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  • Section B: Board Governance and Operations


As an elected body, the School Board of Directors (Board) is accountable to the public for the education of its children and the stewardship of the school unit’s resources. The Board recognizes that in order to be most effective in its governance role, it should continuously monitor and evaluate its own performance, processes, and practices. The Board believes that periodic self-evaluation is essential to improved leadership, support of student achievement, and the attainment of the school unit’s vision and goals.

The Board will annually conduct a self-evaluation at a scheduled time and place open to the public prior to School Board elections in June. All Board Members and the Superintendent are expected to participate in the process.

During self-evaluation, the Board will evaluate itself as a whole. The self-evaluation should emphasize areas of strength as well as those identified for improvement. Board members are encouraged to use the evaluation process as an opportunity to assess their own personal performance.

The Board will determine the areas of competence and/or Board responsibilities and relationships that will be used as the basis for the self-evaluation. 

The Board may seek the assistance of the Superintendent in identifying standards for assessment and topics for discussion and/or in selecting an evaluation method or instrument/form that meets its needs. 

If a self-evaluation instrument/form is used, a composite of the responses may be tabulated by the Board Chair to provide a more detailed analysis of Board performance. As no single instrument or form may encompass all of the Board’s responsibility or sufficiently address the relationship between responsibilities, the Board need not limit itself to those items that appear on the instrument/form, but should use it as means of structuring and stimulating Board discussion.

Areas of Board responsibility and relationships that may be appropriate to consider during the self-evaluation may include but are not limited to:

  1. Board “visioning and goal setting,” strategic planning, and long-range planning skills and processes;

  2. Vision, Leadership & Accountability;

  3. Board Governance & Policy;

  4. Communication & Community Relations;

  5. Fiscal Resources, Staff Recruitment & Environment;

  6. Ethical Leadership.

Following a discussion of the evaluation results, the Board will establish priorities and objectives for the next year. The Board may, as desired, schedule interim check-ins to assess progress toward achieving identified priorities and objectives during the year. 

Adopted: 08/21/17 

Revised: 02/07/22

  • Section B