BBAA - School Board Powers and Responsibilities
SCHOOL BOARD POWERS AND RESPONSIBILITIES
The School Board shall have general charge of all the public schools of the Cape Elizabeth School Department and shall exercise such other responsibilities as specifically provided by law.
Members of the Board have authority only when acting as a board legally in session. The Board shall not be bound in any way by any action or statement on the part of an individual Board member except when such statement or action is in pursuance of specific instructions from the Board.
The Board shall concern itself primarily with high level policy rather than with administrative details. The application of policies is an administrative task to be performed by the Superintendent and their staff, who shall be held responsible for the effective administration and supervision of the entire school system.
The Board, functioning within the framework of laws, court decisions, attorney general's opinions, and similar mandates from the state and national levels of government, and recognizing the authority of the state, fulfills its mission as the governing body of a political subdivision by acting as follows in the execution of its duties:
Selects, employs, and evaluates the Superintendent;
Provides for the planning, expansion, improvement, financing, construction, and maintenance of the physical plant of the school system;
Prescribes the minimum standards needed for the efficient operation and improvement of the school system;
Requires the establishment and maintenance of records, accounts, archives, management methods, and procedures incidental to the conduct of school business;
Approves the budget, financial reports, audits, major expenditures, payment of obligations, and policies whereby the administration may formulate procedures, regulations, and other guides for the orderly accomplishment of business;
Estimates the funds necessary from taxes for the operation, support, maintenance, and improvement of the school system;
Adopts courses of study;
Provides staff and instructional aids;
Evaluates the educational program to determine the effectiveness with which the schools are achieving the educational purposes of the school system;
Provides for the dissemination of information relating to the schools necessary for creating a well informed public; and
Approves/disapproves personnel nominations from the Superintendent and determines (where appropriate via collective bargaining) compensation and working conditions of all staff.
- 20-A MRSA § 1001 - 1003
- 20-A MRSA § 1476 (RSU)
- January 8, 2019
- October 10, 2023