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200.3 Responsibilities of the Board of Directors

Code No. 200.3

The board is authorized to govern the school district which it oversees.  The board is entrusted with public funds and is responsible for overseeing the improvement of student outcomes, including student academic achievement and skill proficiency.  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 community, 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. 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 has a responsibility, under its evaluative duty, to review the education program's performance. The board regularly reviews the education program and ancillary services. The review includes a careful study and examination of the facts, conditions, and circumstances surrounding the amount of funds received and expended, and the education program's ability to achieve the board's educational philosophy and goals for the school district.

Legal Reference:
Iowa Code §§ 274.1; 279.1, .8, .20; 280.12 (2013).
281 I.A.C. 12.3(2)

Cross Reference:
101     Educational Philosophy of the School District
103     Long-Range Needs Assessment
209     Board of Directors' Management Procedures
600     Goals and Objectives of the Education Program

Approved: 07-09-08

Reviewed: 08-28-18

Revised: 04-27-22