School Committee Overview
In accordance with the Diman Regional charter signed on July 30, 1963, the School Committee shall consist of one member from each town (Swansea, Somerset, Westport) and three from the City of Fall River. Members from each town, shall be elected at annual town elections, with city members being appointed by the Mayor.
The Committee is bound by the State's Open Law Meeting Law. It must conduct all business in open session, except for matters relating to collective bargaining and personnel, which are conducted in executive session. In addition, the committee prepares for public sessions and accomplishes some of its work through subcommittees. The subcommittees usually consist of one or two committee members who work with members of the administration and staff on issues that the committee is responsible for or has an interest in.
Meetings are held the second Thursday of every month at 5:30 p.m. The announcement of each meeting is posted 48 hours prior to the meeting.
Code of Ethics
As a member of my local Board of Education, I will strive to improve public education, and to that end I will Attend all regularly scheduled board meetings insofar as possible, and become informed concerning the issues to be considered at those meetings; Recognize that I should endeavor to make policy decisions only after full discussion at publicly held board meetings; Render all decisions based on the available facts and my independent judgment, and refuse to surrender that judgment to individuals or special interest groups; Encourage the free expression of opinion by all board members, and seek systematic communications between the board and students, staff, and all elements of the community; Work with other board members to establish effective board policies and to delegate authority for the administration of the schools to the superintendent; Communicate to other board members and the superintendent expressions of public reaction to board policies and school programs; Inform myself about current educational issues by individual study and through participation in programs providing needed information, such as those sponsored by my state and national school board associations; Support the employment of those persons best qualified to serve as school staff, and insist on a regular and impartial evaluation of all staff; Avoid being placed in position of conflict of interest; Take no private action that will compromise the board or administration, and respect the confidentiality of information that is privileged under applicable law; and remember always that my first and greatest concern must be the educational welfare of the student attending the public school.
Lifetime Achievement Award
School Committee Members
- Jeffrey Begin - Swansea
- Donald DiBiasio - Somerset
- Paul Jennings - Westport, Chairperson
- Rajiv Nehra - Fall River
- Joan Menard - Fall River
- Father Jay Mello - Fall River
Schedule of School Committee meetings for the upcoming school year, which are held the second Thursday of every month at 5:30 p.m. unless otherwise indicated. Meetings are held in the District's Conference Room, 251 Stonehaven Road, Fall River, MA, unless noted otherwise.
2022-2023 school year meetings:
- August 11, 2022
- September 15, 2022
- October 13, 2022
- Monday, November 7, 2022
- December 8, 2022
- January 12, 2023
- February 9, 2023
- March 9, 2023 - Budget Hearing
- April 12, 2023 - Wednesday
- May 11, 2023
- June 15, 2023