L to R: Bryan Pearce-Gonzales, Tori Stanford (2019-20 student representative), Karen Anderson-Holman, Allyson Pate (Chair), Elyus Wallace, Erica Truban, Jason Van Heukelum (Superintendent), Richard Bell, Marie Imoh (Vice Chair), Michael Birchenough. Not Pictured: Elliot Eyre, 2019-20 student representative
The members of the Winchester Public Schools board represent a wide range of professions, interests, and ages. They are appointed by City Council, serve four-year terms, and are limited to two consecutive terms. School Board members make decisions based on the advice and counsel of education professionals, but they keep in mind the desires of the public they serve.
The functions of the School Board are policy-forming and legislative, while those of the Superintendent are administrative and executive. The School Board directs the expenditure of a $63 million budget, oversees a 800+ member school staff which includes teachers, staff professionals, and support personnel, and carries out the responsibilities connected with the ownership and maintenance of school buildings and sites worth over $200 million. The School Board works within the broader framework of state and federal law, and each member of the board is accountable to the citizens of Winchester.
The overall supervision of the Winchester Public Schools is a cooperative effort in which the School Board, Superintendent, and staff members work together for the best interests of our 4,368 students and the public.