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Board-School Superintendent Relations  
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Board/Superintendent Relationship

The Board of Education believes that the legislation of policies is the most important function of a school board, and that the execution of the policies should be the function of the Superintendent.

Delegation by the Board of its executive powers to the Superintendent provides freedom for the Superintendent to manage the schools within the Board's policies, and frees the Board to devote its time to policy making and appraisal functions.

The Board holds the Superintendent responsible for carrying out its policies within established guidelines and for keeping the Board informed about school operations.

In order to keep the board informed, the Superintendent will notify Board members as promptly as possible of any happenings of an emergency nature which occur in schools.

Members of the Board, from time to time, may request information about various aspects of school district operations. Board members should use caution in making such requests, refraining from superfluous or excessive inquiries, since staff response requires that they spend valuable time away from important duties and responsibilities. The following criteria shall be applied:

A. All such requests shall be made to the Superintendent or his designee.


B. Requests for information requiring significant research and development, or that will require considerable time for preparation shall be made in writing. The Superintendent shall submit an estimate of the preparation and staff time required to respond to the request, and may recommend that the request come from the Board.


C. Any written information developed or provided to a member of the Board shall be provided to all members of the Board.


This policy last reviewed 1/19/2010.



Savannah Chatham County Public Schools
Adopted Date:  10/5/2005

Policy Reference Disclaimer: These references are not intended to be part of the policy itself, nor do they indicate the basis or authority for the board to enact this policy. Instead, they are provided as additional resources for those interested in the subject matter of the policy.

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O.C.G.A 20-02-0061 Fundamental roles of local boards of education and local school superintendents
O.C.G.A 20-02-0109 Duties of superintendents
Rule 160-5-1-.36 Local School Board Governance
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