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School Board Committees

Belgrade School Board Standing Committees

These are working committees that may be held virtually or in-person, and are all publicly noticed meetings, inclusive of public comment opportunity. The public is not invited to participate in the discussions, but may listen. Board Committees are reference via policy #1130. 

Committee Name Meeting Frequency Publicly Noticed Meeting # of Trustees 2023-2024 Trustee/s
Agenda Setting Committee Monthly Yes 2

Holly Murray*

Steve Garvert

Facilities Advisory Committee Monthly Yes 3

Nicole Blount

Rocky Smith

Jessi McCloud*

Finance Committee Monthly Yes 3

Mary Ellen Fitzgerald

Rocky Smith

Frank Stock*

Professional Development & Calendar Committee Monthly Yes 3

Mary Ellen Fitzgerald

Steve Garvert

Jessi McCloud

Technology Committee Monthly Yes 2

Nicole Blount*

Steve Garvert

Wellness Committee 2x/year Yes 1 Holly Murray
Long Range Facility Planning Committee Annually, or more frequently as needed Yes 3

Mary Ellen Fitzgerald

Rocky Smith

Frank Stock

*Committee Chair

Belgrade School Board Ad-Hoc or As Needed Committees

These are working committees that may be held virtually or in-person, and are all publicly noticed meetings, inclusive of public comment opportunity. The public is not invited to participate in the discussions, but may listen. Board Committees are reference via policy #1130. 

Committee Name Meeting Frequency Publicly Noticed Meeting # of Trustees 2023-2024 Trustee/s
Negotiations Committee As Needed Yes 3

Nicole Blount

Steve Garvert

Frank Stock

Transportation Committee As Needed Yes 2

Nicole Blount

Holly Murray

Curriculum Committee As Needed Yes 2

Mary Ellen Fitzgerald

Frank Stock

Gifted and Talented Committee As Needed Yes 1 Holly Murray
Behavior Committee As Needed  Yes 2 Steve Garvert
Jessi McCloud

 

Board of Trustee Liaisons for Organizations Associated with BSD #44

Liaisons build relationships between the Board of Trustees and organizations associated with the school district, and communicate school-related matters with the board.

Organization 2023-2024 Trustee/s
CTE Advisory Council Jessi McCloud
Belgrade Educators (Scholarship Fund)

Nicole Blount

Holly Murray

 

Agenda Setting Committee

Purpose: The district has established an agenda setting committee to develop the agenda for the regular monthly meeting of the Board in conjunction with the school superintendent.

Description: The Agenda Setting Committee works collaboratively to develop the agenda for the Board’s regularly scheduled monthly board meetings– this includes items to include on the agenda and the order of which items will be placed on the agenda. 

Looks Like:

  • Agenda Setting Committee meets monthly.
  • Two trustees can represent the Board on this committee (usually the Board Chair and Vice Chair).
  • The committee is led by Superintendent and includes Assistant Superintendent, Finance Director, and HR Director.
  • The committee makes recommendations to the Board Chair, who in turn collaborates with the Superintendent to finalize the agenda. (policy #1420).

 

Facility Advisory Committee

Purpose: The district has established a facility advisory committee to review and analyze district facility use and maintenance needs.

Description: The Facility Advisory Committee discusses district facility needs and how facilities are used by outside entities/organizations. In addition, the committee will assist with the annual update and review of the facility condition inventory. 

Looks Like:

  • Facility Advisory Committee meets monthly

  • Three trustees can represent the Board on this committee

  • The committee is led by the Facilities Director and includes the finance director, activities director, and Superintendent or designee.

  • The annual facility condition inventory will be presented at a board meeting each spring by the facility director.

  • This committee will make recommendations to the Superintendent and/or Board of Trustees.

 

Finance Committee

Purpose:  The district has established a finance committee to regularly review and analyze district financial and budget records.

Description: The Finance Committee discusses and monitors district financial reports, audit reports, reviews district programing costs, and discusses fiscal goals. 

Looks Like:

  • Finance Committee meets monthly.

  • Three trustees can represent the Board on this committee.

  • The committee is led by the Finance Director and includes the Superintendent or designee.

  • This committee will make recommendations to the Superintendent.

 

Liaisons

Purpose: To build relationships between the Board of Trustees and related organizations and to communicate related matters with the Board of Trustees.

Description: This position would allow direct Board engagement in various projects, programs, and initiatives of significance in the District. By observing and participating in activities the Board member would be able to speak to the projects, programs, and initiatives with much greater information and insight at board meetings or other meetings. 

Any Board member serving as a Liaison would understand that their role is not to influence or direct any project, program, or initiative. In addition, the Liaison would understand that they would not provide the staff or consultants with any information, or direct any conversation on the project, program, or initiative that in any way would require full Board discussion or approval.

The Liaison’s main role is to listen, observe, learn, and ask questions in an effort to be prepared to report to the Board as necessary.  Liaison discussion with outside organizations constitutes personal communication and does not represent any view or stance of the Board. Stakeholders take any Liaison comments as personal comments only and the stakeholders will decide to include any Liaison comments based on the merits of the comment and not based on the fact that the comment came from a Board member.

In the event any stakeholder is uncomfortable with the Liaison, the stakeholder is encouraged to report to the Board Chair any concerns. If the Board Chair is the Liaison, the stakeholder would report any concerns to the Vice Chair.

Looks Like:

  • Liaisons are responsible for connecting with the organization, attending related functions/meetings, and generally communicating matters of importance from the organization to the Board.

  • Liaisons will build a working relationship with the organization and enure collaboration between the District and organization is occurring.

 

Long-Range Facilities Planning (LRFP)

Purpose: The LRFP Committee will establish direction for facilities and property development to assure adequate, safe, healthy facilities for students and staff.

Description: The LRFP Committee consists of Trustees, education team members, and community members.  The committee considers future site acquisition, new facilities, renovation to current facilities, and the educational and financial considerations necessary to make decisions. The Trustee's responsibility to the committee is to understand the research and its implications for future facility development and represent this information at the Board table.

Looks Like:

  • Three Trustees can represent the Board on this committee

  • The committee is led by the Superintendent or designee

  • Committee meetings will be held as needed with the school district administration calling the meetings and coordinating the materials and research necessary for the work of the committee.

  • Committee members will prepare for and attend the established committee meetings.

  • Committee members will provide input on the recommendations under consideration and develop recommendations to be made to the Superintendent and/or Board.

  • Committee members will consider the educational and fiscal implications of recommendations and the alignment with the Strategic Plan of the school district.

  • The Committee may recommend to the Board the formation of Task Force(s) intended to be ad hoc with specific duties that will sunset upon the accomplishment of established duties. 

 

Negotiations

Purpose: The Negotiations Committee will make recommendations to the Superintendent and Board of Trustees to determine the investment in the staff that serve the children of Belgrade Public Schools. 

Description: The Negotiations Committee consists of Trustees, administrators, teachers, and other representatives.  The committee uses the consensus process to determine the priorities of investment and alignment of resources to improve student learning under the district’s strategic plan.  The Trustee's responsibility to the committee is to participate in the consensus negotiations process, understand the research and its implications for the future, and represent this information at the Board table.

Looks Like:

  • Three trustees can represent the Board on this committee.
  • The committee is led by the Director of Human Resources.
  • Committee meetings will be held as needed with the school district administration calling the meetings and coordinating the materials and research necessary for the work of the committee. Generally, Consensus Negotiations takes place in the spring and requires 3-5 full days of participation for each negotiated group by committee members.
  • Committee members will prepare for and attend the established committee meetings.
  • Committee members will provide input on the recommendations under consideration and develop consensus on recommendations to be made to the Superintendent and Board of Trustees.
  • Committee members will consider the educations and fiscal implications of recommendations and the alignment with the Strategic Plan of the school district. 

 

Professional Development and Calendar Committee

Purpose: The district has established a Professional Development and Calendar committee to develop a professional development learning plan and school calendar.

Description: The Professional Development and Calendar Committee gathers feedback regarding professional development and calendar needs and develops a proposed plan.

Looks Like:

  • Professional Development and Calendar Committee meets monthly.
  • Three trustees can represent the Board on this committee.
  • The committee is led by the Curriculum Director and includes participation from teachers, administrators and the Superintendent or Designee.
  • This committee will make recommendations to the Superintendent. 

 

Curriculum Committee

Purpose: The district has established the curriculum committee to review major areas of curriculum development, regular/special education services, pupil assessment, long-term program review, program revisions, and budget considerations.

Description: The curriculum committee considers the Board’s priorities in curriculum areas. The committee suggests programs and policy modifications that may be appropriate in curriculum and program areas; including new program activities undertaken by the district, the implementation of new curricula, or the piloting of new programs.

Looks Like:

  • Curriculum committee meets as needed.
  • Two trustees can represent the Board on this committee.
  • The committee is led by an appointed committee member.
  • This committee will make recommendations to the Superintendent. 

 

Technology Committee

Purpose: The district has established a technology committee to oversee the technology needs of the district.

Description: The Technology Committee discusses and analyzes the technology needs of the district and how to align the needs with the fiscal and strategic goals of the District. 

Looks Like:

  • Technology Committee meets monthly.
  • Two trustees can represent the Board on this committee.
  • Technology Committee meets monthly.
  • The committee is led by the IT Director and includes the Superintendent or Designee.
  • This committee will make recommendations to the Superintendent. 

 

Transportation Committee

Purpose: The district has established the transportation committee to evaluate and problem-solve transportation issues as they arise.

Description: The Transportation Committee reviews and evaluates options for addressing transportation issues and challenges as they arise, including staffing shortages, route changes, etc.

Looks Like:

  • Transportation Committee meets as needed.
  • Two trustees can represent the Board on this committee.
  • The committee is led by the Transportation Director and includes the Superintendent or Designee.
  • This committee will make recommendations to the Superintendent.

 

Wellness Committee

Purpose: To assist our District in implementing a school wellness policy and make recommendations for implementation on an ongoing basis.  

Description: The Wellness Committee is made up of a diverse group of district and community members with an interest in student wellness, specifically nutrition and physical activity.  It operates per board policy 2510.  The committee serves in an advisory capacity.

Looks Like:

  • Meets 2 times during the school year. 
  • One trustee can represent the Board on this committee.
  • This committee is advisory to the Board and Administration of the district in making recommendations for students, staff, and programs related to wellness. 

 

Gifted and Talented Committee

Purpose: The district has established the Gifted and Talented Committee to develop, evaluate, and problem-solve issues related to Gifted and Talented instruction as they arise.

Description: The Gifted and Talented Committee to develop, evaluate, and problem-solve issues related to Gifted and Talented instruction as they arise, including staffing, program design and implementation, and evaluation.

Looks Like:

  • Gifted and Talented Committee meets as needed.
  • One trustee can represent the Board on this committee.
  • The committee is led by the Curriculum Director and includes the Superintendent or Designee.
  • This committee will make recommendations to the Superintendent.

 

Behavior Committee

Purpose: The district has established the behavior committee to review current practices related to behavior, including but not limited to, behavior support programs, behavioral interventions, staffing, and data collection, and then to make recommendations to the Superintendent regarding any proposed changes.

Description: The Behavior Committee considers the Board's priorities in behavioral support areas. The committee suggests program, policy and procedural modifications that may be appropriate to support behavioral needs that are consistent with the Board goal of maintaining K-12 continuity. This includes making recommendations for continuous improvement, long range program goals, assessment/data gathering tools, and staffing/budget considerations.

Looks Like:

  • Behavior Committee meets as needed.
  • Two trustees can represent the Board on this committee.
  • The committee is led by an appointed committee member.
  • This committee will make recommendations to the Superintendent.