Diman School Committee
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 PM. The announcement of each meeting is posted 48 hours prior to the meeting.
Current School Committee Members
- Laurenio Couto - Fall River, Chairperson
- Ronald Silvia, Sr. - Swansea, Assistant Treasurer
- Paul Jennings - Westport, Vice-Chairperson
- Donald DiBiasio - Somerset
- Joan Menard - Fall River
- Diane Nadeau - Fall River
School Committee Schedule
Schedule of School Committee meetings for the upcoming school year, which are held the second Thursday of every month at 5:30 PM. Meetings are held in the school's conference room, unless noted otherwise.2012-2013 school year meetings:
- August 16
- September 13
- October 11
- November 14
- December 10 (Rescheduled from December 13)
- January 23 (Rescheduled from January 10)
- February 27 (Rescheduled from February 14)
- March 14
- April 23 (Rescheduled from April 11)
- May 15 (Rescheduled from May 9)
- June 13
CODE of ethics for school board members
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.
Download the original Diman Regional agreement here (29MB PDF file).