South Monterey County Joint Union High School District

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Roles and Responsibilities

The Five Responsibilities of the Board

Set the direction for the community's schools:
 
• Focus on student learning.
• Assess needs/baseline data.
• Generate, review or revise setting direction documents (beliefs, vision, priorities, strategic goals, success indicators).
• Ensure an appropriate inclusive process is used.
• Ensure these documents are the driving force for all district efforts.
 
Establish an effective and efficient structure for the school district: 
 
• Employ the Superintendent and set policy for hiring of other personnel.
• Oversee the development of and adopt policies.
• Set a direction for and adopt the curriculum.
• Establish budget priorities, adopt the budget and oversee facilities issues.
• Provide direction for and vote to accept collective bargaining agreements.
 
Demonstrate support through our behavior and actions: 
 
• Act with professional demeanor that models the district's beliefs and vision.
• Make decisions and provide resources that support mutually agreed upon priorities and goals.
• Uphold Board approved district policies.
• Ensure a positive personnel climate exists.
• Be knowledgeable enough about district efforts to explain them to the public.
 
Ensure accountability to the public: 
 
• Evaluate the Superintendent.
• Monitor, review and revise policies.
• Serve as a judicial and appeals body.
• Monitor student achievement and program effectiveness.
• Monitor and adjust district finances.
• Monitor the collective bargaining process.
 
Act as community leaders: 
 
• Speak with a common voice about district priorities, goals and issues.
• Engage and involve the community in district schools and activities.
• Communicate clear information about policies, programs and fiscal condition of the district.
• Educate the community and the media about the issues facing the district and public education.
• Advocate for children, district programs and public education to the general public, community leaders and local, state and national leaders.