Summary of Roles and Responsibilities in Community Leadership

It's important to clearly understand your board's role in terms of community leadership. Below you will find a summary of your role as a school board as well as the role of the superintendent when it comes to community leadership and communication.

School Board

Fosters collaborative relationships as a board philosophy in:

  • strategic planning,
  • community vision, and
  • instructional improvements.
  • Approves and periodically reviews a district plan to build collaborative relationships with key stakeholders at all levels based on gaining support for student achievement as the district’s top priority.
  • Models collaboration and trust.
  • Advocates district positions on educational issues with legislators and other state and local political leaders and keeps abreast of other state and national issues.
  • Advocates student achievement as a top community priority.
  • Ensures a climate of open communications at board meetings and throughout the district.
  • Provides funding and resources for collaborative efforts.

The Superintendent

  • Follows a collaborative approach in working with the board.
  • Encourages the board and staff to involve key stakeholders in appropriate decision making both at the district and at the school level.
  • Help the board identify Key Communicators within the district and recommend appropriate professional development to help them improve their skills.
  • Recommends to the board a plan to build these collaborative relationships, leads a periodic review of progress and implements adopted strategies for improved relationships.
  • Keeps the board and others informed about the district’s progress and solicits appropriate input for areas of concern.
  • Works with the board to determine a process for a periodic review of the leadership team’s relationship and vision.
  • Implements changes recommended through the periodic review.
  • Assists the board in its advocacy efforts with public officials by arranging meetings, providing needed data and information, and scheduling other activities as needed.
  • Provides data and relevant materials to assist the board in its advocacy role.
  • Teams with board members to speak to groups within the community.
  • Ensures a climate of open communications, both internally and externally.
  • Recommends additional policies or policy revisions.
  • Presents budget recommendations needed to support collaborative efforts and initiatives and keeps abreast of other state and national issues.
  • Advocates student achievement as a top community priority.
  • Ensures a climate of open communications at board meetings and throughout the district.
  • Provides funding and resources for collaborative efforts.
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