A school council is made up of parents, the principal, staff, and community members. Parent members must comprise more than one-third of the school council's total membership. A parent member of school council whose child no longer attends the school is no longer eligible to serve as a parent member.
School council elections are held in February or March each year. All parents or guardians of students enrolled at the school are eligible to vote for parent members, and staff vote for staff members. School council members are elected for approximately a two-year term.
The School Council offers the opportunity for wider participation by parents through various sub-committees. A number of these sub-committees operate to help with the smooth running of the school and include; Facilities, Education and Finance. The sub-committees meet monthly and report back to the School Council. Interested parents are warmly invited to attend or join any committee that interests them and help to contribute to improvements for students of Lalor North Primary School.
School councils have three main responsibilities:
- Finance – overseeing the development of the school’s annual budget and ensuring proper records are kept of the school’s financial operation.
- Strategic Planning – participating in the development and monitoring of the school strategic plan.
- Policy Development and Review – developing, reviewing and updating policies that reflect a school’s values and support the school’s broad direction outlined in its strategic plan.
Other key functions of school councils include:
- Raising funds for school-related purposes
- Maintaining school grounds and facilities
- Entering into contracts
- Reporting annually to the school community and the Department
- Representing and taking the views of the community into account
- Regulating and facilitating after-hours use of school premises and grounds
- Operating a children’s service at the school.