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Highline Public Schools
15675 Ambaum Blvd. SW Burien, WA 98166

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Highline Public Schools
15675 Ambaum Blvd. SW Burien, WA 98166

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Procedure 1620 - THE BOARD-SUPERINTENDENT RELATIONSHIP PROCEDURE

To facilitate effective communication, the following communications procedures are established:

Staff Communications to the Board All communications or reports to the board or individual board members from principals, supervisors, teachers, or other staff members shall be submitted through the superintendent. This shall not deny any staff member's right to appeal to the board regarding administrative decisions, provided that the superintendent shall have been notified of the forthcoming appeal and that it is processed according to the applicable procedures on complaints and grievances.

Board Communications to Staff All official communications, policies, and directives of staff interest and concern will be communicated to staff members through the superintendent. The superintendent will employ all such media as are appropriate to keep staff fully informed of the board's priorities, concerns and actions.

Visits to Schools Individual board members interested in visiting schools or classrooms will make arrangements for visitations through principals of the various schools. Such visits shall be regarded as expressions of interest in school affairs and not as "inspections" or visits for supervisory or administrative purposes. Official visits by board members will be carried on only under board authorization and with the full knowledge of staff, including the superintendent, principals and other supervisors.

Social Interaction Staff and board members share a keen interest in the schools and in education. When they meet at social affairs and other functions, informal discussion on such matters as educational trends, issues, and innovations and general district problems can be anticipated. Discussions of personalities or staff grievances are not appropriate.

The superintendent serves as the district’s chief administrative officer and professional advisor to the board in the formulation of plans, policies, and all operations of the district. He/she shall make recommendations to the board on matters pertaining to the welfare of the schools. He/she shall implement the policies of the board and develop procedures and practices consistent with those policies.

The superintendent shall:

The board shall:

Serve as chief executive officer of the district.

Select the superintendent and delegate to him/her all necessary administrative powers.

Recommend policies or policy changes to the board and develop procedures which implement board policy.

Recommend the development of and adopt policies for the operation of the school system.

Provide leadership in the development, operation, supervision and evaluation of the educational program.

Provide direction for the educational program.

Approve courses of study.

Recommend consideration of and review course of study.

Recommend textbooks and materials including digital or electronic-based curriculum.

Adopt textbooks and teaching materials including digital or electronic-based curriculum.

Develop annual descriptive guide of district.

Review annual report on district programs.

Prepare and submit the annual budget.

Approve the annual budget.

Recommend candidates for employment with the district.

Approve the hiring of district employees.

Recommend contracts for major construction.

Approve contracts for construction.

Recommend payment of vouchers and payroll.

Formulate the district’s annual budget and approve expenditures pursuant to that budget.

Prepare monthly fiscal reports.

Review monthly fiscal reports.

Direct the negotiation of collective bargaining agreements.

Approve collective bargaining agreements.

Recommend criteria for evaluating staff. Establish criteria and processes for evaluating staff.

Recommend formation of ad hoc citizen’s committees.

Appoint citizens and staff to serve on special committees.

Inform board of district operations

Review district operations to assure compliance with district policy.

Recommend staff needs based on student enrollment.

Authorize the allocation of certificated and classified staff time.

Prepare reports regarding school and facilities needs.

Approve the closure or sale of schools or facilities.

Highline School District 401
Adopted by the Board: March 1983
Revised by the Board: 8.03, 9.08, 1.14