The business of the Council as it involves research, fact-finding, and establishing background information, will mainly be carried on in the Council’s committees, especially the standing committees.
The importance of effective committee performance cannot be underestimated, and the responsibility rests primarily on the committee Chairs.
-Council Bylaws, Revised May 2013
Committees are essential to the work Council does. Find more information about these committees on their own pages:
Additional information on committees can be found in the bylaws, also copied below:
A. General rules of operation:
1. The committee members will be selected by the Moderator during the spring transition period with the exception of Executive and Judiciary committees.
2. The committee members will elect a chair and a recorder for their committee. At Fall Retreat a regular meeting time that is convenient to all will be established.
3. The Council Leadership may set up a time for committee meetings during the Council meetings as needed. The committees will be responsible for meeting regularly outside of Council and will report back to the Moderator.
4. Each committee will establish goals for itself to be publicly communicated to the full Council at the first meeting after the fall retreat.
5. The committees will have the power to make decisions. After the full Council has referred a matter to a committee, the recommendation for action by that committee will be reported out as a motion at the next regular Council meeting. It will become a Council decision unless it is overridden by a 2/3 vote of the quorum present or the majority of the Council, whichever is less.
6. All Council members, who are either elected by the Council or appointed by the Moderator to serve on any committee outside of the Council, are responsible for contacting the chair of that committee following the appointment. Each committee member must obtain all meeting times, locations, and agendas from that chair.
7. All Council members are expected to attend at least one Dresden School Board meeting per year.
8. Each committee must keep a record of motions, separate from Council meeting minutes, in hard copy and online-posted on the Council webpage. This record must Include motion, date, maker of motion, and any amendments as well as whether or not the amendments passed. Context for the original motion and following amendments are also important to record.
9. At the close of the Council year, new chairs of committees must meet with the former chair of their committee in order to discuss:
a) accomplishments of the past year,
b) goals of the coming year,
c) challenges faced and solutions found.
These three points should also be written in a letter and archived in that committee's binder. In addition, that same letter should be posted on the Council blog under the section of said committee so as to be preserved.