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School Board Leadership Document

School Board Leadership is provided as a public service by the California School Boards Association. It provides answers to frequently asked questions about school board service. In particular, it may assist those:
• seeking a better understanding of school board members’ responsibilities;
• seeking a better understanding of how public schools are overseen by school boards acting on behalf of the public;
• considering whom to encourage to run for the school board;
• considering whom to vote for in a school board election; or
• considering whether to run for the school board themselves.

GESD Board of Trustees

School Board Trustees

Kevin Gardner, President

Peggy Einsele, Clerk

Christy Stonier

Frank Ward

Chuck Cash

 

GESD School Board's Mission

As Grenada Elementary School District's Board, we are united as one in serving the best interest of every student from kindergarten through 8th grade.  We believe for each child to receive a quality education, we must provide for them a safe and respectable environment in each classroom so each student is given the opportunity to excel academically and socially.  It is our desire for every student to become self confident individuals who are able to set higher goals for themselves and learn to respect others as unique individuals in doing so.

We believe, in obtaining this goal, we need to provide top quality educators in each classroom who will serve with us in providing each student with a quality education and inspire each person to reach beyond themselves both academically and socially.  We understand the need to support our teachers and embrace continuing education for them.   We understand different teaching styles help our students grow and support and encourage our staff to work together in achieving better education for each student.  We strive to keep communication open at every level so we may grow as they do and become united in our continual mission to bring better education to our school district.

We understand a vital part of our school and obtaining our goals is our support staff.  We understand not every student in every classroom is at the same level and strive to offer our students and teachers with support staff so every student is given the opportunity to excel both academically and socially.  We strongly believe dealing with social issues at every grade level helps to provide a setting so each student has the opportunity to achieve their academic goals.  
 
We believe a structured classroom is important for this achievement and fully support a discipline policy that allows for each student to be in a classroom setting which will provide for them the utmost learning environment. 
 
We believe parents play a vital role in their student’s education and embrace an active relationship with parents to provide a better education for their child.  We recognize the important role of our parents and our community as a support system in obtaining our goals in being a successful school.  We feel it to be important for our students to learn also to give back to their community that supports them. 
 
 
We support extracurricular activities that further enhance each student both physically and mentally.  We support coaches who teach each student skills of the sport, self confidence, team play, and supports the academic achievement of each athlete.  We recognize sports as another opportunity for each student to be mentored outside of the classroom.   We believe sports to be an excellent option to teach discipline, dedication, and determination.  We believe in training each athlete to represent our school and community in every competition.  Just as our goal in academics is to achieve excellence, we also want to continue this goal in sports as we set forth to have a positive impact on students lives.
 
We will keep every goal in mind as we set forth to make financial decisions that impact the vitality of our school.  We will always keep our mission in the fore front of all decisions.  We believe communication at every level is vital in making good and sound decisions, as we strive together to continually bring the highest quality of education to each student.

Roles and Responsibilities

 

What is the school board’s role and what are its responsibilities?
The role of the board is to be responsive to the values, beliefs and priorities of its community. The board fulfills this role by performing five major responsibilities:
1.  Setting the direction for the community’s schools
Of all the responsibilities of governing boards, none is more central to the purpose of local governance than ensuring that a long-term vision is established for the school system. The vision reflects the consensus of the entire board, the superintendent and district staff, and the community as to what the students need in order to achieve their highest potential. The vision should set a clear direction for the school district, driving every aspect of the district’s program.
2.  Establishing an effective and efficient structure for the school district
The board is responsible for establishing and maintaining an organizational structure that supports the district’s vision and empowers the professional staff. Although the board doesn’t implement policies or programs, the board is responsible for:
• employing the superintendent and setting policy for hiring other personnel;
• overseeing the development of and adopting policies;
• setting a direction for and adopting the curriculum;
• establishing budget priorities, adopting the budget and overseeing facilities issues; and
• providing direction for and adopting collective bargaining agreements.
3.  Providing support through its behavior and actions,

The board has a responsibility to support the superintendent and staff as they carry out the direction of the board. This involves:
• acting with a professional demeanor that models the district’s beliefs and vision;
• making decisions and providing resources that support mutually agreed upon priorities and goals;
• upholding district policies the board has approved;
• ensuring a positive personnel climate exists; and
• being knowledgeable enough about district efforts to explain them to the public.
4.  Ensuring accountability to the public as community representatives

The board is accountable to the public for the performance of the community’s schools. The board establishes systems and processes to monitor results, evaluates the school system’s progress toward accomplishing the district’s vision and communicates that progress to the local community. In order to ensure personnel, program and fiscal accountability, the board is responsible for:
• evaluating the superintendent and setting policy for the evaluation of other personnel;
• monitoring, reviewing and revising policies;
• serving as a judicial and appeals body;
• monitoring student achievement and program effectiveness and requiring program changes as indicated;
• monitoring and adjusting district finances;
• monitoring the collective bargaining process; and
• evaluating its own effectiveness through board self-evaluation.
5.  Acting as community leaders
The board has a responsibility to involve the community in appropriate, meaningful ways and to communicate clear information to the community about district policies, educational programs, fiscal condition and progress on goals. As the only locally elected officials chosen solely to represent the interests of schoolchildren, board members also have a responsibility to speak out on behalf of those children. Board members are advocates for
students, the districts’ educational programs and public education. They build support within their communities and at the state and national levels.

These five responsibilities represent the functions that are so fundamental to a school system’s accountability to the public that, in our democratic society, they can only be performed by an elected governing body. Authority for these roles is granted to the board as a whole. Therefore, board members fulfill these roles by working together as a governance team with the superintendent to make decisions that will best serve all the students in the community. The California School Boards Association offers a variety of resources that provide further information about these critical roles.