School Board Policy Process

CODE: BG

Maine School Administrative District No. 31

SCHOOL BOARD POLICY PROCESS

The School Board considers policy development its chief function.

It is the intent of the School Board to develop written policies to serve as the framework for the
successful and efficient functioning of the school unit.

The School Board accepts the definition of policy set forth by the National School Boards
Association:

School Board policies are statements that set forth the purposes and prescribe
in general terms the organization and program of a school system. They create
a framework within which the Superintendent and the staff can discharge their
assigned duties with positive direction. They tell what is wanted. They may
also indicate why and how much. Policies should define clearly the goals and
objectives of the school system, allow for the flexibility that is vital in day-to-
day operations, reflect the board's vision, define roles and responsibilities (who is
supposed to do what), and include measurable outcomes.

It is the School Board's intention that its policies serve as sources of information and guidance
and direction for people who are interested in or connected with the schools.

The policies of the school unit are framed and are meant to be interpreted in terms of federal
and state statutes, rules of the State Board of Education and Department of Education and other
regulatory agencies within the local, county, state, and federal government. The policies are also
framed and are meant to be interpreted in terms of those educational objectives, procedures, and
practices which are broadly accepted by leaders and authorities in the public education field.

Changes in needs, conditions, purposes, and objectives will require revisions, deletions, and
additions to the policies of the current School Board and those of the future. The School Board
will welcome suggestions for ongoing policy development.

The development of draft policies shall be the responsibility of the Superintendent. Action on
School Board policy proposals will be taken by the Board.

First Reading:
10/17/2007
Second Reading: 11/28/2007

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