School Committee Standing Committees

NEPN/NSBA Code: BDE

The School Committee shall authorize the establishment of only such standing committees from among its membership as it finds strictly necessary to study operations in specific areas and to make recommendations for School Committee action. The following rules will govern the appointment and function of such committees:

A. The committee shall be established through action of the School Committee.
B. The committee members shall be appointed by the School Committee Chair.
C. The committee shall be provided with a list of its specific functions and duties.
D. The committee may make recommendations for School Committee action, but it may not act for the   School Committee.
E. The School Committee Chair and Superintendent shall be ex-officio members of all standing committees.
F. All standing committees shall be dissolved at the end of the School Committee’s year—at an annual organizational meeting—unless they are specifically reappointed. They may be dissolved at any time by a vote of the School Committee.
G. All standing committee meetings shall be open to the public.
H. Standing committees shall be composed of less than a majority of the membership of the School Committee.

Standing Committees:

Finance Committee:

The purpose of the Finance Committee is to:

A. Meet monthly during the school year;
B. Review monthly financial statements giving attention to the adjustments;
C. Analyze the viability of expending funds for unanticipated/unbudgeted needs (other than emergencies which would be handled by the Superintendent), making recommendations requiring the vote of the entire School Committee for:
    1. All expenditures over $25,000;
    2. All expenditures over $25,000 transferred from the contingency fund;
    3. Any other transfer of funds that the subcommittee determines has implications beyond the limited nature of the dollars involved;
D. Recommend prioritized items for the town’s Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) to the School Committee;
E. Develop the format for budget workshop sessions in which the School Committee as a whole develops a budget to be presented to the Town Council; and
F. Critique ideas generated by the Superintendent and Business Manager regarding financial strategies.

Policy Committee:

The purpose of the Policy Committee is to:

A. Meet monthly during the school year;
B. Research timely topics and propose new or amended policies for consideration by the whole School Committee; and
C. Ensure that the Yarmouth School Committee policy is consistent and current with all state and federal law.


Adopted: June 8, 1992

Revised: January 9, 1997; October 23, 2014