The Superintendent of Schools shall be the chief executive and administrative officer of the Board of Education and shall have, in addition to the powers and duties specifically imposed upon his office by statute, all executive and administrative powers and duties in connection with the conduct of the schools which are not required by statute to be exercised directly by the board or by some other office. It shall be the duty of the superintendent to complete all executive and administrative transactions not required by law or board policy to be brought before the board and to prepare all other matters of administrative procedure or policy for board approval.
It shall be the responsibility of the superintendent to direct and supervise the work of all the schools, offices, and employees of the board. In the discharge of this responsibility, it shall be the duty of the superintendent to assign all personnel and transfer employees in accordance with the needs of the schools.
When any work or task is required to be done by the superintendent, the doing of such work or task by any designated subordinate employee, in line with his job definition or by
direction of the superintendent shall be deemed to satisfy the responsibilities of the superintendent, except in such matters as by statute or by terms of board policy cannot be delegated. All reports and recommendations to the board from employees under direction and supervision of the superintendent shall be made through the office of the superintendent except when otherwise specifically directed by the board.
1. Hiring Personnel
It shall be the responsibility of the superintendent to locate qualified candidates for all school positions, certificated and non-certificated, screen the applicants, investigate likely candidates and, with the assistance of the building principals, recommend to the board the person best suited to the position.
He shall prepare and transmit the proposed annual school budget to the board on or before the regular board meeting in August of each year for their consideration. The board shall seriously study the budget and may modify or change it as may seem advisable. Before adopting the annual budget, a public meeting shall be held with notice of such hearing given as required by statute. Copies of the proposed budget, in summary form, shall be available for public scrutiny in the office of the superintendent.
The superintendent is authorized to purchase textbooks. He should consult principals and/or teachers concerned and other expert opinion as he can before recommending
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adoption of a new text. If requested by the board, he should make available copies of texts to be recommended for examination by board members prior to action and, if the text be for a subject in history, civics or social studies, it must have the approval of the board‘s Committee on Americanism as required by law.
The superintendent shall require the keeping of an accurate record of textbooks, library books, movable equipment, including visual education equipment, athletic equipment, music equipment, uniforms, typewriters, computers, and the like.
5. School Calendar
Early in the second semester the superintendent shall present to the board for its approval, a calendar showing tentative opening and probable closing dates of school, vacation periods, etc. for the approaching school year. School shall not be dismissed except for dates shown on the official board calendar, except by action or approval of the board or in cases of extreme emergency if the superintendent considers it unwise to hold school.
6. Interpretation of Policies
The superintendent shall have discretionary power to adopt such measures as he may deem necessary to give force and effect to the policies of the board or to get desired improvements in the schools.
In the absence of policy or direction by the board, the superintendent shall assume the authority necessary to deal effectively with unforeseen situations suddenly arising and report such action to the board at the next meeting.
He shall prepare new policies for the board for adoption as the need for such policies arise. He shall enforce all policies of the school board.
7. Gifts to the School
The superintendent and/or board may accept gifts to the district for use by the school, provided restrictions are not placed on its use that would discriminate among pupils on any basis other than school grade or subject, or that would limit the board in its duties in the operation of the school.
8. Business Management
The superintendent shall direct the auditing of claims for payment, approve and direct all expenditures within the confines of board policy and the annual appropriations adopted by the board and be responsible for business management of the school system.
9. Other General Duties and Responsibilities
In addition to the above duties, he/she shall:
a) prepare and send out in advance the agenda for each board meeting and provide necessary background information to assist board members in reaching decisions.
b) attend all meetings of the board and assist in their deliberations, unless excused by the board.
c) assist the building principals in their evaluation of the condition of buildings and grounds on a regular basis, including the entire cleaning, maintenance and transportation programs of the district. In conjunction with the principals, he will make a careful study of the physical needs of the schools and make long and short range plans for remodeling, replacing, and reconditioning of the same.
d) approve a plan for in-service for certified and non-certified personnel and be responsible for the evaluation and improvement of teacher in-service programs.
e) oversee the rental of school facilities to district and non-district patrons.
f) evaluate the total educational program periodically and recommend necessary changes, help direct studies to determine adequacy of the curriculum as the need arises, and appraise the quality of the instructional staff with the principals with a view to increasing their effectiveness.
g) maintain lines of communication with the staff through building meetings, communications, bulletins and conferences.
h) evaluate, with the cafeteria supervisor on a regular basis, the entire operation of the cafeteria.
i) determine property damage of all types and, where applicable, file claims with the insurance carrier.
j) determine the certification status of instruction staff members and determine the placement of each staff member in his/her placement of the salary schedule.
k) keep a record of the professional growth of each certified staff member.
l) determine the admission requirements for enrollment and attendance at school and verify the residence status of each student.
m) select and nominate custodians for employment by the district and work with building principals in the search for desirable candidates for the position.
n) develop board policies governing employment conditions and general regulations with regard to custodial services.
o) conduct occasional general observation of cleanliness and good order of the school plant.
p) study maintenance needs, make recommendations to the board regarding maintenance work to be done each year and develop long range plans in conjunction with principals.
q) evaluate with principals the subject of custodian efficiency and assign custodial personnel with the help of building principals to address maintenance problems and facility concerns.
r) further the education of board members with respect to developing an understanding of building service problems and reporting on their solutions.
s) cooperate with building service employees and buildings in devising means for improving the work and the working conditions of school custodians in the interest of the educational programs.
t) maintain an instructional program which meets the accreditation standards of the Nebraska State Board of Education and the North Central Association.
Cross Reference: 205 School Board Policy Process
301 Administrative Structure