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2000 BOARD OPERATIONAL GOALS
The Board of Education, as a legally constituted body of elected representatives, bears the responsibility of setting policy for the school district. The Board acts in accordance with authority and responsibility vested in it by federal and state laws, rules, and regulations on behalf of the district's citizens.
In order to ensure that its educational programs provide all students with a high-quality education, the Board hereby establishes as its goals:
1. Children’s interests come first. The board will represent the needs and interests of all the children in our district.
2. Listen courteously to parents, community and staff members with questions and complaints, referring them to the appropriate member of the school staff according to policies and the District Community Chain for Contact (both can be located on the District website).
3. Clearly state goals. The board will adopt the superintendent’s annual goals for themselves and the district.
4. Utilize CEO input. The superintendent is the chief executive officer and should make recommendations, proposals or suggestions on most matters that come before the board.
5. Recognize that authority to act rests with the entire board or a legally constituted quorum of the board and the business may be transacted only in official meetings. Refrain from making commitments to individuals or groups as an individual board member. The board will emphasize planning, policy-making, and communication rather than becoming involved in the management of the schools (governance). If a board member wants to add an item to the agenda they should contact the Board President or Superintendent prior to the board meeting.
6. In Meetings: Board members and/or Superintendent should not hear of issues or concerns from fellow Board members or the Superintendent for the first time in a public setting. We are a team and no individual should monopolize the conversation. Debate the issues, not one another. If someone isn’t contributing, encourage them to participate in the discussion. Our behavior should model: candor, courage and character (especially respect).
7. Practice efficient decision-making. Board meetings are for decision-making, action and votes, not endless discussion. We agree to move to the question when discussion is repetitive.
8. Executive/closed sessions will be held only for appropriate subjects. Executive sessions will be held only when specific needs arise. Board members will be extremely sensitive to the legal ramifications of their meetings and comments.
9. Protocols will be reviewed annually.