As the corporate entity charged by law with governing a school District, each school Board sits in trust for its entire community.
The obligation to govern effectively imposes some fundamental duties on the Board…
As its primary task, the board continually defines, articulates, and re-defines district ends to answer the recurring question — who gets what benefits for how much? Effective ends development requires attention to at least two (2) key concerns: Student Learning and Organizational Effectiveness.
The school board engages in an ongoing two-way conversation with the entire community. This conversation enables the board to hear and understand the community’s educational aspirations and desires, to serve effectively as an advocate for District improvement, and to inform the community of the District’s performance.
The Board employs and evaluates one (1) person — the Superintendent — and holds that person accountable for District performance and compliance with written Board policy.
The Board delegates authority to the Superintendent to manage the District and provide leadership for the staff. Such authority is communicated through written Board policies that designate District ends and define operating parameters.
The Board constantly monitors progress toward District ends and compliance with written Board policies using data as the basis for assessment.
The Board, collectively and individually, takes full responsibility for Board activity and behavior — the work it chooses to do and how it chooses to do the work. Individual Board members are obligated to express their opinions and respect others’ opinions; however, Board members understand the importance of abiding by the majority decisions of the Board.