By: Bryce Sahs, Yorktown
Being on a School Board is a challenging, non-profit position in one’s community. Members must understand the board’s responsibilities, model effective principles of board governance, and create a collaborative relationship with the main administrating leader of education. Being part of the board comes with great stress and great responsibilities. As Winston Churchill put it, “The price of greatness is responsibility.” The function of a school board is to provide citizens with control over local education. This comes down to the board having to represent all the citizens in the entire school district the board resides.
The main responsibilities a school board deals with are: employing a superintendent, holding him or her responsible for controlling the school district in regards to the state law, identifying and adopting educational goals for the school district, and engaging the community in discussion about future student learning. Board meetings start with a Call to Order (Explains the agenda), announcing an Open Meeting’s Law (Requires that all meetings are open to the public), publicizing the meeting, then doing a Roll Call of Board Members. This is followed by all in attendance reciting the Pledge of Allegiance. Then the fun begins! The agenda of the meeting commences and the staff and student presentations start. After all that concludes, public input is then recognized and considered. Then the Board comes to a final conclusion and enforces it in their school district.