Legal Functions of the Board
The board considers its most important legal functions fall into the following categories:
1. Legislative or Policy Making – The board is responsible for the development of policy and for the employment of a superintendent who shall carry out its policy through the development and implementation of regulations.
2. Educational Planning and Appraisal – The board is responsible for acquiring and requiring reliable information from responsible sources which shall enable it to make the best possible decisions about the scope and nature of the educational program. The board is responsible for requiring appraisals of the results of the educational program.
3. Staffing and Appraisal – The board is responsible for employing a chief executive officer (the superintendent of schools) and the staff necessary for carrying out the instructional program, for establishing salaries and salary schedules and other terms and conditions of employment, and for establishing personnel policies districtwide in application.
4. Financial Resources – The board is responsible for adopting a budget that will provide the financial basis for buildings, staff, materials and equipment which will enable the district to carry out the educational program. The board is responsible for exercising control over the finances of the district to assure proper use of and accounting for all district funds.
5. School Facilities – The board is responsible for determining school-housing needs, for communicating these needs to the community, for purchasing and disposing of properties, and for approving building plans that will support and enhance the educational program.
6. Communication with Public – The board is responsible for providing adequate and direct means for keeping the local citizenry informed about the schools and for keeping itself informed about the wishes of the public.
7. Judicial – The board is responsible for acting as a court of appeal for school staff members, students and the public when issues involve board policies and their fair implementation.
The board may exercise the above legal powers and duties only when convened in a legally-constituted meeting.