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One of the most important tasks of a Board of Education is the development of Board Policy. An effective Board of Education must find a balance among the many areas of its key work. Its primary role and responsibility is in the following areas:
1. Hiring the Superintendent of Schools;
2. Defining the vision;
3. Approving the budget;
4. Approving policy;
5. Focusing on results; and
6. Advocating for students.
Effective board policies:
• Are precise;
• Reflect the overall values of the board and community;
• Are consistent with the Board’s vision;
• Clearly define the school system’s goals and objectives;
• Are flexible and able to respond effectively to operational issues as they arise;
• Create a shared understanding by clearly defining expectations, roles and responsibilities;
• Envision and measure clear outcomes, and are written in plain language.
The Board develops policy with the assistance of management, and with input from education partners and the public. The policy development process is outlined in Policy 2500.
There are two other levels of administrative directives and guidance documents:
1. Procedures. Developed by senior management within the school district to offer clear direction and guidance to carry out the policies, goals and objectives of the Board.
2. Practices. Developed by staff members and approved by department heads to provide information and assistance to the various department members to effectively and correctly complete their work.
The Policy Manual is available in electronic form for district wide use.
Procedures will be approved by the senior management team and published in electronic format along with the policies.
Practices will be approved by the department head and posted on the department’s web page for its own private use.
The structure of policies and procedures is as follows:
Table of Contents
The pages below list each section's full table of contents, making it easy to find any policy, regulation, A-memo or appendix by policy number.
Foundations and Philosophic Commitments: Includes the district's mission statement, guiding principles, motto and logo policies.
Board Governance and Operations: Guidelines regarding the board's operations, procedures, practices, and conduct.
General District Administration: Policies regarding the organization of the district, including those pertaining to the Superintendent and other senior management positions.
Finance: Policies concerning the financial aspects of the school district, including those pertaining to the budget, purchasing and accounting procedures.
Support Services: Policies regarding non-instructional services and programs, such as critical incident procedures, bus transportation, student records and school equipment.
Facilities: Covers new construction, long-range planning, renovating and remodeling, maintenance, and leasing and renting of facilities.
Personnel & Employee Relations: Policies dealing with recruitment and selection, contracts, tenure, assignment and transfer, employee benefits, retirement and resignation.
Curriculum & Instruction: As the name suggests, policies regarding school courses and other education-specific topics.
Students: Policies regarding student registration, placement, health & safety, and school fees.
School-Community Relations: Pertains to relations with the general public, community organizations, and other public agencies.
NUMERIC ORDER AND FILING OF PROCEDURES
The Procedures are numbered and issued using the Policy number as the authority for the issuance of a policy and therefore, the numbering format will be that each procedure under a policy would be given an extension number starting with one.
Policies currently out for Public Feedback:
** There are no policies requiring public feedback at this time.
If you wish to provide feedback on any of these policies, please email Karen Yoxall at: firstname.lastname@example.org