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Policy Categories Archives: Section C: General School Administration

Section C contains policies on school management, administrative organization, and school building and department administration, including the administrative aspect of special programs and system-wide reforms such as school or site-based management. It also houses personnel policies on the Superintendent and school administrators.

Administration Goals

ASD File: CA
AUBURN SCHOOL DISTRICT
ADMINISTRATION GOALS

Proper administration of the schools is most vital to a successful educational program. The general purpose of the administration shall be to coordinate and supervise, under the policies of the School Administrative Unit and each School Board, the creation and operation of an environment in which students learn most effectively. Administration duties and functions should be appraised in terms of the contribution made to improving instruction and learning. The Board shall rely on its chief executive officer, the Superintendent, to provide at the district level the professional administrative leadership demanded by such a far-reaching goal. Vision, initiative, resourcefulness, and wise leadership — as well as consideration and concern for staff members, students, parents, and others — are essential for effective administration.

The Superintendent, the Principal, and all other administrators shall have the authority and responsibility necessary for his/her specific administrative assignment. Each shall likewise be accountable for the effectiveness with which the administrative assignment is carried out. The Board shall be responsible for specifying requirements and expectations of the Superintendent, then holding the Superintendent accountable by evaluating how well those requirements and expectations have been met. In turn, the Superintendent shall be responsible for clearly specifying requirements and expectations for all other administrators, then for holding each accountable by evaluating how well requirements and expectations have been met.

Major goals of administration shall be:
1. To manage the district’s various departments, units, and programs effectively.
2. To provide professional advice and counsel to the School Administrative Unit and each School Board and to advisory groups established by Board action. Preferably, where feasible, this will be done through reviewing alternatives, analyzing the advantages and disadvantages of each, and recommending a selection from among alternatives.
3. To implement the management function so as to assure the best and most effective learning programs, through achieving such sub-goals as (a) providing leadership in keeping abreast of current educational developments; (b) arranging for the staff development necessary to the establishment and operation of learning programs that better meet more learner needs; (c) coordinating cooperative efforts at improvement of learning programs, facilities, equipment, and materials; and (d) providing access to the decision-making process for improvement ideas of staff, students, parents, and others, and (e) implementing procedures to ensure that the differing needs and talents of students are fully considered when planning educational programs.

Legal Reference: NH Code of Administrative Rules Sections Ed. 302; 303; 304; 306.10(a)(6)

Adopted: December 14, 1999
Revised: March 13, 2007

 

Appointment Of Superintendent

ASD File: CBB
AUBURN SCHOOL DISTRICT
APPOINTMENT OF SUPERINTENDENT

The Superintendent of Schools shall be elected by the School Administrative Unit School Board in keeping with the laws of New Hampshire.

Statutory Reference:
RSA 194-C:4

Adopted: December 14, 1999

 

Superintendent’s Development Opportunities

ASD File: CBG
AUBURN SCHOOL DISTRICT
SUPERINTENDENT’S DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITIES

The Board encourages the Superintendent to make every effort to stay abreast of educational trends and to seize opportunities for exploring new ideas and programs that may be used to advantage in the school district.

For the benefit of the Auburn school system, the Board encourages the Superintendent to set aside time each year to attend certain seminars and conferences and visit other school systems in which promising ideas are emerging.

Adopted: December 14, 1999

Evaluation Of The Superintendent

ASD File: CBI
AUBURN SCHOOL DISTRICT
EVALUATION OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

Through evaluation of the Superintendent, the Board will strive to accomplish the following:
1. Clarify for the Superintendent his/her role in the school system as seen by the Board.
2. Clarify for all board members the role of the Superintendent in the light of his/her job description and the immediate priorities among his/her responsibilities as agreed upon by the Board and the Superintendent.
3. Develop harmonious working relationships between the Board and Superintendent.
4. Provide effective administrative leadership for the school system.

The Board will provide the Superintendent with periodic opportunities to discuss Superintendent-Board relationships, and will inform him/her, at least annually, of its assessment of his/her performance.

Adopted: December 14, 1999

School Building Administration

ASD File: CF
AUBURN SCHOOL DISTRICT
SCHOOL BUILDING ADMINISTRATION

The Auburn School Board reaffirms the rights and responsibilities of the Principal for the administration of their various programs within the broad scope of the adopted board policies.

Specifically, the Principal is the responsible head and professional leader in the development of the educational program and the improvement of instruction in the school and in interpreting the school to the community. All personnel will work through and under the direction of the Principal in the performance of their duties within his/her school.

Adopted: December 19, 2001

Evaluation Of Principal/Special Education Director

ASD File: CFB
AUBURN SCHOOL DISTRICT
BUILDING PRINCIPAL/SPECIAL EDUCATION DIRECTOR EVALUATIONS

The Superintendent shall conduct an ongoing process of evaluating the Principal/Special Education Director on his/her skills, abilities, and competence. Annually, the Superintendent or his/her designee will formally evaluate the Principal/Special Education Director. The goal of the formal evaluation process is to ensure the education program for the students is carried out, promote growth in effective administrative leadership for the school district, clarify the Principal’s/Special Education Director’s role as the Board and Superintendent see it, ascertain areas in need of improvement, and focus the immediate priorities of the Principal/Special Education Director’s responsibilities.

The formal evaluation shall include written criteria related to the job duties. The Principal/Special Education Director may make comments responding to the formal evaluation.

The formal evaluation shall also include an opportunity for the Principal/Special Education Director and Superintendent to discuss the written criteria, the past year’s performance and the future areas of growth. The evaluation shall be completed by the Superintendent, signed by the Principal/Special Education Director and filed in the Principal’s/Special Education Director’s personnel file.

This policy supports and does not preclude the ongoing informal evaluation of the Principal’s/Special Education Director’s skills, abilities, and competence.

Adopted: December 19, 2001

Statutory & Regulatory References:RSA 189:14-a & b
Littkey v. Winchester School District, 219 NH 626 (1987)
NH Code of Administrative Rules Part 302 Superintendents
NH Code of Administrative Rules Part 304 School Principals

 

Policy Implementation

ASD File: CH
AUBURN SCHOOL DISTRICT
POLICY IMPLEMENTATION

The Administration of the school system in all its aspects shall be delegated to the Superintendent who shall carry out his/her administrative functions in accordance with the policies adopted by the Board. The execution of all decisions made by the Board concerning the internal operation of the school system shall be delegated to the Superintendent.

Adopted: December 19, 2001

Development Of Regulations

ASD File: CHA
AUBURN SCHOOL DISTRICT
DEVELOPMENT OF REGULATIONS

The Auburn School Board may delegate to the Superintendent the function of specifying appropriate actions to carry out board policy.

The Board itself shall adopt administrative regulations when specific state or federal laws and/or regulations require the Board to do so. The Board may also adopt other regulations.

In the development of rules, regulations, and arrangements for the operation of the school system, the Superintendent may include, at the planning stage, those employees who will be affected by such provisions.

Adopted: December 19, 2001

School District Annual Report

ASD File: CM
AUBURN SCHOOL DISTRICT
SCHOOL DISTRICT ANNUAL REPORT

An annual report covering the diversified activities of the school system and the Administration’s recommendations for their improvement shall be prepared by the Superintendent or designee. The report shall be made available to the public and used as one means for informing parents and citizens, the state education agency, and other School Districts in the area of the programs and conditions of the school.

Adopted: December 19, 2001