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School Council

School Council

The Mason-Rice School Council is an elected body comprised of parents, staff members, community members who are otherwise unconnected to the school, and the principal. The purpose of School Councils, according to Massachusetts education law, is to assist and advise principals in areas including:

  • Adopting educational goals for the schools.
  • Identifying of the educational needs of the students.
  • Reviewing of the annual school budget; and
  • Formulating a school improvement plan.

The council offers a unique opportunity for parents, community representatives, teachers and the principal to engage in dialogue about a wide range of issues relevant to the educational goals of the school and the needs of the students.  Specific issues addressed by the School Council have included class size and grade configuration, diversity issues, homework policy, space issues, bullying issues, among others. The School Council typically meets 4 or more times during the school year to advise the Principal.

Current Members of the School Council

  • The Principal, Jake Bultema, is a member of the School Council and one of the co-chairs.
  • Lis Addleman, our Vice Principal.
  • Three faculty members
  • The PTO co-Presidents
  • Parent representatives
  • Two community members

Open Positions

At the beginning of each school year, the PTO will announce any OPEN positions for the current school year in the Mason-Rice Notes. Any parent may submit a letter of interest for any open positions. If there are more candidates than open positions, an election will be held in early October, candidate statements will be sent home to every family and voting will take place online.

If you have any questions, please contact any one of the PTO co-Presidents.

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