QUESTION 1: When you talk to prospective voters about what the Board of Education can–and cannot–do, what do you tell them?
When I talk to voters about the role of the Board of Education members, many people are surprised to hear the answer. There is a mis-conceived notion that school board members are involved in the day to day operations of the school district, with the hiring of employees and development of class curriculum.
The school board members are tasked with hiring one employee, the Superintendent of the School District. It is one of the most critical decisions the school board has as the Superintendent is responsible for selecting the Principals for the individual schools, who are involved in hiring the staff. I look at the Board of Education as the Board of Directors of a company and the Superintendent is the chief executive of the district.
In my experience as a current Board of Education member, I have created a list of key responsibilities for the school board:
• Set the strategic plan and vision for the school district
• Adopt policies to set direction to meet goals
• Oversee the annual budget
• Hire and evaluate the Superintendent
• Hold the Superintendent responsible for implementing policies and day to day operations with the staff to meet district goals
The role of the Board of Education is to be the voice for the residents of Verona to the school administrators and represent the students and school district to the citizens and taxpayers of Verona. As a current Board Member, I have been diligent in effectively representing the students, district, and residents of Verona and I hope to continue to do so in the future.