Boards: Stay out of the Weedsby Diane Sandifer No Comments September 12, 2011
Is your school board’s work in the weeds or are you looking from a global perspective?
It’s so easy to get off track. For boards of education, it is imperative that the board simply follow the system-wide strategic plan with that plan driving the monthly meetings of the board.
So why do boards end up “in the weeds” sometimes?
It all goes back to an understanding of a board’s roles and responsibilities.
Local boards of education are elected to be policy makers, stewards of the budget, advocates for public education, and to hire and evaluate the superintendent. It’s when individual board members or the board as a whole gets “in the weeds” that problems crop up. Board members should be big picture thinkers…visionaries. A 21st century board of education should be thinking globally and working strategically so that the graduates from their local system can compete anywhere in the world.
So, step back and think about your local board. From what perspective are you leading? We encourage our children to dream and to dream big. Hopefully, we’re doing the same through good local board leadership and it’ll then show through gains in student achievement.
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