District Staff

    Policy type: Executive Limitations
    Policy code: EL-9

    The CEO shall employ top quality personnel, treat staff as respected professionals, and evaluate staff meaningfully and fairly.

    Accordingly, the CEO shall:

      1. Attract and maintain top quality staff, considering compensation plans and other factors, by:
        1. Attracting and hiring the most highly qualified and best-suited candidates for employment.
        2. Retaining and nurturing top quality staff.
        3. Developing compensation and benefit plans that reward employees consistent with statute, with the applicable marketplace, with organizations of comparable size and type, and within available and projected resources.
        4. Cooperatively examining alternative compensation mechanisms and related opportunities, in partnership with affected staff, through collective bargaining where applicable.
      2. Ensure all conditions, procedures, actions or decisions are in place which are safe, lawful, ethical, respectful, and in compliance with Board policies by:
        1. Assuring an organizational culture that conforms with the following values:
          • Recognition of the fundamental role played by staff in the achievement and well-being of students;
          • Open and honest communication in all written and interpersonal interaction;
          • Respect for others and their opinions;
          • Focus on common organizational goals as expressed in Board End Results policies;
          • Commitment to the integrity and the positive image of the district, its leaders and staff.
        2. Maintaining an organizational culture of respect, dignity and courtesy that does not tolerate any behaviors, actions or attitudes by parents or guests that hinders the performance or well-being of staff.
        3. Having written operating personnel policies which:
          • Clearly state rules and procedures for staff and volunteers;
          • Provide for effective handling of complaints;
          • Include adequate job descriptions for all staff positions;
          • Include an effective personnel performance evaluation system;
          • Protect against illegal discrimination and harassment;
          • Provide for appropriate due process.
        4. Protecting confidential information.
        5. Making reasonable background inquiries and checks prior to hiring any paid personnel or utilizing the services of any volunteers who have unsupervised contact with students.
        6. Honoring the terms of negotiated agreements with staff.
        7. Providing staff with an opportunity to become familiar with the provisions of this policy.
      3. Ensuring that all staff members are qualified and trained to perform the responsibilities assigned to them.
      4. Establish technology application expectations for staff and ensure that these are met.
      5. Developing an evaluation system that guides and relates employee skill development and performance to achieve the Board’s End Results policies and complies with the Board’s organizational limitations policies, by:
        1. Developing and administering an evaluation system for all academic and administrative personnel that is designed to:
          • Improve instruction;
          • Measure and document excellent performance and unsatisfactory performance based on valid and reliable evidence;
          • Assist teachers and administrators to link their performance with multiple measures of student achievement and well-being;
          • Assure that instructional time is used to students’ maximum advantage.
        2. Developing and administering an effective evaluation system for classified personnel.
        3. Providing to the Board an annual report, as a part of the annual internal monitoring report, on the effectiveness of the evaluation system and its alignment with the Board’s End Results policies.



    Monitoring Method: Internal Report
    Monitoring Frequency: Annually

    Lake Washington School District Board of Directors

    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.