The Board of Education is in charge of the public schools within our school district. The Board sets the school system budget and decides who runs your schools, where kids go to school, how big classes are, and even what textbooks are used. They also set the disciplinary policy for the district.
This year there are 4 open seats on the Alamance Board of Education and we have 9 great candidates.
In general, a board’s primary duties include:
- Providing every child with the opportunity to receive a “sound basic education” during a minimum of 185 days or 1,025 hours of instruction covering at least nine calendar months;
- Setting educational policy within the limits of its authority and overseeing the implementation of its policies and the state’s educational program;
- Making decisions about the superintendent’s personnel recommendations;
- Managing the financial affairs of the unit; and
- Providing adequate school facilities.
Forming and adopting policies is the primary method through which the school board leads in the operation of a school system.
Through policy, the board creates a framework within which the superintendent and staff can discharge their duties with positive direction. Policies make clear to the administration what and how much the board wants to see happen, as well as why.
The board should not only adopt policies, but also exercise appropriate oversight as the administration implements the policies. Board members should ask themselves whether policies are being implemented and if they are achieving the desired results.
The process for drafting, considering, adopting, reviewing, and revising board policy is not set by law. Each board can determine its own process for policy development. Generally speaking, the superintendent is expected to alert board members if he or she believes there is a need for a new board policy or to revise an existing one. Local boards of education often require that new or revised policies be considered in no less than two meetings, to provide the opportunity for public feedback and to give board members time to consider that feedback.