Board Bylaw††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 9021(a)
The Governing Board believes the following three components are vital to effective school governance:
I.†††††††††††† To be effective, an individual trustee:
∑ Keeps learning and achievement for all students as the primary focus.
∑ Values, supports and advocates for public education.
∑ Recognizes and respects differences of perspective and style on the board and among staff, students, parents and the community.
∑ Acts with dignity, and understands the implications of demeanor and behavior.
∑ Keeps confidential matters confidential.
∑ Participates in professional development and commits the time and energy necessary to be an informed and effective leader.
∑ Understands the definitions between board and staff roles, and refrains from performing management functions that are the responsibility of the superintendent and staff.
∑ Understands that authority rests with the board as a whole and not with individuals.
II.†††††††††††† To operate effectively, the board must have a unity of purpose and:
∑ Keep the district focused on learning and achievement for all students
∑ Communicate a common vision.
∑ Operate openly, with trust and integrity.
∑ Govern in a dignified and professional manner, treating everyone with civility and respect.
∑ Govern within board-adopted policies and administrative regulations.
∑ Take collective responsibility for the boardís performance.
∑ Periodically evaluate its own effectiveness.
∑ Ensure opportunities for the diverse range of views in the community to inform board deliberations.
III.††††††††††† Effective boards:
∑ Involve the community, parents, students, participating districts and staff in developing a common vision for the district focused on learning and achievement and responsive to the needs of all students.
∑ Adopt, evaluate and update policies consistent with the law and the districtís vision and goals.
∑ Maintain accountability for student learning by adopting the district curriculum and monitoring student progress.
III.††††††††††† Effective boards, cont.
∑ Hire and support the superintendent so that the vision, goals and policies of the district can be implemented.
∑ Conduct regular and timely evaluations of the superintendent based on the vision, goals and performance of the district, and ensure that the superintendent holds the district personnel accountable.
∑ Adopt a fiscally responsible budget based on the districtís vision and goals, and regularly monitor the fiscal heath of the district.
∑ Ensure that a safe and appropriate educational environment is provided to all students.
∑ Establish a framework for the districtís collective bargaining process and adopt responsible agreements.
∑ Provide community leadership on educational issues and advocate on behalf of district students and public education at the local, state and federal levels.
Bylaw Adopted:††††††††††† May 28, 2002