College Council urgently requires two parent representatives to take up co-opted positions on Council until March 2014. School Council usually meets twice a term at 6.30pm on a Tuesday night. College Councils provide a provide key functions in setting and monitoring the direction of the school.
Why is the College Council Imortant
Under the Education and Training Reform Act 2006, a school council has particular functions in setting and monitoring the school's direction. Councillors need to understand what their role is, the powers and functions of the school council and how they are required to work with the principal and the school community. On completing this unit, councillors should understand:
- how the designated functions of school councils translate into governance roles and responsibilities including those that require decisions of council
- the distinctions in roles and responsibilities of school council and those of the school principal
- how partnerships can assist the school council in undertaking its functions, powers and roles.
Functions of a school council
The functions of a school council are outlined in the Education and Training Reform Act 2006 and include:
- establishing the broad direction and vision of the school within the school's community
- participating in the development and monitoring of the school strategic plan
- approving the annual budget and monitoring expenditure
- developing, reviewing and updating school policies
- raising funds for school-related purposes
- maintaining the school’s grounds and facilities
- entering into contracts (such as for cleaning or construction work)
- reporting annually to the school community and to the Department
- creating interest in the school in the wider community
- informing itself of and taking into account the views of the community
- regulating and facilitating the after hours use of school premises and grounds
- operating a children’s service at the school or other premises controlled by the Minister.
School council may also be involved in the principal selection process. When this occurs, a panel of councillors and Departmental staff is formed to review applications, interview shortlisted applicants and recommend one or more applicants to the Secretary of the Department. The Department's regional office staff would also be involved. With principal selection, panel members would be provided with training.
The school council president, upon request from the Regional Director, provides input in principal contract renewal discussions. The president advises the school council of that input at the next school council meeting.
What school council is not authorised to do
A school council is not authorised to:
- purchase or acquire for consideration any land or building
- employ teachers with no fixed date for the termination of that employment.
Unless authorised by the Minister, a school council is not able to:
- license or grant any interest in land
- purchase a motor vehicle, boat or plane
- enter into hire purchase agreements or obtain credit or loans
- form or become a member of a corporation; or provide for any matter or thing outside of Victoria unless it is related to an excursion by school students or the professional development of school staff.
Parents interested in being co-opted should contact Pam Hunter on 57834335 for more information or to express interest.