Board of Education FAQs

What is the role of a school board?

The local school board is a critical public link to public schools. School board members serve their communities in several important ways.

  • First and foremost school boards look out for students. Education is not a line item on the school board’s agenda—it is the only item
  • School boards are accessible to the public and accountable for the performance of their schools
  • School boards ensure that students get the best education for the tax dollars spent
What is a school board's most important responsibility?

The most important responsibility of school boards is to work with their communities to improve student achievement in their local public schools. School boards derive their power and authority from the state. In compliance with state and federal laws, school boards establish policies and regulations by which their local schools are governed.
Your school board is responsible for:

  • Employing the superintendent
  • Developing and adopting policies, curriculum, and the budget
  • Overseeing facilities issues

More information at the National School Boards Association — Frequently Asked Questions

What are their other responsibilities?
  • Determine school district’s mission and purpose
  • Establish policies to accomplish the district’s stated mission and ensure that policies are being followed
  • Select the Superintendent
  • Support the Superintendent and assess performance
  • Ensure effective organizational planning
  • Ensure adequate financial, human, time and facility resources
  • Assure effective management of resources
  • Determine, monitor, and strengthen the district’s programs and services
  • Enhance the school district’s public standing
  • Ensure legal and ethical integrity, maintaining accountability
  • Provide support and orientation for new board members
*Sources: National School Boards Association, U.S. State Department
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