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The School Committee will develop policies and put them in writing so that they may serve as guides
for the discretionary action of those to whom it delegates authority.
The formulation and adoption of these written policies will constitute the basic method by which the
School Committee will exercise its leadership in providing for the successful and efficient functioning of
the school system. Through the study and evaluation of reports concerning the execution of its policies,
the School Committee will exercise its control over school operation.
The School Committee accepts the definition of policy set forth by the National School Boards
Policies are principles adopted by a School Committee to chart a course of action. They tell
what is wanted; they may include why and how much. Policies should be broad enough to
indicate a line of action to be followed by the administration in meeting day-to-day problems, yet
be specific enough to give clear guidance.
The policies of the School Committee are framed, and are meant to be interpreted, in terms of state law,regulations of the Massachusetts Board of Education, and other regulatory agencies of the various levels of government.

West Springfield Public Schools (S.C. Approved 5/10/05)