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Policy 1620
The Board of Directors

The successful operation of schools requires a close, effective working relationship between the
board and the superintendent. The relationship must be one of trust, good will and candor. As the
legally designated governing body, the board retains final authority within the district. The board
exercises those powers that are expressly required by law and those implied by law. The
superintendent is the board's professional advisor to whom the board delegates executive responsibility,
and such powers as may be required to manage the district in a manner consistent with
board policy and state and federal law.

The superintendent, as executive officer of the board, shall be responsible for the administration
of the schools under applicable laws and policies of the district. The board shall delineate the
duties of the superintendent and shall use them as the basis for evaluating the superintendent’s
performance. Unless specifically limited, the superintendent may delegate to other staff the
exercise of any powers and the discharge of any duties imposed by district policy or a vote of the
board. The delegation of power or duty shall not relieve the superintendent of responsibility for
the actions taken under such a delegation.

In order to perform their responsibilities, board members must be familiar with the operations
within the schools. The superintendent shall establish communication procedures which can
enhance the board members’ understanding of student programs and school operations.

Legal References:       RCW 28A.320.010 Corporate powers
                                             28A.330.100 Additional powers of the board (First Class Districts Only)
                                             28A.400.010 Employment of Superintendent—superintendent’s qualifications, general powers, term,                                                                             contract renewal
                                            28A.400.030 Superintendent’s duties

Adoption Date: 3/11/1999

  • 1620
  • Board
  • relationship
  • superintendent