills to work cooperatively with others to help shape its future.
What does a school Board do?
The Board’s functions include:
- Taking part in establishing and reviewing the school’s objectives, priorities and general policy directions;
- Taking part in the planning of financial arrangements necessary to fund the school’s objectives, priorities and general policy directions;
- Taking part in the evaluation of the school’s performance in achieving its objectives, priorities and general policy directions;
- Approving certain charges and contributions and advertising and sponsorship agreements;
- Determining the school’s dress code in consultation with students, staff and parents;
- Providing advice to the principal on religious education and related activities;
- Promoting the school in the community.
The Board does not take part in the day-to-day management of the school or its staff.
Who can be on the Board?
- Parents of students attending the school;
- Staff at the school;
- Students (15 years and over; students must be over 18 years if the Board is incorporated;
- Other members of the general community; and
The principal is automatically a member of the Board.
Parent and community members must be in the majority.
If the school has a Parents and Citizens’ Association, a member may be nominated in the parent or community category.
The Board elects its own chairperson.
Membership can be for a period up to three years.
Members may stand for re-election.
How often does a School Board meet?
Each Board sets the frequency of meetings. However, it is anticipated that School Boards will meet at least once a school term and must hold one meeting each calendar year that is open to the public.
Who is the School Board responsible to?
While formally accountable to the Minister for Education, each Board has a fundamental responsibility to the school community.
How do I become a member of the School Board?
Contact the school principal about the process for becoming a Board member.
For further information, contact the school principal.