Meetings

  • Meeting Information 

    Unless otherwise noted, all meetings are held at 6:00 PM in the Walsh School Committee Room, 5th Floor, Town Hall, 333 Washington Street, Brookline, MA 02445. Brookline Interactive Group broadcasts and records the meetings. 
     
    All School Committee meetings are open to the public, unless otherwise noted, and are posted on the town calendar here.
     
    In compliance with the Open Meeting Law, the meeting agenda is posted at least 48 hours in advance of the meeting with the Town Clerk, on the Town's Agenda Center. It is also distributed electronically. To be a part of the electronic distribution of the agenda, contact Robin Coyne at 617-730-2430.
     
     
     
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  • Meeting Schedule

    All School committee meetings will be posted on the School Committee calendar at the Town of Brookline home site.
     

    Recent Meeting Official Records

    See past school committee meeting agendas and minutes at the Town of Brookline agenda center.
     

    Recent Meeting Materials 

     

    Public Comment

    The Brookline School Committee welcomes public comment and participation at School Committee meetings, according to the parameters described in the Public Comment Policy.
     
    From Brookline School Committee’s Policy Manual
    Section B. BOARD GOVERNANCE
    4. School Committee Meetings
     
    Public Comment and Participation at School Committee Meetings:
    School Committee meetings are conducted in accordance with the Massachusetts Open
    Meeting Law, G.L. c. 39, s. 23B. In addition, the School Committee believes that the
    public should have an opportunity to comment to the Committee on issues that affect the
    school district and are within the scope of the Committee's responsibilities. Therefore the
    Committee has set aside a period of time at each School Committee meeting to hear from
    the public.
    If the Committee believes that an issue requires a broader dialogue with the public, the
    Committee may schedule a separate public hearing on that issue.
    Public Comment is not a discussion, debate, or dialogue between or among citizens and
    the School Committee. Rather, it is intended to offer citizens an opportunity to express
    their opinion on issues of School Committee business. While the Committee and/or
    administrators will not typically respond to citizen comments or questions posed at Public
    Comment, the Chair, as presiding officer of the meeting, may answer or request an
    answer to a question if s/he deems it expeditious. Further, should the Chair believe that
    an issue or question falls outside the purview of the School Committee, s/he may request
    that citizens direct it to the appropriate person or body so that the matter is given proper
    consideration.
    The following process will govern Public Comment and participation at the School
    Committee meetings.
     
    Public Comment:
    The School Committee will have a 15-minute Public Comment section at each School
    Committee meeting, which shall generally follow the opening of the meeting, according
    to the following guidelines:
     
    M.G.L c. 39, s. 23C provides, in relevant part, that: “No person shall address a public
    meeting of a governmental body without permission of the presiding officer at such
    meeting, and all persons shall, at the request of the presiding officer, be silent.” The
    School Committee Chair, as presiding officer, will favor those speakers who sign up in
    advance under the procedure specified below.
     
    1. A sign-up sheet will be available as people enter the meeting, and people will
    speak in the order they sign up, unless more than one person wishes to speak on a
    single topic, in which case the Chair may call on them together.
     
    2. Any person wishing to speak must identify him or herself by name and address,
    and specific interest for wishing to speak. The Chair will favor, in no particular
    order, those speakers who are Brookline residents or, in appropriate circumstances, a
    Town of Brookline employee, parent, or guardian of a Public Schools of Brookline
    student, or any Public Schools of Brookline student.
     
    3. There will be a time limit of 5 minutes per person, which will be enforced by the
    Chair of the meeting. If the number of people wishing to speak exceeds 3, the Chair
    may, at his/her discretion, limit individual comments to no more than 3 minutes per
    person. In addition, parents/guardians of children attending the Public Schools of
    Brookline and Brookline residents shall be given priority.
     
    4. The amount of time allocated for the session will be a maximum of 15
    minutes.
     
    5. The session will be held at a regular time agreed to by the School
    Committee.
     
    6. Discussion of individual personnel issues will be prohibited.
     
    7. Votes by the School Committee will not be taken during Public Comment.
     
    8. Responses to concerns will be made only by the Superintendent or
    Chair of the meeting, or other members, at the Chair's discretion.
     
    9. On those issues that can be resolved by directing citizens to the appropriate staff, the
    Superintendent or Chair will advise the citizen of appropriate steps to take.
     
    10. The Chair of the meeting may terminate any individual’s privilege of address for
    inappropriate conduct or statement.
     
    Participation Regarding Docketed Items:
    In addition to the Public Comment section at each meeting, the public is invited to remain
    for the whole meeting and may be invited to speak on any docketed issue, at the
    discretion of the Chair. Should the Chair invite comments on docketed items, s/he will
    request that citizens in attendance who wish to speak signify as such by raising their
    hand.
     
    Originally approved: 1/26/93, #93-29. Amended: 4/27/93, #93-115; 9/27/94, # 94-80.
    Revision approved by Brookline School Committee: 11/3/05, #05-122