School Board Policy..What’s All of the Huh Bub!
The sounds of students have filled our halls for some six weeks now. That seems difficult to believe. I so enjoy seeing and hearing the excitement and happiness in especially the youngest students. They are delightful and heartwarming. The commitment and passion of everyone, staff, parents and community, to provide the best education possible for our students is so appreciated. As I continue to learn about our district it is a resounding common thread that binds us.
One of my goals this year is to ensure that board policy is brought back into the cycle of being reviewed at least once every five years. This goal will also require significant time and commitment of our board. Why this for a goal?
In the world of school boards and school administration, board policy is seen as both our friend and our foe. Friend, as it provides the structure and clarity necessary for the effective management of the district; foe as it is seemingly never done and often finds it’s way to a back burner.
The Iowa Association of School Board (IASB) captures policy’s purpose and value well in stating, “One of a school board’s main roles is to develop and adopt policy which clarifies the board’s intent for district direction, guides the administration and ensures compliance to state and federal laws.” Board policy is the structure by which school boards establish expectations of equitability and access for everyone while also promoting the defined autonomy necessary for innovation within the system. It serves as the key source for board decisions, for public understanding and finally, for internal accountability. Read more
Notice of Nondiscrimination: It is the policy of the West Burlington Independent School District not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, religion, creed, age (for employment), marital status (for programs), sexual orientation, gender identity and socioeconomic status (for programs) in its educational programs and its employment practices. There is a grievance procedure for processing complaints of discrimination. If you have questions or a grievance related to this policy please contact Equity Coordinator, 607 Ramsey St., (319) 752-8747, Equity.Coordinator@wbschools.us.