Isn’t this a way to get out of much of the responsibility for running the district?

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No. Under the Policy Governance® model, the board has as much control as needed over the results. The board decides what the results should be and how much they should cost, and what specific methods are not acceptable. The board then delegates authority to the professional—the superintendent—to make the decisions about HOW to achieve the results.

The superintendent determines the “means” for accomplishing the “ends.” They are responsible for figuring out the how in reaching the expected results. Since no one could run the district alone, the means most likely include hiring staff to determine the decisions and circumstances that produce the “ends.”