One of the school board’s major functions is the approval of policy. The board adopts district policy governing all facets of school operations, including employment of staff, administration of student services, educational programs, instructional materials, school facilities, equipment, finance, and support services. A board can adopt policy upon the recommendation of the superintendent, but the final decisions on policy cannot be delegated. The Superintendent develops and maintains a current policy manual. The policies are intended both as a tool for district managment as well as a source of information to patrons, staff and others about how the district operates. In conjunction with the Board of Directors and staff, policies are continually reviewed and updated throughout the year.
Policy versus Procedure
Policies are the legally binding and enforceable mechanism by which the board establishes the governance framework of the district.
A process or plan implementing district policy is commonly defined as an administrative regulation or procedure. The development and implementation of these regulations or procedures are appropriately left to the district’s administrators. Procedures guide implementation of policy, define standard operating procedure, and generally allow room for professional discretion and judgment, as appropriate. Procedures should be reviewed and revised by administrators as policy changes or circumstances warrant. Procedures are not adopted by the board.
The Sequim School District policy and procedures system covers the following areas of governance: