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Escondido Union HSD  |  BB  9000  Board Bylaws

Role Of The Board   

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The Governing 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.

The Governing Board has been elected by the community to provide leadership and citizen oversight of the district. The Board shall ensure that the district is responsive to the values, beliefs, and priorities of the community.

The Board shall consider, approve or disapprove matters submitted to it by the Superintendent and the public.

The Board shall prescribe rules for its own governance which are consistent with law or with the rules prescribed by the State Board of Education. (Education Code 35010)

(cf. 9300 - Governance)

The Board shall work with the Superintendent to govern district activities and fulfill its major responsibilities which include:

1. Setting the direction for the district through a process that involves the community, parents/guardians, students, and staff and is focused on student learning and achievement.

(cf. 0000 - Vision

(cf. 0100 - Philosophy)

(cf. 0200 - Goals for the School District)

2. Establishing an effective and efficient organizational structure for the district by:

a. Employing the Superintendent and setting policy for hiring of other personnel.

The Board is authorized by law to delegate any of its powers and duties to a district officer or employee. The Superintendent shall be the chief executive officer of the Board. In accordance with Board policy, the Board delegates to the Superintendent the authority to carry out Board decisions and to make and carry out any decisions which it delegates. The Superintendent shall be fully responsible for the proper use of this authority.

(cf. 2210 - Administrative Leeway in Absence of Governing Board Policy)

The Board is ultimately responsible for the performance of any powers or duties delegated.

(cf. 2110 - Superintendent Responsibilities and Duties)

(cf. 2120 - Superintendent Recruitment and Selection)

(cf. 2121 - Superintendent's Contract)

(cf. 4000 - Concepts and Roles)

(cf. 4111/4211/4311 - Recruitment and Selection)

b. Overseeing the development and adoption of policies

(cf. 9310 - Board Policies)

c. Establishing academic expectations and adopting the curriculum and instructional materials

(cf. 6011 - Academic Standards)

(cf. 6141 - Curriculum Development and Evaluation)

(cf. 6146.1 - High School Graduation Requirements)

(cf. 6146.5 - Elementary/Middle School Graduation Requirements)

(cf. 6161.1 - Selection and Evaluation of Instructional Materials)

d. Establishing budget priorities and adopting the budget

(cf. 3000 - Concepts and Roles)

(cf. 3100 - Budget)

(cf. 3312 - Contracts)

e. Providing safe, adequate facilities that support the district's instructional program

(cf. 3517 - Facilities Inspection)

(cf. 7110 - Facilities Master Plan)

(cf. 7150 - Site Selection and Development)

(cf. 7210 - Facilities Financing)

f. Setting parameters for negotiations with employee organizations and ratifying collective bargaining agreements

(cf. 4141/4241 - Collective Bargaining Agreement)

(cf. 4143/4243 - Negotiations/Consultation)

3. Providing support to the Superintendent and staff as they carry out the Board's direction by:

a. Establishing and adhering to standards of responsible governance

(cf. 9005 - Governance Standards)

(cf. 9011 - Disclosure of Confidential/Privileged Information)

(cf. 9200 - Limits of Board Member Authority)

(cf. 9270 - Conflict of Interest)

b. Making decisions and providing resources that support district priorities and goals

c. Upholding Board policies

d. Being knowledgeable about district programs and efforts in order to serve as effective spokespersons

(cf. 9240 - Board Training)

(cf. 9400 - Board Self-Evaluation)

4. Ensuring accountability to the public for the performance of the district's schools by:

a. Evaluating the Superintendent and setting policy for the evaluation of other personnel

(cf. 2140- Evaluation of the Superintendent)

(cf. 4115 - Evaluation/Supervision)

(cf. 4215 - Evaluation/Supervision)

(cf. 4315 - Evaluation/Supervision)

b. Monitoring and evaluating the effectiveness of policies

To fulfill its responsibility, the Board is committed to establishing policies to govern district activities.

(cf. 9310 - Development, Distribution and Maintenance of Policies, Regulations, Bylaws)

c. The Board believes that school employees and citizens have the right to a hearing and resolution of grievances, complaints and criticisms. In order to maintain positive personnel and public relations, 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. 1312.1 - Complaints Concerning District Employees)

(cf. 1312.2 - Complaints Concerning Instructional Materials)

(cf. 1312.3 - Uniform Complaint Procedures)

(cf. 1312.4 - Williams Uniform Complaint Procedures)

(cf. 4030 - Nondiscrimination in Employment)

(cf. 4117.3 - Personnel Reduction)

(cf. 4118 - Dismissal/Suspension/Disciplinary Action)

(cf. 4144/4244/4344 - Complaints)

(cf. 4218 - Dismissal/Suspension/Disciplinary Action)

(cf. 5116.1 - Intradistrict Open Enrollment)

(cf. 5117 - Interdistrict Attendance)

(cf. 5119 - Students Expelled from Other Districts)

(cf. 5125.3 - Challenging Student Records)

(cf. 5144.1 - Suspension and Expulsion/Due Process)

(cf. 6159.1 - Procedural Safeguards and Complaints for Special Education)

(cf. 6164.6 - Identification and Education Under Section 504)

Legal Reference:


5304 Duties of governing board (re school district elections)

12400-12405 Authority to participate in federal programs

17565-17592 Board duties re property maintenance and control

33319.5 Implementation of authority of local agencies

35000 District name

35010 Control of district; prescription and enforcement of rules

35020-35046 Officers and agents

35100-35351 Governing boards, especially:

35160-35185 Powers and duties

35291 Rules

Management Resources:


Professional Governance Standards, November 2000


The Key Work of School Boards, 2000



National School Boards Association:


adopted: March 15, 1994 Escondido, California

revised: October 8, 2019