SCHOOL BOARD POWERS AND DUTIES
The Board of Education is the governing body of the school district. The Board is entrusted with the responsibility of developing policies under which the district is managed.
The powers and duties of the Board shall be as stated in the Education Law and other applicable New York State law, and shall also include the following:
1. to observe and enforce state laws and regulations pertaining to education;
2. to transact school business only in regular sessions;
3. to represent the entire community without fear or favor;
4. to work cooperatively with other Board members, recognizing, however, that
creative conflict or dissent may encourage discussion and help define the
5. to accept all final Board decisions once they are made;
6. to delegate action to the Superintendent of Schools as the Board executive and to
confine Board action to policy making, planning and appraisal;
7. to employ only competent, trained personnel and these only on the
recommendation of the Superintendent of Schools;
8. to preserve the right and obligation of teachers to treat controversial issues fairly
and without bias;
9. to attempt to appraise fairly both the present and future educational needs of the
10. to insist that all district business transactions be made on an ethical, above-board basis.
Complete and final authority on all district educational matters, except as restricted by law, will be vested in the Board. The Board may also enter into contracts and agreements in conformity with state law.
Ref: Education Law §§1604; 1604-a; 1701; 1708; 1709; 1710
Adoption date: January 1, 1993
Reviewed on: February 4, 2003