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Dr. Traci Pierce, Superintendent, swore in two elected school board members on Dec. 4. Mark Stuart is starting his second term. Cassandra Sage is beginning her first term, replacing retired board member Nancy Bernard.

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Delegation to the CEO

Policy type: Board/CEO Relationship
Policy code: B/CR-4

The Board will instruct the CEO through written policies that prescribe the organizational ends to be achieved and describe organizational conditions and actions to be avoided. The Board will support any reasonable interpretation of those policies by the CEO.

Accordingly:

  1. The Board will develop policies instructing the CEO to achieve defined end results for identified recipients at a specified cost. These policies will be developed systematically from the broadest, most general level to more defined levels, and will be called Ends policies.
  2. The Board will develop policies which limit the latitude the CEO may exercise in choosing the organizational means to achieve the ends. These policies will be developed systematically from the broadest, most general level to more defined levels, and they will be called Executive Limitations policies.
  3. As long as the CEO uses any reasonable interpretation of the Board’s Executive Limitations policies, the CEO is authorized to establish administrative policies, make decisions, establish practices and develop activities the CEO deems appropriate to achieve the Board’s Ends policies.
  4. The Board may change its Ends and Executive Limitations policies at any time, thereby shifting the boundary between Board and CEO domains. By doing so, the Board changes the latitude of choice given to the CEO.
  5. The Board will endeavor to create policies such that any reasonable interpretation of them would be acceptable, but the Board will make the final determination of whether the CEO is in compliance with Board policies. The totality of monitoring reports, as commented on and approved by the Board, should accurately reflect the Board's collective opinion regarding CEO performance.

Adopted:
07/07/03

Revised:
05/02/05
09/25/06

Monitoring Method: Board self-assessment
Monitoring Frequency: Annually

Lake Washington School District Board of Directors

LWSD Superintendent and two board members during board meeting

Governance Process

Board CEO Relationship

District superintendent and two board members during board meetingThese policies describe the delegation of authority by the Board to its CEO and clarify the relationship between the two. Organizational performance is considered identical to CEO performance.

Executive Limitations

Superintendent reads to a group of elementary school studentsThese policies state the limitations imposed by the Board on the strategies and methods the superintendent and his or her staff may use, as they work to achieve the specified outcomes identified in the Ends Policies. The executive limitations establish the boundaries and operating expectations for staff.

End Results

Juanita High School graduates after their graduation ceremonyThese policies define the end results desired for our students and what they are expected to know and be able to do as a result of their educational experience. Ends Results policies are based on the Lake Washington School District Mission, Vision, Student Profile and Guiding Principles.