One of the school board’s major functions, and the foundation upon which the district’s structure is built, is the setting of policy. The board develops and adopts district policy governing all facets of school operations, including employment of staff, administration of student services, educational programs, instructional materials, school facilities, equipment, finance, and support services. A board can adopt policy upon the recommendation of the superintendent, but the final decisions on policy cannot be delegated. A board delegates the implementation of policies to the superintendent. The board evaluates the execution and effect of policy through observations, special studies, and periodic reports by administrators.
Policy versus Procedure
Policies are the legally binding and enforceable mechanism by which the board establishes the governance framework of the district.
A process or plan implementing district policy is commonly defined as an administrative regulation or procedure. The development and implementation of these regulations or procedures are appropriately left to the district’s administrators. Procedures guide implementation of policy, define standard operating procedure, and generally allow room for professional discretion and judgment, as appropriate. Procedures should be reviewed and revised by administrators as policy changes or circumstances warrant. Procedures are not adopted by the board.
The Bainbridge Island School District policy and procedures system covers the following areas of school governance:
1000 – Board of Directors
This series contains the bylaws of the Board, describes the terms of office and member responsibilities, the methods of governance, meeting structure, principles of operations, and development activities. For further assistance, please contact Lani Chaffee - 206-780-1052 - firstname.lastname@example.org.
2000 – Instruction
This series describes educational program development and resources, learning programs and supports, school organization, program supplements, and requirements and assessments. For further assistance, please contact Lani Chaffee- 206-780-1052 - email@example.com.
3000 – Students
This series focuses on students’ enrollment and attendance, their rights and responsibilities, classroom management, corrective actions and sanctions, student welfare, and student activities. For further assistance, please contact Lani Chaffee- 206-780-1052 - firstname.lastname@example.org.
4000 – Community Relations
This series relates to communications with the public, relations with other agencies and schools, and public access to schools, staff and students. For further assistance, please contact Lani Chaffee- 206-780-1052 - email@example.com.
5000 – Personnel
This series describes the recruitment and selection of staff, employment practices, benefits, leaves, reimbursement for travel, auxiliary personnel, and employment practices. For further assistance, please contact Lani Chaffee- 206-780-1052 - firstname.lastname@example.org.
6000 – Management Support
This series includes elements of financial planning and management, revenues, rentals and community use of facilities, purchasing practices, risk management, transportation, food services, management of school property, and capital projects. For further assistance, please contact Lani Chaffee - 206-780-1052 - email@example.com.