School Committee

Picture of School Committee Members

(from left to right: Dr. Edward Schreier, Kay Praschma, Aylene Calnan, Liza O’Reilly, Michelle Ayer, Cynthia Galko, and Carlos Da Silva)

Term Expires 2018: Aylene Calnan – Vice Chair, Cynthia Galko – Secretary

Term Expires 2019: Liza O’Reilly – Chair, Carlos Da Silva, Kay Praschma

Term Expires 2020: Edward Schreier, Michelle Ayer

News

Message to Special Education Families from the School Committee – 1/30/17

Message to High School Families and Staff from the School Committee – 1/27/17

Communications

Persons interested in communicating with the School Committee may:

  • Send a letter to the School Committee Chair or an individual member, c/o the School Department at 220 Central Street.  Letters marked Confidential will be forwarded unopened to the individual.  Please note that according to School Committee Policy 3.7.5, anonymous communications will be disregarded.
  • Send an e-mail to [email protected].  A designated school official will receive and print or forward emails to the School Committee Chair for sharing and response, as appropriate.
  • Telephone the School Department at 781-741-1500.  Choose 1 on the menu to speak with Pam King, Administrative Assistant to the Superintendent and School Committee.
  • Contact the Committee members directly at the following email addresses.
    Liza O’Reilly, Chair:   [email protected]
    Aylene Calnan, Vice Chair [email protected]
    Cynthia Galko, Secretary  [email protected]
    Ed Schreier [email protected]
    Kay Praschma   [email protected]
    Carlos DaSilva   [email protected]
    Michelle Ayer [email protected]

    NOTICE:
     The Secretary of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts has determined that email is a public record.  Please keep this in mind when writing or responding to any emails.  Email messages are archived in compliance with state and federal public records law.

Meetings

The School Committee conducts its business in open public meetings, the goal and objectives which include, but are not limited to: (i) establishing and periodically reviewing policies, (ii) assuring that the Superintendent uses competent and conscientious personnel and evaluates their performance in implementing School Committee policies, (iii) adopting budgets which will provide sufficient funds to operate the school system economically and effectively to the extent possible given fiscal constraints, (iv) monitoring the school administration’s execution of established policies and (v) establishing and evaluating annual School Committee & Superintendent performance objectives.

The Committee generally meets every other Monday night and establishes an annual meeting schedule during the month of August. In January, extra meetings are generally held on Thursday nights for budget discussions.  Meeting schedules, agendas and minutes are posted online.

Subcommittees

Each member is given one or more subcommittee assignments by the School Committee chairperson annually.  Each of the six school councils is also assigned a school committee member liaison.

Authority

The School Committee derives its authority from Massachusetts General Law and maintains its authority when they serve as a legal body. Members have no authority over school affairs when they act as an individual. The School Committee’s powers and duties consist of the following: the power to select, to evaluate and terminate the Superintendent, to review and approve the school budget, establish educational goals and standards consistent with the law’s requirements, conduct collective bargaining with all school department bargaining units, hire legal counsel for said bargaining and other general purposes and submit an annual report to the town on the state of the schools. The School Committee consists of seven members chosen by ballot from the registered voters of Hingham to staggered terms. Each term is three years and expires at the annual town election; there is no limit on reelection. Members serve without any compensation.

Massachusetts Public Records Access Officer

Massachusetts Public Records Law, Chapter 66, Section 10 of the Massachusetts General Laws, applies to records made or received by a Massachusetts governmental entity. To request records from Hingham Public Schools, contact the Records Access Officer, Dorothy H. Galo, Superintendent for the Hingham Public Schools. Contact Dr. Galo at the School Department, 220 Central Street, Hingham, Massachusetts 02043. She can be reached by telephone at 781-741-1500, by e-mail at [email protected], or by fax at (781)749-7457.