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    Board Job Description

    Policy type: Governance Culture
    Policy code: GC-3


    The Board’s job is to represent, lead and serve the community and to govern the district by establishing expectations for district results, expectations for quality operational performance, and monitoring actual performance against those expectations. 

    The Board will:

    3.1    Ensure that the Results are the dominant focus of district performance.

    3.2    Advocate for the district and the students it serves.

    3.3    Initiate and maintain constructive two-way dialogue with students, parents/guardians, the community, and other important stakeholder groups as a means to engage them in the work of the Board and the district.

    3.4    Develop written governing policies that address:

    a.    Results:  The intended outcomes for the students served by the district;

    b.    Operational Expectations:  Statements of the Board’s values about operational matters delegated to the Superintendent, including both actions to be accomplished and those prohibited;

    c.    Governance Culture:  Definition of the Board’s own work, the processes it will employ and conditions within which it will accomplish that work;

    d.    Board/Superintendent Relationship:  The role relationship of the Superintendent and the Board, including the specified authority of the Superintendent and the process for monitoring district and Superintendent performance.

    3.5    Ensure acceptable Superintendent performance through effective monitoring of Results and Operational Expectations policies.

    3.6    Ensure acceptable Board performance through effective evaluation of Board actions and processes.

    3.7    Serve as the independent conscience for the organization by reflecting community values and protecting against bureaucratic indifference through communication and counsel with the Superintendent.

    3.8    Serve as final district-level decision-maker for appeals that are brought to the Board under state or federal law, contract or established district procedure.

    3.9    Assure that the findings of annual independent external financial audits are presented directly to the Board.

    3.10    Perform other duties required by law or not otherwise delegated to the Superintendent.

    Adopted:
    07/07/03

    Revised:
    05/04/09
    09/13/10
    05/21/12
    06/24/19 / Governance Process (GP) Policies changed to Governance Culture (GC)

    Monitoring Method: Board self-assessment
    Monitoring Frequency: Annually

    Lake Washington School District Board of Directors

    Formal portraits of the LWSD School Board members

    Governance Culture

    Formal portraits of the Lake Washington School District Board membersThese policies define how the Board will operate internally and govern itself to add value to the district. These policies address the Board’s own culture, how it will conduct business, and how members will conduct themselves and interact with each other.

    Board Superintendent Relationship

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

    Operational Expectations

    Results

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