The Aspiri Primary School Board is the peak advisory and decision making group within the school. The Board is comprised of staff, parents and community members, with community members and parents in the majority. The Board meets at least once per term to monitor school performance and provide guidance on our strategic direction.
The School Board
The Board of a public school works with the school community to achieve the best outcomes for students. It plays an important role in contributing to good school governance so that school resources are used efficiently and community expectations and the school’s priorities reflect the needs of students. There are two types of school Boards: Incorporated and Unincorporated. Most schools have an unincorporated Board. Incorporated Boards have higher levels of obligations and additional functions. An Unincorporated Board uses approved Terms of Reference to define its way of working and to meet the requirements of the legislation. They also include guidelines on the roles and responsibilities of school Board, membership, induction and procedures for conducting elections and meetings.
An Incorporated Board must have a Constitution which defines its rules and way of working. The Constitution meets legislative requirements and includes advice on the roles of Office Bearers, meetings and proceedings, management of finances, disputes and mediation, legal responsibilities, induction and requirement to obtain insurance.
The functions of a Board are covered by legislation and include both approval and advisory roles. Some of the matters Boards may make decisions on include fees and charges, book lists, sponsorship and dress codes. Boards make these decisions with the Principal who ensures the decisions adhere to legislative and policy requirements. Principals also seek the advice of Boards so as to understand local community views. The Board does not intervene in the control or management of the school. This is the role of the principal.
Being a Board member
Being a member of a Board is an important and rewarding role that contributes greatly to the success of a school. Members include the Principal, parents, staff, and others from the wider community who can lend their skills and expertise to the school. When a vacancy occurs on the Board, the Principal seeks nominations. Before an appointment is made to a Board a Screening Clearance Number may be requested from the nominee. The term for which members sit on the Board is determined by each school Board in accordance with legislation.
Support for Board members
A new program called Linking Schools and Communities has been developed to support Board members in their role. The program provides them with training and online resources that are accessible, flexible and respond to the changing needs of Boards. Board members can also seek advice on training, resources and other council matters from the Department’s Innovation and Governance unit. P&C Association members can also seek support from the Western Australian Council of State School Organisations (WACSSO).