The creation and maintenance of policies is a central job of our school board.
Board policy describes a broad statement of intent. It generally leaves implementation details to the Superintendent. A good way to think about it is that a policy approved by the board describes what should be done while implementation procedures, designed and carried out by the Superintendent and staff, describe how tasks will be completed. There are some exceptions. The policies on harassment, for example, based on legal requirements must list specific procedures to be followed in handling a potential harassment case.
There are five main categories of policies. Our school board follows a schedule to review and re-approve all policies every five years.
Questions related to policies should first be directed to the Superintendent’s Office.
Types of Policies
Student Outcomes (Ends)
This policy describes the desired goals for our students in terms of learning outcomes and development.
Mandatory and Recommended Policies
These policies relate to state or federal laws or regulations that a school district must have a policy governing its activities in a certain area or that enable the board to give direction to administrators in areas in which operational parameters should be established.
These policies relate to how the board defines the scope and practices that make up its own job description and responsibilities.
These policies relate to the limits or boundaries on the authority granted to the Superintendent in terms of the organization’s operational practices used to reach the ends.
Board Superintendent Relationship
These policies relate to the board’s interpretation of the Superintendent’s role as the leader of the organization and how the Superintendent’s performance will be assessed.
Policy Adoption Process
Policies Currently Under Review or Consideration
Any policies currently under review or consideration are listed below.