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


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 board’s executive duty, to select its chief executive officer, the superintendent, to operate the school district on the board’s behalf.  All references to "superintendent" in this policy manual shall mean the "superintendent or the superintendent's designee" unless otherwise stated in the board policy.  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 program’s 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 program’s ability to achieve the board’s educational philosophy for the school district.


Legal Reference:                       Neb. Statute 79-261 to 263

                                                                     79-501 to 524


                                                NDE Rule 10.004.01




Cross Reference                       102      Educational Philosophy of the District

                                                104      Educational and Operational Planning

                                                205      School Board Policy Process

                                                301.03 Succession of Authority to the Superintendent

                                                601      Goals and Objectives of Instructional Plan






































Adopted:                     12/08/03                                   COLUMBUS PUBLIC SCHOOL      

Policy Revised:             11/10/08                                  Columbus, Nebraska