Home & School Association

Serving Glendale Adventist Elementary and Glendale Adventist Academy

Functions of the School Board

Basis for Operation of the Schools 

The school board is responsible for the operation of the school within the guidelines and policies adopted by the NAD, the union, the local conference, and the local board. 

 

Authority of the Board and/or Members 

The board has authority only when meeting in official session.  The board acts as a whole and individual members or committees cannot act in place of the board, except when asked to do so by the board.  Actions of the board are implemented through its executive secretary, the principal.  In schools without a designated administrator, the board actions are implemented through the chair in counsel with the local superintendent of schools or designee.

 

Specific Functions of the School Board 

1. Curriculum and Instruction Cooperate with the union and local conference offices of education in matters of curriculum development and innovations. 

 

2. Fiscal Management Assume responsibility for the planning and funding of a balanced annual operating budget including:

a. Operating expenses 

b. Curriculum materials 

c. Playground and physical education supplies 

d. Media center materials 

e. School supplies 

f. Insurance 

g. Indebtedness 

h. Capital budgeted expenses 

i. Operating Reserves

 

General Operation 

a. Support the principal (or head teacher) in the administration of the school program including: 

(1) Implementation of board policies 

(2) Teacher load 

(3) Daily schedule 

(4) Development and enforcement of a student handbook. 

 

b. Participate in the process of school evaluation as scheduled by the local conference office of education or the union office of education and the regional accrediting association. 

c. Consider, in counsel with the local superintendent of schools, a proposed plan of school organization including a constitution and bylaws, the administrative organization, and a basic curriculum for the school.

d. Adopt the recommended local conference school calendar annually.  Proposed changes or modifications must receive prior approval from the local conference board of education. 

e. Authorize the preparation of a school bulletin. 

f. Approve all overnight, off-campus activities.  [See Sections A24-104 to A23- 144 for criteria and approval procedures for offcampus activities and tours.] 

g. Act upon the recommendation of the school administration in situations involving serious disciplinary cases and serve as the ultimate authority in the expulsion of students. [See Section A23-152.]

 

Personnel 

a. The employment, changes in employment status, termination, or dismissal of education personnel are by authority of the local conference board of education in consultation with the local school board.  Thus, the local conference board of education is the employing organization, referred to hereinafter as the employer.  [See Section E10-108 for the relationship of the school board to the local conference board of education.] Note: A discussion which requires confidentiality, such as employment status of education personnel or dismissal of a student, is to be conducted in executive session. 

b. Cooperate with the local conference office of education in planning for in-service education and teacher conventions.

 

Policy Development and Implementation 

a. Insure implementation of the policies contained in the Education Code and policies and plans of the local conference office of education and local conference board of education. 

b. Adopt policies in areas of local concern such as: 

(1) Use of school property 

(2) Bus schedules and routes 

(3) Purchasing procedures 

(4) Tuition and/or other methods of support 

(5) Admission requirements (in accordance with state and local conference guidelines) 

(6) Equipment and maintenance of school plant 

(7) Master planning 

(8) Student discipline and behavior.

 

Board Governance and Operations 

a. Organize itself in harmony with local conference policies and the school constitution. 

b. Insure that official minutes of each meeting of the board be kept. 

c. Consider appeals regarding the operation of the school. 

d. Appoint the personnel committee members and form other committees as needed.  The local superintendent of schools and/or designee and principal are members of the personnel committee.  The local superintendent of schools, or designee, is chair of the personnel committee.  [See Section A18-104.]

 

School/Church/Community Relations

a. Support the home and school association or parent-teacher  organization. 

b. Promote the school to the constituency church(es). 

c. Promote the school to the community.

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