ERIC Number: EJ705907
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Sep
Management Oversight but Not Management
McAdams, Donald R.
School Administrator, v61 n8 p6 Sep 2004
Good board members and effective boards do not micromanage, but they are trustees for the public. They must accept responsibility for establishing and maintaining high ethical standards for themselves and all school district employees. They must ensure that everyone follows the law in letter and spirit. This means ethics codes, conflict-of-interest policies, equal opportunity for employment and contracts, transparency, periodic monitoring of business and academic performance indicators, periodic reviews of major management systems, periodic reviews of internal audit procedures and annual external financial audits. In short, this means management oversight. Management oversight is a major board responsibility. But management oversight is not management. Some school boards, in their zeal to oversee management become entangled in management, slowing down decision making, disempowering their superintendent and undermining overall management effectiveness. How do boards cross this line? Most often through standing board committees. Standing committees are established in such areas as finance, budget, facilities and personnel. The committees meet regularly, often monthly, and dig into the fine points of money management, budget monitoring and adjustments, contracts and contract management, and the hiring, compensation, discipline, transfer and termination of employees. This article describes management versus management oversight on boards.
Descriptors: Boards of Education, Trustees, Management Systems, Ethics, Financial Audits, School Districts, Compliance (Legal), Superintendents, Committees
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