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 trust, good will and candor. As the legally designated governing body, the board retains final authority within the district. The board exercises those powers that are expressly required and implied by law. The superintendent is the board’s professional advisor to whom the board delegates executive responsibility, including such powers required to manage the district in a manner consistent with board policy and state and federal law.
The superintendent, as an executive officer of the board (Secretary), is responsible for the administration of the schools under applicable laws and policies of the district. The board delineates the duties of the superintendent and uses them as the basis for evaluating the superintendent’s performance. Unless specifically limited, the superintendent may delegate to other staff the exercise of any powers and the discharge of any duties imposed by district policy or a vote of the board. The delegation of power or duty does not relieve the superintendent of responsibility for the actions taken under such a delegation.
In order to perform their responsibilities, board members must be familiar with the operations within the schools. The superintendent will establish communication procedures which can enhance the board member's understanding of student programs and school operations.
The superintendent will communicate monthly their major activities in the district.
RCW 28A.320.010 Corporate powers
RCW 28A.330.100 Additional powers of the board (First Class Districts Only)
RCW 28A.400.010 Employment of superintendent – Superintendent’s qualifications, general powers, term, contract renewal
RCW 28A.400.030 Superintendent’s duties
Policy & Legal News, Feb 2013 Policy Revisions
REVISED: 09/24/98; 06/25/13
Procedure No. 1620P Board-Superintendent Relationship
The following communications procedures are established:
Staff Communications to the Board
All communications or reports to the Board or members of the board from principals, supervisors, teachers, or other staff members shall be submitted through the superintendent. This shall not deny any employee’s right to appeal to the board regarding administrative decisions, provided that the superintendent shall have been notified of the forthcoming appeal and that it is processed in accordance with the applicable procedures on complaints and grievances.
Board Communications to Staff
All official communications, policies, and directives of staff interest and concern will be communicated to staff members through the superintendent. The superintendent will employ all such media as are appropriate to keep staff fully informed of the board’s problems, concerns and actions.
Visits to Schools
Board members are encouraged to visit schools at any time. Informing the principal ahead of time or at arrival is expected. If assistance of school personnel is desired, advanced notice should be given.
Staff and board members share a keen interest in the schools and in education. When they meet at social affairs and other functions, informal discussion of such matters as educational trends, issues, and innovations and general district problems can be anticipated. Discussions of personalities or staff grievances is not appropriate.
1000 Legal Status and Operation
1005 Key Functions of the Board
1105 Director Districts
1111 Oath of Office
1112 Director Orientation
1113 Board Member Residence
1114 Board Member Resignation and Vacancy
1210 Annual Organizational Meeting, Election of Officers
1220 Board Officers and Duties of Board Members
1250 Students on Governing Boards
METHODS OF GOVERNANCE
1310 Policy Adoption, Manuals and Administrative Procedures
1313 Approval of Handbooks
1320 Suspension of Policies
1320R Resolution - Emergency - Suspension of Policy
1330 Administration in the Absence of Policy or Procedure
1400 Meetings, Conduct, Order of Business and Quorum
1410 Executive or Closed Sessions
1420 Agenda & Procedures
1435 Public Hearings
1450 Absence of Board Member
PRINCIPLES OF OPERATION
1610 Conflicts of Interest
1620 Board-Superintendent Relationship
1630 Evaluation of the Superintendent
1711 Code of Ethics
BOARD MEMBER BENEFITS
1731 Board Member Expenses
1732 Board Member Insurance
1733 Board Member Compensation
BOARD GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT
1805 Open Government Trainings
1810 Annual Governance Goals and Objectives
1820 Board Self-Assessment
1822 Training and Development for Board Members
1830 Participation in School Board Association
1850 Strategic Plan