The Board is organized for the purpose of setting policy and providing general direction for the school district. The Board is a policy-making and planning entity, and is not involved with the day-to-day operation of the school.
The Board elects a president and vice president, appoints a secretary/treasurer, and hires the chief administrator, the superintendent.
Role of the Board
The ultimate goal of the board is to achieve the educational philosophy of the school district. As school officials elected by the members of the school district community, the board shall strive to represent the needs and wishes of the members of the school district community in its deliberations and actions. ??While the board shall be aware of the desires of the school district community, the needs of the students in the Lisbon Community School District shall be considered above others. The board strives to meet the needs of the students through evaluation of the financial and educational benefits of the various alternatives available to the board and the school district.
Powers of the Board
The board of the Lisbon Community School District, acting on behalf of the school district, shall have jurisdiction over school matters within the territory of the school district. The board is empowered to make policy for its own governance, for employees, for students and for school district facilities. The board is also empowered to enforce its policies. The board may, through its quasi-judicial power, conduct hearings and rule on issues and disputes confronting the school district. ??The board has these powers and all other powers expressly granted to it in federal and state law as well as the powers that can be reasonably implied from the express powers.
Responsibilities of the Board
The board is authorized to govern the school district which it oversees. As the governing board of the school district, the board has three duties to perform: legislative duty, executive duty and evaluative duty. ??As a representative of the citizens of the school district community, the board is responsible for legislating policy for the school district. As a policy making body, the board has jurisdiction to enact policy with the force and effect of law for the management and operation of the school district. ??It is the responsibility of the board, under the board's executive duty, to select its chief executive officer, the superintendent, to operate the school district on the board's behalf. The board delegates to the superintendent its authority to carry out board policy, to formulate and carry out rules and regulations and to handle the administrative details in a manner which supports and is consistent with board policy. ??The board has a responsibility to review the education program's performance under its evaluative duty. The board reviews the education program and ancillary services on an ongoing basis. The review includes a careful study and examination of the facts, conditions and circumstances surrounding the amount of funds received or expended and the education program's ability to achieve the board's educational philosophy for the school district.
The annual school election takes place on the second Tuesday in September. Each annual school election shall be used to elect at least one citizen to the board to maintain a five-member board and to address other questions that must be submitted to the voters. Citizens of the school district community seeking a seat on the board must file their nomination papers with the board secretary-treasurer, or designee, between sixty-five and forty days before the school election unless otherwise directed. ??If a vacancy occurs on the board it may be filled by appointment within thirty days of the vacancy. If the board does not fill the vacancy by appointment, the board secretary-treasurer shall call a special election to fill the vacancy. Candidates for a seat created by a vacancy must file their nomination papers thirty days before the special election. ??Nomination papers for all candidates for election to a school board office must be filed with the secretary of the school board on Monday, 64 days before the regular school election (Second Tuesday of September.) and by no later than 5:00 P.M. on Thursday, 40 days before the school election. Any person, who has filed nomination papers, may withdraw as a candidate at any time prior to 35 days before the election. ??Nomination Papers are available from the Linn County Auditor's Office and/or the Board Secretary's Office. ??Terms: The term of an appointment is four years.
Serving on the board of directors is an honor and privilege. Its rewards are respect from the community, students, and employees and the satisfaction from knowing each board member contributed to the success of the children in the school district community. Only those who are willing to put forth the effort to care and to make a difference should consider running for a position on the board. Individuals who are willing to serve on the board believe public education is important, support the democratic process, willingly devote time and energy to board work, respect educators and have the ability to examine the facts and make a decision. The board believes an individual considering a position on the school board should possess these characteristics. ??Citizens wanting to run for a position on the board must be a citizen of the school district, an eligible elector of the district and free from a financial conflict of interest with the position.
Terms of Office
Board members elected for a full term at a regularly scheduled school election in September serve for four years. Board members appointed to fill a vacant position will serve until the next scheduled school election. A board member elected to fill a vacancy will serve out the unexpired term. ??Being a board member is a unique opportunity for a citizen to participate on a governing board of the school district. Eligible board members are encouraged to consider running for more than one term.
The Board meets in regular session the second Thursday of each month. Meetings begin at 7:00 pm and are held in the conference room. The purpose of the regular board meetings is to conduct the business portion of the Board’s duties. All items which require action by the Board will be discussed during this time.?The Board has also added a second monthly meeting to be held on the fourth Thursday of each month at 7:00 pm in the conference room. The sole purpose of these “Academic Excellence” meetings is to review and progress the academic offerings of our district in every category. We want to shine the spotlight on every area of our school’s performance to insure that the Board, administration, and staff are being held to the highest standard. We are committed to exhausting every possible measure in the pursuit of pushing our district to the highest possible level of academic achievement. Academic topics for each month are listed on the School Board Meeting Times link.?In regard to both meetings, the Board strongly encourages and appreciates any and all participation by our stakeholders. In addition, in the event that you cannot physically attend a Board meeting, please view all meetings via our web cam.
The tentative agenda for each board meeting shall state the topics for discussion and action at the board meeting. The agenda is part of the public notice of the board meeting and will be posted and distributed. ??Persons requesting to place an item on the agenda must make a request to the superintendent five days prior to the preparation of the agenda. The person making the request must state the person's name, address, purpose of the presentation, action desired and pertinent background information. Requests received after the deadline may only be added to the agenda for good cause. ??The tentative agenda and supporting documents shall be sent to the board members three days prior to the scheduled board meeting. These documents are the private property of the board member. Persons wishing to view the tentative agenda and supporting documents may do so at the central administration office. ??The board shall take action only on the items listed on the tentative agenda posted with the public notice. Items added to the agenda may be discussed or taken under advisement by the board. If an added item is acted upon, the minutes of the board meeting shall state the reason for the immediate action. The board shall act on items not listed on the agenda with great care. It shall be the responsibility of the board president and superintendent to develop the agenda for each board meeting.
The board recognizes the importance of citizen participation in school district matters. In order to assure citizens are heard and board meetings are conducted efficiently and in an organized manner, the board shall set time aside for citizen participation. The board has the discretion to limit the amount of time set aside for public participation. Anyone wanting an item on the agenda must notify the superintendent prior to the distribution of the tentative agenda. This does not insure that the item will be placed on the agenda. The individual must give the superintendent the individual's name, address, name of group representing (if any) and the issue to be addressed. ??The orderly process of the board meeting shall not be interfered with or disrupted. Board members may ask questions of speakers after receiving permission from the board president. Only those speakers recognized by the board president shall be allowed to speak. Comments by others are out of order. If disruptive, the individual making the comments or another individual causing disruption may be asked to leave the board meeting. Individuals who have a complaint about employees may bring their complaint to the board only after they have followed board policy addressing citizens' complaints. Students who have a complaint may only bring their complaint to the board after they have followed board policy addressing students' complaints.
- Improve Communications With All District Stakeholders
- Strengthen Relations With Our Community
- Provide a Positive Learning Environment & School Climate
- Encourage Continuous Improvement In Order To Impact Student Achievement
The district has formal policies that address the areas of administration, employees, students, the education program, non-instructional operations, buildings, and district-community relations.??The policy manual is available in the office of the Superintendent.