POWERS AND RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE BOARD

 

The board of the Mitchell School District, acting on behalf of the school district, shall have jurisdiction over school matters within the territory of the school district.

 

The purpose of the Board of Education shall be to provide education of the highest character for the residents of this district, taking into account the wishes of the patrons and their willingness and ability to support such a program.

 

The board is empowered to make policy for its own governance, for employees, for students and for school district facilities.† The board is also empowered to enforce its policies.† The board may, through its quasi-judicial power, conduct hearings and rule on issues and disputes confronting the school district.

 

The board has these powers and all other powers expressly granted to it in federal and state law as well as the powers that can be reasonably implied from the express powers.

 

The board is authorized to govern the school district which it oversees.† As the governing board of the school district, the board has three duties to perform: legislative duty, executive duty, and evaluative duty.

 

As a representative of the citizens of the school district, the board is responsible for legislating policy for the school district.† As a policy making body, the board has jurisdiction to enact policy with the force and effect of law for the management and operation of the school district.

 

It is the responsibility of the board, under the boardís executive duty, to select its chief executive officer, the superintendent, to operate the school district on the boardís behalf.† The board delegates to the superintendent its authority to carry out board policy, to formulate and carry out rules and regulations and to handle the administrative details in a manner which supports and is consistent with board policy.† The board may enter into certain contracts as permitted by law for periods not to exceed three years.

 

The board has a responsibility to review the education programís performance under its evaluative duty.† The board regularly reviews the education program and associated support services.† The review includes a careful study and examination of the facts, conditions and circumstances surrounding the amount of funds received or expended and the education programís ability to achieve the boardís educational philosophy for the school district.

 

The following tasks are thus included among the boardís major functions:

 

Personnel

 

a.    Selection of an auditor, attorney and treasurer and evaluates their services

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b.    Election or rejection of new employees recommended by the superintendent

c.    Adoption of the negotiated settlement, including salary schedules, as established by the negotiations process

d.   Approve any teacher assignments out of endorsed areas

e.    Makes such policies as it deems necessary for the proper control and governance of the employees and the students of the schools.

 

Curriculum

 

a.    Makes decisions as to the general scope and nature of educational offerings

b.    Enforces the rules and regulations of the State Board of Education with respect to the instructional program.

 

Financial

 

a.    Provides, by the exercise of its taxing power, the funds necessary to finance the operation of the schools

b.    Approves and adopts the annual budget

c.    Approves current expenditures

d.   Determines the disposition of school property

e.    Determines policies for the purchasing and distribution of supplies and equipment.

 

Plant

 

a.    Promotes the development of maintenance of facilities which provide a good learning environment

b.    Employs architects, contractors, fiscal agents as needed in time of building programs

c.    Determines methods for purchasing and/or selling school sites.

 

Public Relations

 

a.    Upholds the schools before individuals and groups

b.    Works for financial support from all sources

c.    Develops policies and encourages community use of buildings arid facilities.

 

Pupils

 

a.    Determines policies concerning age of entrance, requirements for graduation, health and personnel services, school lunch and discipline.

 

General

 

a.    Maintains a most important function by interpreting and communicating the educational needs of the community to the school and vice versa and makes every effort to determine that the educational needs of the students are met within the capabilities of the community and staff for serving these needs

b.    Develops policies in accordance with the laws of the State of Nebraska and the educational needs, such as appointment and dismissal of all employees, salary schedules, courses of study, etc.

c.    Delegates the interpretation of policy and the administration of regulations to the staff

d.   Requires frequent and thorough reports on the management and operation of the schools

e.    Determines the school calendar.

 

Legal Reference:†††††††††††††††††††† Neb. Statute 79-261 to 263

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Cross Reference††††††††††††††††††††† 102††††† Educational Philosophy of the District

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††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 601††††† Goals and Objectives of Instructional Plan

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