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Role of the Board

The board is responsible to the people for whose benefit the school district has been established. Further, the board’s current decisions will influence the future course of education in Woodburn schools. By virtue of this responsibility, the board and each of its members must look to the future and to the needs of all district citizens. This requires a comprehensive perspective and long-range plan in addition to addressing immediate problems.

The board’s primary responsibility is to establish policies, purposes, programs and procedures, which will best achieve the goals of the strategic plan. The board is charged with accomplishing this while also being responsible for wise management of available resources. The board must fulfill these responsibilities by functioning primarily as a legislative body, which formulates and adopts policy, by selecting an executive officer to implement policy and by evaluating the results. Further, it must carry out its functions openly and seek the involvement of students, staff and the public during its decision-making process.

In accordance with these principles, the board, through its operations, will seek to achieve the following goals:

  1. Concentrate the board’s collective effort on policy-making and planning responsibilities.
  2. Formulate board policies that best serve each student’s educational interests.
  3. Provide the superintendent with sufficient and adequate guidelines for implementing
    board policies.
  4. Maintain effective communication with the public and with staff and students to maintain
    awareness of attitudes, opinions, desires and ideas.
  5. Conduct board business openly, soliciting and encouraging broad-based involvement of
    the public, students and staff in the board’s decision-making processes.