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Town of Chelmsford, MA
Middlesex County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Meeting of the Town of Chelmsford as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
[Adopted 5-2-1996 ATM by Art. 18]
[Amended 4-24-2017 ATM by Art. 27]
The Town of Chelmsford Arts and Technology Education Fund is established in accordance with the provisions of MGL c. 60, § 3C, as amended by Chapter 218 of the Acts of 2016, to provide supplemental educational funding for local educational needs.
As used in this article, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
LOCAL EDUCATIONAL NEEDS
The needs of those schools and students that are under the jurisdiction of the local educational agency (LEA), which is the Chelmsford public schools.
SUPPLEMENTAL EDUCATIONAL FUNDING
That which adds to, enhances or continues the educational opportunities provided by the local educational agency and funded by the Town of Chelmsford. Supplemental funding will not take the place of funds requested in the Chelmsford School Committee's annual budget request which support the essential curriculum and programs of the Chelmsford public schools or be used to create new, ongoing programs or reinstitute canceled programs that a future annual budget of the Chelmsford public schools might be expected to support. All requests for supplemental funding must support the mission and beliefs of the Chelmsford public schools and be in accordance with Chelmsford School Committee policy.
[Amended 4-24-2017 ATM by Art. 27]
[Amended 4-24-2017 ATM by Art. 27]
The Chelmsford Arts and Technology Education Fund will include the subject areas concerning the liberal and fine arts and technology. Grant requests shall be made through an application process for funding of programs, events, supplies and/or equipment. (Funds are not intended for stipends or salaries.) The Chelmsford Arts and Technology Education Fund will be known hereafter and referred to as the "Chelmsford ATEF."
A. 
There will be established a Chelmsford ATEF Committee to administer the Chelmsford ATEF and to authorize the expenditure of its funds.
B. 
Members of the Chelmsford ATEF Committee will include the Superintendent of Schools or his/her designee thereof, and eight residents of the Town of Chelmsford that will include at least three parents/grandparents/guardians of children presently enrolled in Chelmsford public schools.
[Amended 4-24-2006 ATM by Art. 26]
C. 
Appointment to three-year terms will be made in accordance with the statute. Upon initial formation of the ATEF Committee, terms of members will be arranged so that the terms of as nearly an equal number of members as is possible shall expire each year.
D. 
Meetings.
(1) 
The Chelmsford ATEF Committee shall meet as many times as deemed necessary and appropriate for the conduct of ATEF Committee business.
[Amended 4-24-2017 ATM by Art. 27]
(2) 
Attendance at meetings of the Chelmsford ATEF Committee is strongly encouraged. Absence from 50% of more of its meetings in a given year will result in the dismissal of said appointment, and there will be a new appointment for the remainder of the term.
(3) 
A quorum for purposes of transacting business shall consist of five members. Decisions will be based upon a vote of the majority of the members present.
(4) 
A Chairperson and a Secretary will be elected by the ATEF Committee annually.
[Amended 4-24-2017 ATM by Art. 27]
(5) 
The Town Treasurer-Collector shall provide the ATEF Committee with financial reports on the status of the Chelmsford ATEF.
[Amended 10-21-1999 ATM by Art. 31; 4-24-2017 ATM by Art. 27]
[Amended 10-21-1999 ATM by Art. 31; 4-24-2017 ATM by Art. 27]
A. 
Grant requests shall be presented in the format specified by the Committee requesting funding from the Chelmsford ATEF. Applications shall be available from January to March of each year. They shall be postmarked or stamped no later than March 31 of the same year for review by the ATEF Committee. The final awards shall be implemented in the following fiscal year.
B. 
Application for such funds may be made by a school council (as established under MGL c. 71, § 59C) and by members of the professional teaching staff employed by the Chelmsford public schools.
C. 
The funds will be dispersed through the Town Treasurer-Collector after the application, presentation and decision process have been completed. The Chelmsford public schools shall create a budget line item from which the approved funds may be withdrawn via proof of purchase or purchase orders.
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