The School Boards (Scotland) Act
1988 gives each primary, secondary and special school
the right to elect its own School Board.
The membership of School Boards comprises
parents (who have a majority), school staff members
and co-opted members (chosen to represent the community).
Local councillors, representatives of the West Lothian
Council and Head Teachers have a right to attend the
Board meetings but cannot be actual members of a Board.
School Boards have a variety of duties
and functions including communication with parents,
fund-raising, taking part in the appointment of senior
staff of a school, and arranging the use of premises
out with normal school hours. Boards can ask the council
to give them certain additional responsibilities.
A leaflet detailing the functions,
membership and regulations governing school boards is
available from the Education Services (School Board