In this reflective workshop at MASC's annual conference, the focus was on the difference between the roles of School Committees and Superintendents along with some policy guidance.
A great summation of School Committee vs. Superintendent responsibilities:
Superintendent vs. staff
Vision and goals vs. action plans
Policies vs. regulations
Budget vs. expenditures
Approves contracts vs. employee relations
Monitors progress vs. reports progress
Advocacy - both!
Decides what and why vs. decides when and how
End results (Ends) vs. Methods (Means)
When reviewing current policy, ask:
* Is it legal?
* Does it reflect current practice?
* Is it working? If not, what needs to be changed?
* Do we need it? (Don't be afraid to repeal unneeded policies)
And remember....Not everything that is required, is required to be in a policy!
Good food for thought as we continue to review and update our policy manual..............
Margaret Raymond Driscoll is a nine-year Melrose School Committee member who is passionate about excellent teaching and learning for all public school students, and considers it a privilege to collaborate with others who share that passion. You can also follow her on Twitter at @MargaretDrisc. Just to be clear - opinions expressed here do not represent those of the Melrose Public Schools, the Melrose School Committee, or the Massachusetts Association of School Business Officials - they are hers alone.