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Policy Manual


Policy: BDD
Board-Superintendent Relationship


The legislation of policies is a primary function of a School Board and the execution of the policies is a primary function of the Superintendent.

The Superintendent is responsible for the administration of Board policies, for execution of Board decisions, for operation of school programs, for informing the Board of school operations and issues, and for satisfactory fulfillment of other duties required by the State Board of Education.

The Board will:

  • Give the Superintendent full administrative authority for properly discharging his or her professional duties, holding him or her responsible for acceptable results.
  • Act upon matters of employment or dismissal of school personnel only on the recommendation of the Superintendent.
  • Hold all meetings of the Board in the presence of the Superintendent except when his/her contract and salary are under consideration.
  • Refer all complaints to the Superintendent and discuss such complaints only at a regular meeting.

The Superintendent will:

  • Notify members of each meeting.
  • Prepare meeting agendas with the Board Chair.
  • Notify members of agenda corrections, if known.
  • Provide each member with a copy of the minutes of the previous meeting(s), together with an agenda for each meeting, in advance of each regular and as far as possible in advance of each special meeting.
  • Receive all communications addressed to the Board.
  • Present such communications to the Board, as appropriate.
  • Keep Board apprised of relevant topics.
  • Ensure all communications to the Board are answered, providing explanation for any communication that may be redirected.
  • See that all votes and policies adopted by the Board are disseminated.
  • Have such other powers and clerical duties as the Board may from time to time determine.

ADOPTED: 9 June 1977


REVISED: 12 November 1998
REVISED: 23 October 2008