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Board Responsibilities

We set the direction for the community's schools

  • Focus on student learning
  • Assess needs/ baseline data
  • Generate, review or revise setting direction documents (beliefs, vision, priorities, strategic goals, success indicators)
  • Ensure an appropriate inclusive process is used
  • Ensure these documents are a driving force for all district efforts

We establish an effective and efficient structure for the school district

  • Employ the superintendent and set policy for hiring of other personnel
  • Oversee the development of and adopt policies
  • Set a direction for and adopt the curriculum
  • Establish budget priorities, adopt the budget and oversee facilities issues
  • Provide direction for and vote to accept collective bargaining agreements

We provide support through our behavior and actions

  • Act with professional demeanor that models the district's beliefs and vision
  • Make decisions and provide resources that support mutually agreed upon priorities and goals
  • Uphold district policies the board has approved
  • Ensure a positive personnel climate exists
  • Be knowledgeable enough about district efforts to explain them to the public

We ensure accountability to the public

  • Evaluate the superintendent
  • Monitor, review and revise policies
  • Serve as a judicial and appeals body
  • Monitor student achievement and program effectiveness and require program changes as indicated
  • Monitor and adjust district finances
  • Monitor the collective bargaining process

We act as community leaders

  • Speak with a common voice about district priorities, goals and issues
  • Engage and involve the community in district schools and activities
  • Communicate clear information about policies, programs and fiscal condition
  • Educate the community and the media about the issues facing the district and public education
  • Advocate for children, district programs and public education to the general public, community leaders and local, state and national leaders

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