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    Governing Commitments

    Policy type: Governance Culture
    Policy code: GC-2

    The Board will govern lawfully with primary emphasis on results for students; encourage full exploration of diverse viewpoints; focus on governance matters rather than administrative issues; observe clear separation of Board and Superintendent roles; make all official decisions by formal vote of the Board; and govern with long-term vision.

    2.1.    The Board will function as a single unit. The opinions and personal strengths of individual members will be used to the Board’s best advantage, but the Board faithfully will make decisions as a group, by formal vote. No officer, individual, or committee of the Board will be permitted to limit the Board’s performance or prevent the Board from fulfilling its commitments. 

    2.2     The Board is responsible for its own performance and commits itself to continuous improvement. As a means to assure continuous improvement, the Board regularly and systematically will monitor all policies in this section and will assess the quality of each meeting by debriefing the meeting following its conclusion. 

    2.3    The Board will assure that its members are provided with training and professional support necessary to govern effectively.

    Accordingly:

    a. Training and coaching will be used to orient candidates and new board members as well as to maintain and increase current board member skills and knowledge.
    b. Strategic communication dialogues will be planned and implemented to ensure the whole Board’s ability to engage stakeholders in understanding the organization’s work as well as sharing viewpoints and values.

    2.4    To ensure that the Board’s business meetings are conducted with maximum effectiveness and efficiency, members will:

    a.    come to meetings adequately prepared
    b.    speak only when recognized 
    c.    not interrupt each other
    d.    not engage in side conversations 
    e.    not repeat what has already been said
    f.    not “play to the audience” or monopolize the discussion
    g.    support the president’s efforts to facilitate an orderly meeting
    h.    communicate openly and actively in discussion and dialog to avoid surprises
    i.    encourage balanced participation of all members
    j.    practice respectful body language

    2.5    The Board will use a consent agenda as a means to expedite the disposition of routine matters and dispose of other items of business it chooses not to discuss. All administrative matters delegated to the Superintendent that are required to be approved by the Board will be acted upon by the Board via the consent agenda. 

    2.6    An item may be removed from the consent agenda upon request of a member and concurrence of at least one additional member. 

    2.7    The Board will direct the district through policy. The Board’s major focus will be on the results expected to be achieved by students, rather than on the strategic choices made by the Superintendent and staff to achieve those results. Accordingly, individual members will not:

    a.    assume responsibility for resolving operational problems or complaints
    b.    give personal direction to any part of the operational organization

    2.8.    The Board, by majority vote, may revise or amend its policies at any time.  However, as a customary practice, a proposed policy revision will be discussed at one session of the Board prior to being approved at a subsequent Board meeting.

    Adopted:     
    07/07/03  

    Revised:     
    06/06/05
    05/04/09
    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