Role of Board and Members (Powers, Purposes, Duties)

BP 9000.00


Powers and Duties

The School Board's primary goal is to provide each student with an education of the highest quality in keeping with his/her capacity to learn.  This goal shall be the basic factor motivating the Board's execution of its powers and duties.
(cf. 0200 - Goals for the School District)

The Board is responsible for the general control and direction of education in the district and is empowered to carry on and finance any program or activity that is not in conflict with, inconsistent with, or preempted by law.  This broad authority shall be exercised in accordance with the State and Federal Constitutions, laws and regulations.  The Board may execute any powers delegated by law to it or to the district which it governs, and shall discharge any duty imposed by law upon it or upon the district which it governs.
(cf. 0440 - Advisory School Boards
(cf. 9200 - Board Members)

Governance Functions

The Board shall consider and approve or disapprove matters submitted to it by the Superintendent and the public and is committed to establishing policies to govern district activities.  The Board shall prescribe bylaws for its own governance with law or with the rules prescribed by the State Board of Education. 
(cf. 9300 - Governance)

Executive Functions

The Superintendent or designee shall serve as the chief executive officer of the Board.  The Board delegates to the Superintendent or designee the authority to carry out Board decisions and to make and carry out any decisions which it delegates.  The Superintendent or designee shall be fully responsible for the proper use of this authority.  The Board retains ultimate responsibility for the performance of any powers or duties delegated.
(cf. 2210 - Administrative Leeway in Absence of Policy)

Judicial Functions

The Board believes that  positive personnel and public relations rely upon the ability to hear and resolve grievances, complaints and criticisms.  The Board, convened, shall serve as a body of appeal for grievances, complaints and criticisms in accordance with Board policies and negotiated employee agreements.
(cf. 1312 - Complaints Concerning the Schools)
(cf. 4144 - Grievances/Complaints)

Legal Reference:

14.08.021 Authority (Regional School Boards)

14.08.041 Regional School Boards
14.08.101 Powers (Regional School Boards)
14.08.111 Duties (Regional School Boards)
14.14.060 Relationship between borough school district and borough
14.14.065 Relationship between city school district and city
14.14.130 Chief school administrator
29.35.160 Education (military reservations)

Adoption Date:  10/13/99