• Responsibilities and Governance

    Responsibilities

    As the elected governing body of Edina Public Schools, the School Board is responsible for:

    • Establishing policy. The administration implements policy and supervises school operations. 
    • Employing and evaluating the Superintendent, the chief administrator who oversees all operations of the School District. 
    • Advocating for students with lawmakers. 
    • Establishing and approving the annual budget. 
    • Setting the annual local school levy. 
    • Working with the administration to determine the district's educational goals. 
    • Interpreting the needs of the community regarding the educational program. 
    • Communicating with stakeholders. 
    • Ratifying employee contracts. 
    • Authorizing development and revision of curriculum and student services. 
    • Approving expenditures and ensuring that proper facilities and equipment are available to support teaching and learning in Edina Public Schools. 

    Governance

    The Edina School Board provides governance for the public education system to successfully achieve the ideals and goals set out in the Strategic Framework.

    Governance is framed by the purpose for which an organization was created and is therefore concerned with activities of the highest level including goal setting, policy development and monitoring progress toward and alignment with governance objectives.

    The Board will assure that all its members have the knowledge, skills and support necessary to carry out excellence in governance, which will be achieved by 

    • training new members and candidates, as well as maintaining and increasing current member skills and knowledge;
    • engaging in external monitoring that helps the Board to exercise confident control over organizational performance; and
    • implementing community input strategies to ensure the Board's ability to listen effectively to stakeholder viewpoints and values.

  • Groups and Roles

    Public and Parents

    • Primary educator of the child (parents) 
    • Elect School Board members on educational issues 
    • Vote on levy requests

    School Board

    • Hiring, supervision and appraisal for one employee: the superintendent 
    • Development of policies that govern schools and creation of district mission/vision/values
    • Engagement with the public 
    • Approval of budgets

    Superintendent

    • Management and operation of school district through implementation of Board policies

    Principals and Administrators

    • Create school-based plans that align with district's operational plans and vision 
    • Support for the superintendent 
    • Implementation of policies and procedures

    Staff

    • Educate students 
    • Support for superintendent, principals and administration 
    • Implementation of policies and procedures

  • What does it mean for a school board to operate under policy governance? 

    For a public that may be more familiar with municipal forms of government that manage the day-to-day operations of the organization, school board roles can often be confusing. Simply put, school boards govern, appointing a superintendent to oversee and manage district operations. For Edina Public Schools, that means following a governance model of leadership that has the administration operating the schools according to the policies and goals set forth by the School Board.

  • Policy Governance Model (Edina School Board)

    • Govern through policies and budgets and by defining "why and what we're providing," but now "how"
    • Are accountable to all residents
    • Have a unified voice after board action
    • Operate as a whole board with no individual member authority

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