Board Responsibilities


The primary responsibilities of the board are to:

  1. Set direction for the district.
  2. Provide a structure by establishing policies.
  3. Ensure accountability.
  4. Provide community leadership on behalf of the district and public education.

To fulfill these responsibilities, there are a number of specific jobs that effective boards must carry out. These jobs include:

  1. Involve the community, parents, students, and staff in developing a common vision for the district focused on learning and achievement and responsive to the needs of all students.
  1. Adopt, evaluate and update policies consistent with the law and the district’s vision and goals.
  1. Maintain accountability for student learning by adopting the district curriculum and monitoring student progress.
  1. Hire and support the superintendent so that the vision, goals and policies of the district can be implemented.
  1. Conduct regular and timely evaluations of the superintendent based on the vision, goals and performance of the district, and ensure that the superintendent holds district personnel accountable.
  1. Adopt a fiscally responsible budget based on the district’s vision and goals, and regularly monitor the fiscal health of the district.
  1. Ensure that a safe and appropriate educational environment is provided to all students.
  1. Establish a framework for the district’s collective bargaining process and adopt responsible agreements.
  1. Provide community leadership on educational issues and advocate on behalf of students and public education at the local, state and federal levels.

The above Information obtained from the CSBA Professional Governance Standards for School Boards.  To learn more about a Board’s role and function, please go to