Table of Contents
In order to carry out Board responsibilities to govern MVPCS, each member must be informed about many regulations, laws, policies, and procedures that have been created by the state legislature, the State Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE, formerly DOE) and the school itself.
The web-based Board Handbook is intended to guide Board members to key legal and organizational documents. It also assists in tracking the Board’s work by maintaining files of Board and Committee meeting minutes, reports, and recommendations, as well as the annual budget for the school. Section IV provides links to a wealth of informative articles that can reinforce and expand members’ knowledge about best practices for charter school governance. Please explore!
You can open internal documents (such as the Charter, or Board minutes) by clicking on the item, and you can open online documents by clicking on the internet link.
I. LEGAL DOCUMENTS
A. The Charter (The founding philosophy and structure of the school)
B. State Laws and Regulations (There are many ways to access these, but here is one.)
WHEN YOU OPEN THIS PAGE, GO TO PANEL ON LEFT AND CLICK ON “LAWS AND REGULATIONS.”
1. MA Charter School Regulations (603CMR1.00)
2. MA Charter School Law (MGLChapter 71, S 89)
3. MA Open Meeting Law
HERE YOU CAN OPEN THE GUIDE OR A VIDEO ABOUT OML.
C. Board By-Laws (these frame the structure and duties of the Board)
F. Annual Report (to the State, due August 31)
G. Strategic Plan (a five-year document, reviewed annually)
1. MVPCS Board and Board Member Responsibilities
2. Outline of Officer and Board Duties and Job Descriptions
3. Calendar of Regular Board and Leadership Tasks
4. Board Self-Evaluation Guide
5. Basics on Consensus Decision-Making
B. DIRECTOR: Job Description
III. BOARD, COMMITTEE, TASK FORCE RECOMMENDATIONS
A. Graduation Requirements, Revised February, 2010
IV. ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ON STATE DESE (DOE) & OTHER WEBSITES
The MA DESE (DOE) website is a source of much additional information. Board members are encouraged to explore the many sections and keep an eye on the “News” section for current postings. Here are some starting links.
A. Regarding the legal responsibilities of Trustees:
B. CS Administrative and Governance Guide. Though archived as of Fall, 2015, pending revisions, this guid remains informative. See especially Section I, Responsibilities of the Board of Trustees.
C. Outline of how MVPCS must demonstrate accountability to the State:
D. Two sites (of many) providing highly useful and interesting articles/workshop outlines related to Board roles and issues. Browsing encouraged!
Start with these:
Charter School Board Service 101: What to Do and How to Do It Well
Your Job as a Board Member and How to Do It Well