201.03 – General Powers and Duties

The Board of Directors shall make rules for its own government and that of the teachers and pupils, and for the care of the schoolhouse, grounds, and property of the school corporation, and aid in the enforcement of these rules, and require the performance of duties of said persons imposed by the law and the rules.

The Board is authorized to govern the school district which it oversees. As the governing Board of the school district, the Board has three duties to perform: legislative, executive, and evaluative.

Legislative:   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.

Executive:   The Board of Directors selects an executive officer, the Superintendent of Schools, to operate the school district on the Board’s behalf. The Board delegates to the superintendent its authority to carry out Board policy, formulate and carry out rules and regulations, and handle the administrative details in a manner that supports and is consistent with Board policy.

Evaluative:   The Board has a responsibility 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 or expended and the education program’s ability to achieve the Board’s educational philosophy and goals for the school district.

Legal Reference: Board of Directors of Ind. School District of Waterloo v. Green, 259 Iowa 1260, 147 N.W. 2d 854 (1967)  Iowa Code 28E; 274.1-.2; 279.8 (2009)  281 I.A.C. 12.1(2)

Date of Adoption: July 1, 1985

Reviewed & Revised: September 3, 1991; October 17, 1994; January 5, 1998; May 21, 2001; March 7, 2006; March 7, 2011; March 21, 2016