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Board of Education

FWPS Board, July 2014

FWPS Board, July 2014

The Federal Way School Board Members are your official elected local representatives in matters of public education. Each board member resides in a specific director district. They are elected to four year terms by voters of the entire school district. The board establishes the district goals, policies and budget. The superintendent and school staff translate these policies and goals into action which results in quality education for students in the Federal Way Public Schools.

Policy Governance®: Getting Down to What’s Really Important

The Federal Way Public Schools Board of Directors unanimously approved a motion at the September 28, 2010 meeting to adopt a Policy Governance style of management. 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. Read more »

Board Policies

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.
GPGovernance Process
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/SRBoard – 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
EndsThe Ends
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.
ELExecutive Limitations
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.

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