What do school board members do?
When you’re elected to serve on the school board, your education has just begun. There is so much to learn and absorb as a board member. There is a large time dedication and many decisions to be made that bear a tremendous amount of responsibility. A board members term is elected by the public for a term of 4 years.
The board’s major responsibility is setting policy. The board hires a superintendent who in turn hires staff to put policies into practice. The chief executive is accountable to the board for managing the district according to board policies.
As a public employer, the board establishes policies that govern the recruitment, employment, supervision, evaluation and dismissal of employees.
Board members must also do the following:
- Establish budgets
- Set goals, evaluate progress toward those goals
- Ask voters to approve bond measures and local option levies for facilities and operations
- Guide collective bargaining (negotiations)
- Choose transportation systems
- Evaluate the superintendent or chief executive
How do I request an item be added to the school board agenda?
If you would like to request an item be added to a school board meeting agenda please refer to Lake County School District (LCSD) #7 Board Policy BDDH, Public Participation in Board Meetings which states that, "A member of the public may request the superintendent place an item of concern on the agenda of a regular Board meeting. This request should be made in writing and presented to the superintendent for consideration at least five working days prior to the scheduled meeting." If you have questions please contact the District Office at (541) 947-3347