File BDD: Board-Superintendent Relationship


The Board believes that exercising its legislative function through policymaking is its most important responsibility. The Board is also responsible for setting the direction for the school unit and evaluating progress toward goals.

The management of the schools is the function of the Superintendent. The Board holds the Superintendent responsible for complying with all applicable laws, rules and regulations; for administering Board policies and decisions; for the operation of the schools and educational program; for the system of supervision and evaluation of staff; and for keeping the Board informed about school operations, problems and opportunities. The Board recognizes that the Superintendent may delegate certain responsibilities to other personnel. Such delegation does not relieve the Superintendent of the final responsibility for actions taken.

The Board, collectively and as individual members, shall:
A. Recognize the Superintendent as the educational leader of the school unit;
B. Provide direction for the Superintendent through written policies, objectives and goals of the school unit;
C. Give the Superintendent full administrative authority and support for properly discharging his/her professional duties, while holding him/her responsible for acceptable results;
D. Hold all Board meetings including those of Board standing and ad hoc committees in the presence of the Superintendent or his designee, except as otherwise permitted by Law or when the Superintendent voluntarily excuses himself/herself at the request of the Board;
E. Refer complaints, criticisms, and requests from others to the Superintendent. Such matters will be discussed at Board meetings only after administrative solutions have been exhausted. Similarly, Board members should direct their own concerns to the Superintendent; and
F. Evaluate the Superintendent and provide appropriate opportunities for the Superintendent to share his/her perceptions regarding the working relationship between the Board and Superintendent.

Legal Reference: 1 MRSA § 401 et seq.
20-A MRSA §§ 1001 et seq.; 1051 et seq.; 13201; 13301
Cross Reference: BBA - School Board Powers and Responsibilities
BCA - Board Member Code of Ethics
CB - School Superintendent
CB-R - Superintendent Job Description
CBI - Evaluation of the Superintendent

FIRST READING: March 20, 2014
SECOND READING: April 10, 2014
ADOPTION: April 10, 2014
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