School Meeting is composed of the staff and
students of the school. It is responsible for
running the school. The New School is a
democratic entity. Every member of the
community, staff and student alike, has one vote
in the School Meeting, the meeting at which all
financial and legislative decisions are made.
The Meetings, held weekly, follow a modified
version of Roberts' Rules of Order. Such rigor
keeps discussions focused on the agenda,
emphasizes the seriousness of the groups'
considerations, and insures that all are heard.
Proposals duly submitted in writing to the
Recording Secretary, are placed on the agenda
for discussion and voting. School laws are
adopted or repealed, corporations are formed,
field trips arranged, activities’funding
determined, judicial reports attended to and
serious infractions investigated and addressed
with due process. Because they are responsible
for the continued existence of the school, the
children take these responsibilities very
seriously. Each child has as much voice in these
discussions as any adult. The children are as
thoughtful in their opinions and as
conscientious as any adult.
Elections are held for the various offices of
the school. Yearly elections are held for the
staff positions for the following year. Many
administrative positions at the school, either
elected or voluntary, are held by students.
School Meeting Chair, Recording Secretary,
Judicial Clerk, Attendance Clerk, Parlimentarian,
and Computer Archon are administrative posts
filled by students.