Board Policies

Last revised: November 14, 2011

201.1

Duties of the Board of Directors

The Board of Directors shall provide for a school system and shall establish general policies in keeping with the wishes of the community, the rules and regulations of the Iowa Department of Education, and the requirements of law as stated in the Code of Iowa. In carrying out this function, the Board has three general duties: formulating and interpreting education policies, delegating administrative duties, and making a continuous appraisal of progress. In fulfilling these three general duties, the Board of Directors has other specific responsibilities:

  1. To select a superintendent and support the discharge of duties.
  2. To elect, upon approval, school personnel nominated and recommended by the superintendent.
  3. To delegate to the superintendent responsibility for all executive functions, to refrain from handling directly administrative details, and to give the superintendent authority commensurate with assigned responsibilities.
  4. To approve compensation programs.
  5. To consider and act upon policies for the school program. Any policy change initiated by the board, staff, or the general public shall be submitted to the superintendent for consideration and recommendation.
  6. To require and evaluate the reports of the superintendent concerning the progress of the financial status of the school district.
  7. To consider and adopt an annual school budget recommended by the superintendent of schools.
  8. To consider and decide upon professional recommendations for changes of school services, school buildings and school facilities.
  9. To assist in presenting to the public the needs and progress of the educational system.
  10. To provide by the exercise of its legal powers the funds necessary to finance the operation of its schools.
  11. To perform the specific duties imposed upon the board by the statutes of the State of Iowa.
  12. To refer all applications, complaints, and other communications, oral and written, to the superintendent, except when such may come to the board in a meeting or on appeal from decisions of the superintendent.
  13. To provide adequate safeguards for the superintendent and other personnel so that they may perform their proper functions on a professional basis. This involves, particularly, supporting the superintendent’s efforts to protect the personnel and the schools from individuals and organizations seeking to exploit the district.
  14. If, after fair and impartial appraisal and due admonishment, the board is convinced that the superintendent’s services do not meet with its approval, to notify the superintendent as far in advance as possible that a change must be made; and to replace the superintendent with a carefully selected new superintendent.
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Date of Adoption

July 11, 1977

Date of Revision

January 9, 1989
September 16, 1996
September 23, 2002
November 13, 2006
November 14, 2011

Date of Review
May 11, 2015