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Title: Board Member Authority and Responsibilities  
Summary: Board Member Authority and Responsibilities  
  Adopted: 8/9/2016

Code: BBAA


The Board of Education, a body corporate, whose members are selected as representatives of the citizens of the district, act as the governing body of the school district.

As a body corporate, all powers of the Board of Trustees lie in its action as a group; individual board members exercise their authority over district affairs only as they vote to take action at a legal meeting of the Board.

Required Functions: The Board is to adhere to its mandatory statutory requirements. These requirements may include, but are not limited to, the following:

1. Legislative and Policy Making. The Board is responsible for the development of policy for administrative action and for employing a superintendent to implement and oversee those policies.
2. Prescribe and Enforce Rules, Regulations and Policies. The Board is charged with prescribing and enforcing the rules, regulations and policies for its own government and for the government of the schools under its jurisdiction.
3. Estimate Funds Necessary for Public School Purposes.
4. Provide Adequate Education Programs. The board is charged with providing an educational program within its schools under its jurisdiction in compliance with uniform state standards, and for establishing goals to both guide the Board and school staff in working toward continued improvement of its educational programs.
5. Public Relations. The Board is responsible for providing adequate means of keeping the local community informed about its schools, and for keeping itself and the school staff informed about the concerns of the public.

An individual board member, including the chairman, shall have the power to act only when the Board, by vote, has delegated authority to him or her.

Although a board member as an individual may listen to problems of residents concerning school matters, the member shall not offer counsel in the name of the board or make commitments involving the board. No individual member of the board is at liberty to direct the actions of any staff member.

Each individual board member has the responsibility to represent, open-mindedly, the entire school district. The board member's consideration for the entire school district should take precedence over every form of school area partisanship and special interest.



A qualified elector resident in the school district is eligible to hold the office of school district trustee.

Nomination of School Board Members

A qualified person may be nominated for the office of school trustee by filing an application for election in the office of the County Clerk, not later than the legal filing date.


Terms of office are set by statute. The terms of office shall be four years.

Annual Election Date

The second Tuesday after the second Monday in November of even numbered years beginning in 1988.

Size of Board of Trustees

This district shall be governed by a Board of Trustees consisting of nine members duly qualified and elected at large, by the legal voters of the District.