Board Job Description

    Policy type: Governance Process
    Policy code: GP-3

    The job of the Board is to represent the citizens and to lead the organization by asking critical questions and by determining and demanding appropriate and excellent organizational performance. To distinguish the Board’s own unique job from the jobs of the CEO and staff, the Board will concentrate its efforts on the following:

    1. Determining and using proactive strategies to ensure constructive two-way dialogue for input from students, staff, parents and the citizens as a means to link with the entire community around the Board’s End Results policies.
    2. Developing written governing policies that, at the broadest levels, address:
      1. End Results: Organizational impacts, benefits, and end results for specified recipients and their relative worth (what end result is desired for whom and at what cost);
      2. Executive Limitations: Constraints on executive authority which establish the practical, ethical and legal boundaries within which all staff activity and decision-making will take place and be monitored;
      3. Governance Process: How the Board will conceive, carry out and monitor its own work;
      4. Board/CEO Relationship: How authority is delegated and its proper use monitored; the CEO role, authority and accountability.
    3. Ensuring that the End Results are the focus of the organizational performance.
    4. Advocating on behalf of the organization and the clients it serves.
    5. Ensuring CEO performance through End Results and Executive Limitations monitoring.
    6. Ensuring Board performance through annual work session discussion of Board members of Governance Process and Board CEO Relationship policies.
    7. Serving as the independent conscience for the organization by reflecting community values and protecting against bureaucratic indifference through communication and counsel with the CEO.
    8. Serving as final district-level decision-maker for appeals that are brought to the Board under state or federal law, contract or established district procedure.



    Monitoring Method: Board self-assessment
    Monitoring Frequency: Annually

    Lake Washington School District Board of Directors

    Formal portraits of the LWSD School Board members

    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.