A Guide to the Waterford Board of Education
15 Rope Ferry Road
Waterford, Connecticut 06385-2886
Board of Education Information
Nine local citizens are elected to serve unsalaried, staggered four-year terms on the Board of Education. Following an election, Board Members are sworn in. The Board of Education elects a Chairperson and Secretary, on an annual basis in December.
The Board of Education is charged by the State of Connecticut to:
- Set educational goals and school-related policies meeting State and Federal statutory requirements;
- Hire and evaluate the qualified Superintendent, administrators, teachers and staff;
- Operate and maintain school buildings and grounds; and
- Determine and handle expenditure of monies appropriated by the Town for the support of the schools.
Meetings of the Waterford Board of Education are held at 7:00 p.m. on the fourth Thursday of most months in the year. The yearly organizational meeting is held in December. The time and location of meetings are posted in Board of Education Offices and the Town Clerk's Office. Meetings are conducted in public and agendas are available to citizens. Special meetings are called by the Chairperson as required. Notice of special meetings, including Budget Hearings, are posted in Town Hall, barring emergency circumstances.
Since the Board of Education is responsible to the electorate to set policies which reflect the needs and concerns of the community, it welcomes dialogue with citizens regarding the schools and their educational programs. Each regular agenda has a section early in the meeting reserved for comments and questions. Persons wishing to address the Board must give their name and address at that time. Once the Board moves into the regular agenda, comments and questions are restricted to the specific agenda item being discussed. At any time the Chairperson may curtail public discussion (see Board Policy #1120).
Reporters from The Day, Patch.com, and The Waterford Times cover most Board of Education meetings.
All votes of the Board of Education are majority votes of those present, with proxy votes not acceptable. Five members of the Board are necessary for a quorum.
Under the Freedom of Information Act, the Board of Education is permitted to enter Executive Session to discuss personnel, negotiations, litigation, security or other items as permitted by law. The Board May hold an Executive Session upon a two-thirds vote.
Minutes of the Board of Education meetings are public and are filed at the Town Hall. Citizens may also request copies of minutes by contacting the Superintendent's Office at Central Office (860) 444-5852. They are also available on the website by clicking the link on left for Agendas & Minutes.