Series 200:  Administration
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    February 21, 2018
    The School Board and the District Administrator share responsibility for working together to provide effective leadership for the School District. Accordingly, the Board and District Administrator likewise share responsibility for the goal of developing and maintaining a productive, mutually-respectful working relationship.
    While the Board’s and the District Administrator’s leadership roles are different, they are complementary and involve a degree of overlapping duties and responsibilities.
    As the elected representatives of the community and as the highest-level governing authority in the District, the Board’s primary leadership role involves establishing the District’s mission, goals, strategic priorities, governance policies, and annual budgets, and then providing the necessary support, oversight, and advocacy to foster and monitor their proper implementation.
    As a highly-skilled professional educator and as the Board-selected chief administrator, the District Administrator’s role includes (1) prudently leading and managing the District’s schools, programs, and operations on a day-to-day basis in a manner that implements and that is consistent with the Board’s governance decisions; (2) assisting the Board in performing its governance role, including by making significant contributions to the establishment the District’s goals, priorities, policies, and budgets; (3) overseeing the design, implementation, and review of learning standards, curriculum, and professional practice in the District; and (4) setting the expectations and accountability structures for other staff members that the District Administrator will ultimately use to demonstrate his/her own accountability to the Board.
    The District Administrator and Board will work to develop, and refine as needed, their shared understanding regarding (1) their respective roles; (2) the extent, methods, and timing of communication between the Board and the administration; and, (3) especially where not otherwise definitively addressed by applicable law or by existing policies and procedures, their respective spheres of decision-making authority. When either the Board or the District Administrator has concerns regarding the effective functioning of the leadership team, each is expected to identify those concerns to the other members of the leadership team and to attempt to identify appropriate means by which the leadership team can address those concerns. An important primary, but not exclusive, means for the Board to bring such issues to the attention of the District Administrator is through the performance evaluation process.
    Legal References:
    Wisconsin Statutes
    [district administrator duties]
    [school board duties]
    [school board powers]