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.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

"Basics of Policy"

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..............