Petaluma City Schools | BB 9000 Board Bylaws
Role Of The Board (Powers And Responsibilities)
The Board of Education is elected by the community to provide leadership and citizen oversight of the district's schools. The Board shall work with the Superintendent to fulfill its major roles, which include:
1. Establishing a long-term vision for the district
2. Establishing and maintaining a basic organizational structure for the district, including employment of the Superintendent and adoption of policies, curriculum, the budget and the collective bargaining agreement
3. Ensuring accountability to the local community, including student achievement and program effectiveness, personnel, and fiscal accountability and service as a judicial and appeals body as needed
4. Providing community leadership and advocacy at the local, state and national levels on behalf of children, district programs and public education
The Board is authorized to establish and finance any program or activity that is not in conflict with, inconsistent with, or preempted by law. (Education Code 35160)
The Board may delegate any of its duties to the Superintendent or designee but shall be ultimately responsible for the performance of any duties it delegates. (Education Code 35161)
(cf. 2120 - Superintendent of Schools)
(cf. 2210 - Administrative Leeway in Absence of Board of Education Policy)
The Board shall set the direction for the district by adopting a vision/mission statement that defines the district's goals and priorities focused on student learning and achievement. The Board shall carry out its vision-setting role by identifying the strengths and needs of the district, developing and adopting a process for framing the vision, soliciting staff and community input using shared decision as appropriate, ensuring that the adopted vision statement is implemented and conducting a periodic review of the vision.
(cf. 0100 - Philosophy)
(cf. 0200 - Goals for the School District)
(cf. 6010 - Goals and Objectives)
Superintendent Employment and Evaluation
The Board shall be solely responsible for employing the Superintendent and ensuring that he/she is the best match for the district based on needed abilities, traits and level of knowledge. When selecting a new Superintendent, the Board shall ensure a smooth transition period; evaluate the district's current and long-term needs; plan and conduct a process for recruitment, screening and selection; and approve the Superintendent's employment contract. The Board shall regularly evaluate the Superintendent based on an evaluation system and performance objectives established by the Board and Superintendent.
(cf. 2121 - Superintendent's Contract)
(cf. 2122 - Superintendent of Schools: Responsibilities and Duties)
(cf. 2123 - Evaluation of the Superintendent)
General Hiring and Personnel Accountability
The Board shall set policy for hiring of personnel and adopt wage and salary schedules. In order to have the best qualified people working at their maximum effectiveness, the Board shall hold the Superintendent responsible for overseeing the district's personnel system, developing effective hiring practices, creating a climate supportive of personnel and providing an effective framework for staff accountability.
(cf. 4000 - Concepts and Roles)
(cf. 4111 - Recruitment and Selection)
(cf. 4115 - Evaluation/Supervision)
(cf. 4211- Recruitment and Selection)
(cf. 4215 - Evaluation/Supervision)
(cf. 4311- Recruitment and Selection)
(cf. 4315 - Evaluation/Supervision)
Policy Adoption and Monitoring
The Board shall govern the schools by adopting policies that reflect the district's vision/mission and the mandates of law. The Board shall establish a clear policy development process through which it may deliberate on issues, identify priorities, assign responsibilities, identify goals and courses of action, and review policy decisions.
The Board shall also adopt bylaws that promote cooperation, trust and teamwork among its members, give parameters to the Board's operation as a governing body, and ensure that its meetings proceed efficiently and in compliance with law.
(cf. 9200 - Members)
(cf. 9300 - Governance)
(cf. 9311 - Board Policies)
(cf. 9312 - Board Bylaws)
(cf. 9323 - Meeting Conduct)
(cf. 9400 - Board Self-Evaluation)
Curriculum Adoption and Program Accountability
The Board is responsible for establishing academic expectations and adopting curriculum and instructional materials, specifying graduation requirements, adopting the developed curriculum and ensuring compliance with state and federal laws.
To ensure accountability to the community, the Board shall establish measurable benchmarks to assess the effectiveness of the district's educational programs in producing desired student achievement results. Based on these assessments, the Board shall direct the Superintendent or designee to take corrective actions as needed.
(cf. 0420.5 - School-Based Decision Making)
(cf. 6010 - Goals and Objectives)
(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. 6162.5 - Student Assessment)
(cf. 6190 - Evaluation of the Instructional Program)
Budget, Facilities and Fiscal Accountability
The Board shall adopt a sound, responsible budget that supports district goals and priorities. To guide the Superintendent or designee in development of the budget, the Board shall establish a budget calendar, budget process and spending priorities.
Recognizing that school facilities are a long-term obligation that impacts district budgets, the Board shall also ensure that a plan is in place to address the district's facility needs, including the funding, construction and maintenance of school facilities. The Board shall approve facility sites, funding sources and architectural and construction contracts.
The Board recognizes that it is accountable to the community for its budget and facilities decisions and for the district's fiscal integrity. The Board shall use accountability systems and processes in order to monitor the district's fiscal health.
(cf. 3000 - Concepts and Roles)
(cf. 3100 - Budget)
(cf. 3312 - Contracts)
(cf. 3460 - Financial Reports and Accountability)
(cf. 7110 - Facilities Master Plan)
(cf. 7140 - Architectural and Engineering Services)
(cf. 7150 - Site Selection and Development)
(cf. 7210 - Facilities Financing)
The Board is responsible for setting parameters for negotiations with employee organizations and ratifying collective bargaining agreements.
Judicial and Appeals Body
In addition to establishing complaint procedures that ensure due process and facilitate the satisfactory resolution of issues, the Board may convene to serve as a judicial and appeals body in accordance with law, Board policies and negotiated agreements. The Board may delegate fact-finding or hearing responsibilities in appropriate cases but remains the final decision-maker in these proceedings.
(cf. 1312 - Complaints Concerning the Schools)
(cf. 4031 - Complaints Concerning Discrimination in Employment)
(cf. 4117.3 - Personnel Reduction)
(cf. 4117.4 - Dismissal)
(cf. 4218 - Dismissal/Suspension/Disciplinary Action)
(cf. 4317.3 - Personnel Reduction)
(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)
The Board shall build and maintain community awareness and support by actively involving parents/guardians, business and other community members in the schools and informing them about district programs, policies and issues.
Recognizing that the level of local, state and national support for education impacts the Board's ability to fulfill its responsibilities, the Board shall engage in advocacy on behalf of district schools. The Board shall ensure that the district has the capability to respond to emerging issues and a proactive communications plan for issues that are district priorities.
(cf. 0510 - School Accountability Report Card)
(cf. 1020 - Youth Services)
(cf. 1100 - Communication with the Public)
(cf. 1112 - Media Relations)
(cf. 1160 - Political Processes)
(cf. 1400 - Relations between Other Governmental Agencies and the Schools)
(cf. 1700 - Relations between Private Industry and the Schools)
(cf. 9010 - Public Statements)
5304 Duties of governing board (re school district elections)
33319.5 Implementation of authority of local agencies
35000 District name
35010 Control of district; prescription and enforcement of rules
Maximizing School Board Governance
Professional Governance Standards, November 2000
School Board Leadership: The Role and Function of California's School Boards, 1996
NATIONAL SCHOOL BOARDS ASSOCIATION PUBLICATIONS
The Key Work of School Boards, 2000
CSBA Governance Institute: http://www.csba.org/gi
National School Boards Association: http://www.nsba.org
Bylaw PETALUMA CITY SCHOOLS
adopted: June 25, 2002 Petaluma, California
revised: March 27, 2007