Salem P.S. Council-What is Salem P.S. Council?

Posted September 7, 2023

The  School  council  is  an  advisory  body  which  represents  the  parents,  staff  and  students  within  the community.   They  provide  input  to  the  Principal  and,  where  applicable,  to  the  board.   The  council contributes  to  improving the  students’  environment  and  learning by  working  co-operatively  with  the staff and  parent  community. 

The  majority  of council members  are  parents.   Parent  members  may  choose  to  be  a  parent representative  or  fill one  of  the  four executive  roles  that  are  present  on  our council.  These  are  Chair,  coChair,  secretary  and  treasurer.   The  council also  includes  one  teaching  staff  member,  community  representatives,  and the Principal.   All council positions  are for a  one  year term,  beginning  in  September. 

If  you  were  on  council  you  could: 

  • Assist  in  the  development  of  our  school  improvement  plans  (system,  school  and  curriculum) 
  • Participate  on  committees  (School  Environment,  Communications,  Fundraising,  Parent Involvement) 
  • Be an  executive  member 
  • Provide  input  on  the  allocation  of  funds  from  fundraising events 
  • Provide  input  on  fundraising  events 
  • Be  informed  about  our  programs,  school  based  decisions 
  • Provide  input  into  the  school’s  code  of  conduct  and  dress  code  every  3  years 

Council  Members Responsibilities: 

  • Attend  and  participate  in  council  meetings  (approx.  5-6  per year) 
  • Contribute  positively  to  the  discussions  at  meetings 
  • Solicit  the  views  of  other parents  and  the  community  to  share  at  meetings 

Additional  responsibilities  for  Executive  Positions:   

Chair and  Co-Chair 

  • Communicate  with  the  Principal/Vice  Principal  on  behalf of Council and  parents   
  • Arrange  meeting  dates  and  prepare  agendas 
  • Chair  Council meetings 


  • Record  and  maintain  accurate  records  of  Council  meetings 


  • Maintain  accurate  and  up  to  date  accounting records  for  council  funds 
  • Present  a financial  report  at  meetings 

If  you  want  to  be  a  member  of  would  like  to  discuss  this  further  please  email the school principal at [email protected]  or  come  out  to  a meeting,  they  are  open  to  everyone;  you  do  not  have  to sit  on  council  to  attend a  council  meeting.   

The  first  meeting  of  the  2023 – 2024 school year  will  be  Tuesday September  19th  at  6:30pm in the library.  Meeting locations are communicated shortly before each meeting with the community.  The first meeting of the year is in person at the school. 

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