Moffat Consolidated School District #2
Policy Type: GOVERNANCE PROCESS
Policy Number: GP-2
Policy Title: GOVERNING STYLE
The board will govern lawfully with an emphasis on (a) outward vision rather than an internal preoccupation, (b) encouragement of diversity in viewpoints, (c) strategic leadership more than administrative detail, (d) clear distinction of board and chief executive roles, (e) collective rather than individual decisions, (f) future rather than past or present, and (g) proactively rather than reactivity.
1.The board will cultivate a sense of group responsibility. The board, not the staff, will be responsible for excellence in governing. The board will be the initiator of policy, not merely a reactor to staff initiatives. The board will not use the expertise of individual members to substitute for the judgment of the board, although the expertise of individual members may be used to enhance the understanding of the board as a body.
2.The board will direct, control and inspire the organization through the careful establishment of broad written policies reflecting the board's values and perspectives. The board's major policy focus will be on the intended long-term impacts outside the staff organization, not on the administrative or programmatic means of attaining those effects.
3.The board will enforce upon itself whatever discipline is needed to govern with excellence. Discipline will apply to matters such as attendance, preparation for meetings, policymaking principles, respect of roles, and ensuring the continuance of governance capability. Although the board can change its governance process policies at any time, it will observe them scrupulously while in force.
a.If a Board member misses more than 3 consecutive meetings, or 4 monthly meetings total in one 12 month period, the Board of Education will ask the member to resign.
b.Board members will give verbal notice if they are unable to attend any meeting of the board to the President or another member of the Board as soon as possible prior to the upcoming board meeting.
c.To add items to monthly board agendas, board members notify the President of the Board (who sets the agenda with the Superintendent)
to ensure that the item is not an operational means issue and to avoid surprises (GP-10, #6). Board members will also be polled for additional agenda items during the “additions to the agenda” at the monthly meeting.
4.Continual board development will include orientation of new board members in the board's governance process and periodic board discussion of process improvement.
5.The board will allow no officer, individual or committee of the board to hinder or be an excuse for not fulfilling its commitments.
6.The board will monitor and discuss the board's process and performance at each meeting. Self-monitoring will include comparison of board activity and discipline to policies in the Governance Process and Board-Superintendent Linkage categories.
7.Changes to Board policies will require two readings, the 1st reading to propose policy and/or changes and the 2nd reading as final approval before a policy implementation.
8.In order that no conflict of interest arises between issues of management and board decision making, the board will not seat employees of the Moffat School District as members to the Board of Education.
Monitoring Method: Internal
Monitoring Frequency: Monthly
Adopted: September 17, 2001
Revised: November 2001
Revised: April 2005
Revised: September 2005