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Special meeting to specify school board member duties

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Gazette Staff
September 14, 2009
— The Janesville School Board will hold a special meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday to discuss and possibly approve a new policy that spells out the role and duties of a board member.

A proposed policy says in part that board members will "focus on policy making, planning, monitoring and evaluation rather than on day-to-day operations."


The proposal also says board members would:


-- "Set explicit priorities as a board for the school district and make sure that each member of the board and the community is aware of these priorities."


-- "Choose, direct, evaluate and set clear goals and measures for the superintendent."


-- "Make decisions as a whole board only at properly called meetings Board members recognize that individual members have no authority to take individual action in policy or in district and school administrative matters."


-- "Support decisions of the majority after honoring the right of individual members to express opposing viewpoints and vote their convictions."


-- "Recognize and respect the superintendent's responsibility to manage the school district and to direct employees in district and school matters."


-- "Give careful consideration to all issues brought to you by individuals and special interests. Actively solicit input and listen to all perspectives. Operate as community representatives and make decisions in the best interest of the district. Value the role of the board in the community and represent the district, when possible, at community functions."


-- "Strive sincerely to build better relationships and work as a team with one another and the superintendent."


The meeting will be at the Educational Services Center, 527 S. Franklin St.



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