Tapping Primary School Board
The role of School Board is one of setting the long term future for the school and maintaining oversight (not management) of the school’s operation. It is not about running the school â€“ that is the job of the principal. It is about providing additional expertise to help the school achieve the best outcomes for the students.
An Independent Public School Board will operate with functions consistent with the legislative role of school councils.
The Responsibilities of an Independent Public School Board are to:
- work within the Department of Educationâ€™s relevant legislation and regulations;
- contribute to the School Delivery and Performance Agreement and the Business Plan. (These documents summarise what the school wants to achieve in the future and how it plans to get there; the agreement will be signed off by the chair of the Board, Principal and Director General);
- endorse and review the annual budget (the budget summarises the income received annually from the Department of Education and other sources; It also lists planned expenditure, including salaries);
- assist with the formulation of codes of conduct (guiding principles designed to influence decisions and actions that the school takes);
- review the performance of the school;
- create interest in the school within and across the community;
- assist with principal selection when a vacancy arises (the chair of the School Board will be a member of the selection panel);
- approve fees, charges, contributions and items of personal use (booklists);
- approve extra cost optional components of programs;
- approve arrangements for sponsorship and advertising.
- liaise with other committees within the school e.g. the P& C;
- hold one open meeting each year to report to the school community; and
- provide advice to the principal on religious education and related activities.
- The School Board can have five to 15 members
- Board members are elected for a MAXIMUM OF THREE YEARS.
- Parents, staff and students (if applicable) are elected.
- Business, industry and community members are appointed.
- Other persons, such as students, the school registrar, the shire council president, or someone with particular expertise, can be co-opted to the board for a pre-determined period of time.
The maximum length of a term is three years, but a person can be nominated for a further three-year period
or for as many three year periods as he/she wishes to be involved. The school board meets once a term.