Policy Details

9010 Limits of Authority

9010

INTERNAL BOARD OPERATIONS

LIMITS OF AUTHORITY

The Board of Education is the unit of authority. Apart from the normal function as part of the unit, no Board member has individual authority. The Board member does not represent any one segment of the community, but is rather a part of the body which represents and acts for the community as a whole.

No individual member of the Board, by virtue of holding office, shall exercise any administrative responsibility with respect to the schools, nor as an individual command the service of any school employee. All communications, such as questions, complaints and personnel inquiries, shall be referred to the Superintendent, so as to maintain adherence to the established chain of command.

No members of the Board of Education shall perform any investigative, routine or other duties which are the purview of a district employee nor shall members of the Board of Education ask or require an employee to perform any duty or service.

No board member shall solicit information from the public regarding the performance, behavior, or competence of a school district employee. This provision does not, however, prevent a board member from listening to the public's concerns.

Board members, as elected public officials, have a responsibility to apprise the Superintendent of issues that will impact the schools.

In addition, Board members acting as members of committees of the Board, will contribute in formulating policy, studying issues, and developing approaches to problems when working in concert with the Superintendent.

If a student is appointed as a non-voting member of the Board of Education, they will represent the student body in discussion of Board matters as it may pertain to the student population of the Litchfield Public Schools.

(cf. 2000.1 – Board-Superintendent Relationship)
(cf. 4118.21 - Academic Freedom)
(cf. 5145.2 - Freedom of Expression / Speech)
(cf. 6144 - Controversial Issues)
(cf. 9000 - Role of Board and Members)

Legal Reference: Conn. Gen. Stat. § 10-220 Duties of boards of education.
Conn. Gen. Stat. § 10-232 Restrictions on employment of members of the board of education.

Litchfield Board of Education
Bylaw Adopted: 12/6/1983
Bylaw Reviewed: 4/27/1999,
Bylaw Revised: 1/20/2010, 3/2/2016, 7/18/2018

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