One of the most important functions of the school board as a legislative body is the adoption of policy. Through policy, the board exercises its authority – and responsibility – to set the school unit’s direction and articulate its philosophy, vision and expectations. Through policy, the board defines its position on important issues affecting the schools.
Board policy establishes broad principles and goals to guide the school unit’s educational program. Sound policy ensures that state and federal regulations are met and sets a foundation for fair, consistent and efficient school unit governance. Written policy ensures continuity, provides direction for the superintendent, informs the public, saves time and provides a basis for accountability. In addition, state and federal laws require school boards to have policies in many areas.
MSMA can help your board ensure that your school unit’s policies are of high quality, consistent and up-to date. For more information regarding MSMA’s policy services, contact Charlotte Bates.