School Board Approves “Board Standards”

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The Coweta County School Board approved a set of “Board Standards” developed at a recent full-board training session.

At their monthly meeting on Tuesday, council members voted 7-0 to adopt the standards, which address areas such as communication, governance, school visits and the decision-making process.

The creation of board standards aims to cultivate interpersonal board development and appropriate board decorum, as well as to establish critical expectations.

The Coweta County School Board has unanimously approved the following board standards:

Communication with the Superintendent and the Board

Board members must inform the Superintendent of:

1. Communicate with the Superintendent in a timely manner.

2. Superintendent’s response – updates, follow-up.

3. Individual board members communicate in a timely and effective manner.

Board Members:

1. Board member inquiries should be made available to all

board members and be approved by a majority of the board. Chat with the

President on the requested documents, before putting them to the vote.

2. Communicate in a respectful manner and don’t dominate “air time”.

Communication with staff

1. Open the Line of Communication with the Superintendent

2. All communications with staff go through the Superintendent

3. Maintain stakeholder confidentiality.

Command string

1. Communication will follow the chain of command and insist that staff do the same.

2. The superintendent is responsible and accountable for day-to-day operations with fairness and consistency.

3. Issues and concerns received by the Board or individual members will be referred to the Superintendent.

Governance roles and responsibilities

1. Maintain district integrity.

2. Understand the role as a board member. We allow the Superintendent to maintain daily operations.

Decision-making process

1. Support the decisions made by the BOE and/or the administrative team once a decision is made.

2. Any discussion leading to a decision must be professional and respectful of the Superintendent, BOE members, staff and the public.

Chief executive officer

1. Establish the Superintendent’s annual performance evaluation in conjunction with the Superintendent in accordance with the strategic plan.

School visits

1. Board members wishing to visit schools must make arrangements with the district or school administrators at least 24 hours in advance, unless they have been invited directly by the school administration or district. .

2. All school visits must be for an appropriate purpose.

3. Council members must follow visitation procedures.

4. The protocol does not prevent board members from attending school functions as a parent or as a member of the community.

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