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GP105 – Board President’s Role

  • Effective: 9/25/2012
  • Revision:
  • Reviewed: 2/24/2015

The President assures the integrity of the process of the Board of Education, and when called upon, represents the Board to outside parties.

Accordingly, the President will have the following roles and duties:

  1. To ensure that the Board behaves consistently with its own policies and those legitimately imposed upon it from outside the organization, by enforcing that:
    1. Meeting discussion content will be on those issues, which according to Board policy, clearly belong to the Board to decide or to monitor.
    2. Information, which is neither for monitoring performance nor Board decisions, will be avoided or minimized and always noted as information.
    3. Deliberation will be fair, open, thorough, timely, orderly, and specific to the issue.
    4. The Board be in compliance with its own policies on Governance Process and Board/Superintendent Connection, and advising the Board, particularly in the case of Board behavior that is detrimental to the working relationship between the Board and the Superintendent and/or the Business Administrator.
  2. To make decisions that fall within topics covered by Board policies on Governance Process and Board/Superintendent Connection with the exception of employment or termination of a Superintendent or Business Administrator, and where the Board specifically delegates portions of this authority to others. The President is authorized to use any reasonable interpretation of the provisions in these policies in acting within the following powers and limitations:
    1. The President is empowered to chair Board of Education meetings with all the commonly accepted responsibility of that position (e.g., ruling, recognizing speakers and following Robert’s Rules of Order.)
    2. The President has no authority to make decisions about policies created by the Board within Ends and Executive Limitations policy areas.
    3. The President has no authority to supervise or direct the Superintendent.
    4. The President, in collaboration with the Secretary, is responsible for the creation of the annual policy review calendar, which is to be derived from the Board approved perpetual calendar. The President must present the calendar for Board approval by July 1st.
    5. The President may represent the Board to outside parties in announcing Board-stated positions and in stating chair decisions and interpretations within the area delegated to her/him.
    6. The President may delegate this authority but remains accountable for its use.
    7. The President may call special meetings of the Board of Education:
      1. whenever there is sufficient business to come before the Board; or
      2. upon the written requests of three members of the Board; or
      3. with the concurrence of three members of the Board at a regular meeting and in accordance with the Open Meeting Law.
    8. The President shall sign all papers and documents as required by law or as authorized by action of the Jordan School District Board of Education.
    9. In the absence of the Secretary and the Vice President, the President may appoint another Board member to assume the Secretary’s duties.
  3. To ensure the delivery of an annual progress report to the public by the Superintendent as delegated by the Board to include the following items:
    1. Student performance data indicating student progress toward accomplishing the Board’s Ends policies;
    2. Information about District strategies, programs, and operations intended to accomplish the Board’s Ends policies; and
    3. Revenues, expenditures, and costs of major programs and elements of District operation.