Serving on a School BoardAs a member of the board of education, you will be expected to fulfill certain responsibilities, including:
You should also:
- Establishing goals for the public schools based on student educational needs, parent and community aspirations, state and federal standards and district financial resources.
- Developing a philosophy of education that will become the basis for sound decisions that affect the governance of your community's schools.
- Developing policies to guide the administration in managing the schools; developing bylaws to direct the board in carrying out its governance responsibilities.
- Developing a community understanding of educational issues and school policies through the maintenance of effective communications systems.
- Providing adequate financing for the district's present and future needs.
- Ensuring quality education by providing adequate facilities and equipment.|
- Establishing conditions that enable the administration to recruit and effectively evaluate professional staff.
- Engaging in board self-evaluation and inservice training programs for the purpose of providing well-informed leadership and sound decision-making.
- Establishing a process for the board to negotiate in good faith with its employees, while representing community educational goals and financial interests.
- Understand that your responsibility is not to administer the schools, but to work with the board to see that the schools are well run.
- Understand that education today is extremely complex.
- Listen to opposing views and be able to defend the board's philosophy and goals.
- Be willing to invest the many hours necessary to meet your responsibilities.
- Serve out of a sincere desire to benefit the community rather than for personal glory or to carry out personal objectives.
- Bear in mind that, as a state official, you have a responsibility to all the children in the state, not only to those in the local district.