School councils have a responsibility to develop, encourage and promote policies, practices and activities that enhance the quality of school programs. In terms of fiscal accountability, the Schools Act, 1997 lists the following fiscal responsibilities of school councils:
- Section 26 (3) (c) Approve and monitor activities for the raising of funds for the school
- Section 26 (4) The school council may, subject to the by-laws of the board, approve a levy, the payment of which is voluntary, once in a school year, instead of, or as a supplement to, fundraising activities for the school.
While school councils have no legal authority to raise funds in the school or hold monies, they are responsible for ensuring any fundraising activities are planned and approved in advance and conducted in a manner consistent with board and school policies and the provisions of the Schools Act, 1997. When approving fundraising activities, it is important for school councils to consider the educational needs of the school and the number of fundraising requests.
School councils are also responsible for the approval of any levy that is charged by the school. In such cases, the school council must ensure parents are informed the levy is a voluntary payment.
A primary consideration for the school board, school council and school is that fundraising activities should always be undertaken based upon extensive dialogue and discussion by all members of the school community to ensure that decisions benefit all. This will result in greater consensus around fundraising
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