Policy Governance® is a fundamental redesign of the role of the board, emphasizing values, vision and the empowerment of both board and staff. It is designed to create a clear structure for a board of directors to be accountable to the community that they serve. This model enables the board to:
- Focus on the larger issues,
- Clearly delegate authority,
- Direct management’s job without interfering, and
- Rigorously evaluate what is accomplished.
The board sets “board means.” These are the policies that describe the board’s job and how it directs the superintendent to achieve the “ends.” These also are referred to as the “governance process.”
|B/SR||Board – Superintendent Relationship
The “Board/Superintendent Relationship” defines the connection between the Board and the Superintendent, directs the Board to acts as a Unit, creates accountability of the Superintendent, delegation to the Superintendent, and monitoring Superintendent performance
The “ends” are the results the school board expects, including how much they expect those results to cost. The school board creates policies that define the “ends.” In this way, the board provides strategic leadership by clearly defining what is to be accomplished, for whom and with what worth, cost or priority.
The superintendent doesn’t have complete freedom in making decisions about how to accomplish the ends. “Executive limitations” are policies that define what methods cannot be used to get the expected results. In essence, the school board is pre-approving all means that have not been expressly prohibited. This gives the superintendent the power to make decisions that create the desired ends.
Administrative Policies & Procedures
Under Policy Governance®, within the directives and limitation listed above, the Board delegates the development and implementation of Administrative Policies and procedures to the Superintendent and staff, except in regard to issues for which they are mandated by law to take direct action. In September of 2012, a comprehensive review and revision of all District policies and procedures was completed. This included the renumbering of many policies to more closely align with the Washington State School Directors Association (WSSDA) sample policies. To access a detailed map of these number changes, click here
Policies pertaining to strategic planning and continuous improvement.
|1000||Board of Directors
Policies pertaining to board election, officers, terms of office, and meetings, with references to board policies above which now govern these topics.
Policies pertaining to curriculum, instructional programs and supports, and requirements.
Policies pertaining to student conduct, rights, responsibilities, and welfare.
Policies pertaining to the interactions between the District, its schools, and the community – including; access to facilities, students, staff, and public records.
Policies pertaining to hiring and employment, and the rights and responsibilities of staff.
|6000||Administration and Management Support
Policies pertaining to financial planning and management, school property and capital projects, and noninstructional operations such as – transportation, maintenance, and food services.