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 5 years.
Questions about policies should start with the Superintendent's Office
Types of Policies
Defining policies in each of the categories creates the framework from which all organizational activity occurs. By making explicit statements about values, the board maintains control while enabling staff to complete the day to day management of the school district.
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.
Governance Process Policies
These policies relate to how the board defines the scope and practices that make up its own job description and responsibilities.
Executive Limitations Policies
These policies relate to the limits or boundaries on the authority granted to the Superintendent in terms of hte organization's operational practices used to reach the ends.
Board Superintendent Relationship Policies
These policies relate to the board's interpretation of the Superintendent's role as the leader of the organizaiton and how the Superintendent's performance will be assessed.
Policy Adoption Process
The first step in adopting a policy is to recognize a need, which is often driven by local circumstance and/or state or federal law. Draft policies are written and revised based on input from affected groups and/or individuals before being reviewed by legal counsel to ensure it complies with any applicable laws. To be formally adopted, policies must be voted on by the board during a regular board meeting, which must be advertised in advance and provide opportunity for public comment.
Policies Currently Under Review or Consideration
Any policies currently under review or consideration are listed below.