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.


Board Bylaw †††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 9021(b)




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