Responsibilities

002. AUTHORITY, POWERS AND DUTIES

Section 1. Authority

The authority to establish, equip, furnish, operate and maintain the public schools of Iroquois School District is vested in the Board of School Directors, which is a body corporate and is constituted and governed by Title 24 of the Pennsylvania Statutes, the Public School Code of 1949 as amended, Article III of the Pennsylvania Constitution and applicable federal and state laws and regulations.

Section 2. Powers

The Board shall establish such schools as are required for the education of every student residing in Iroquois School District between the ages of six (6) and twenty-one (21) years who may attend school; shall equip, furnish, operate, and maintain the schools; shall adopt and enforce rules and regulations for the management of school affairs and the conduct and deportment of employees and students; and shall levy and collect taxes as may be necessary, in addition to the annual state appropriation, for the exercise of aforesaid powers.

The Board shall act as the general agent of the residents of the school district in matters of public education. It shall establish educational goals and academic standards for district schools and govern an educational program designed to meet those goals and standards and to support student achievement. The Board shall be responsible for establishing, maintaining and evaluating the educational programs in district schools, and for enforcing mandatory laws and regulations.

The Board, in accordance with its statutory mandate, shall adopt Board procedures for its own operation, and policies for the guidance of the Superintendent in the operation of the school district. Board procedures and policies shall be consistent with law, have a rational and substantial relationship to a legitimate purpose of the Board, and be directed towards the maintenance and support of a thorough and efficient system of public education in this district.

Section 3. Duties

Board members shall endeavor to attend all meetings, discuss items presented on the agenda, suggest other items for consideration, and vote upon motions and resolutions presented.

Official decisions of the Board can be arrived at only duly constituted Board meetings. Individual Board members or groups of Board members do not have independent authority to speak for the Board; and shall make no out-of-meeting commitments for the Board.

It is important that Board members be nonpartisan in dealing with school matters and not subordinate the education of district students to any partisan principle, group interest, or personal ambition. Board members shall set policy; they shall not administer it.


References:

Pennsylvania Constitution – PA Const. Art. III Sec. 14

School Code – 24 P.S. Sec. 211, 301, 407, 501, 502, 503, 507, 510, 511, 801, 803, 1411

State Board of Education Regulations – 22 PA Code Sec. 4.13

Board Policy – 000, 100, 102
Website by SchoolMessenger Presence. © 2017 West Corporation. All rights reserved.