The Board desires to maintain open channels of communication between itself and the staff. In the interest of efficiency, however, the basic line of communication will be through its chief executive officer, the superintendent.
The success of any school system requires effective communication between the Board and the school staff. Such communication is necessary for facilitating proposals for the continuing improvement of the educational program and for the proper disposition of personnel problems that may arise.
The main goal of both the Board and the staff is to provide the best possible educational opportunities for the entire community. To achieve this end, good Board-staff relations must be maintained in the climate of mutual trust and respect. At the same time, the Board, in exercising its public trust to provide thorough and efficient public education, cannot dissipate or transfer its responsibilities.
In accordance with good personnel practice, staff participation in the development of educational and personnel policies will be encouraged and facilitated. The superintendent, as the professional leader of the staff and chief executive of the Board, will establish the avenues for Board-staff communication.
All communications or reports to the Board from staff members and staff organizations will be submitted to the Board through the superintendent. Likewise, all communications from the Board to staff members or staff organizations will be conveyed through the superintendent. However, this will not be construed as denying the right of any staff member to appeal any action or decision of the superintendent to the Board.
Staff Communications with Individual Board Members
In accordance with established policy (BBAA), Board members will inform all persons who approach them with requests or grievances of the regular channels for presenting such requests or grievances: that is, through the teacher-principal-superintendent to the Board.
This policy is not meant to deprive any person of the right to an informal hearing before the Board; it is designed to promote proper procedures for Board-staff communications and to prevent arbitrary or preferential treatment of staff concerns.
Current practice codified: 1978
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