ERIC Number: ED108335
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975
Reference Count: N/A
What Makes an Effective School Board Member?
Page, Ruth H.
The most important responsibility of every school board is to set goals for the school system. A study of goals should be conducted every few years; the process is continual. It is important that the committee chosen by the board to assist in setting goals be truly representative of the total community. All areas of the curriculum should be subject to the same committee study used to establish goals for the system. Evaluation of the schools in terms of the selected goals is the board's second most important function. Effective board policy and administrative practice use evaluation as a tool for improving performance. A good approach combines evaluation of the superintendent with that of the board and its policies. It is the duty of the board to formulate policies that enable the superintendent to administer the schools, and both the board and the superintendent must know the difference between policy-making and administration. Policies should be formulated with the advice and assistance of those affected by them. Such consultation should become an undeviating practice for every board. The codes of ethics prepared by many state board associations should be studied or adapted for the district's own code; local citizens should be involved in this study as well. (Author/JG)
Descriptors: Board Administrator Relationship, Board of Education Policy, Board of Education Role, Boards of Education, Citizen Participation, Community Involvement, Curriculum Evaluation, Educational Assessment, Educational Objectives, Elementary Secondary Education, Ethics, Policy Formation
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Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Tri-State Area School Study Council, Pittsburgh, PA.