What Does the School Board Do?
The school board has a wide variety of responsibilities, such as adopting a balanced annual budget and issuing interim financial reports, adopting the school calendar, negotiating contracts with employee unions, approving curriculum materials and closing or constructing schools. Perhaps the most important thing the school board can do is to establish a vision for the community's schools that reflects a consensus of the board, community and district staff.
What philosophy of education do we want our local schools to have? What should our students know and be able to do when they graduate? How can schools best educate students who come from diverse backgrounds? These are some of the types of questions that the school board must ponder when trying to establish a vision.