1620 Board-Superintendent Relationship
The successful operation of schools requires a close, effective working relationship between the Board and the Superintendent. The relationship must be one of mutual respect, trust, goodwill and candor. As the legally designated governing body, the Board retains final authority within the district. The Superintendent is the Board’s professional advisor to whom the Board delegates executive and administrative responsibility.
The Board is charged with setting district policy and the Superintendent is charged with carrying out and enforcing that policy. It is essential that each recognize and respect one another’s areas of responsibility. To clarify their relationship, the following principles are adopted:
In furtherance of these principles, the Board and Superintendent will set annual goals and meet regularly during the year to evaluate the effectiveness of the team.
The Board and the Superintendent will maintain a system of communication and interaction that builds upon mutual respect and trust. In order to perform their responsibilities, Board members must be familiar with the operations of the district. The Superintendent, in order to perform his or her responsibilities, must also be kept advised of issues and have the authority to control the utilization of the district’s staff. It is therefore the policy of the Board that: