Duties of the Board
The School Board is the official governing body of the Westside Community School District and consists of six members elected to staggered six-year terms. Their time commitment is strictly on a volunteer basis.
Board members act to establish policies which govern the school district in a variety of ways. The Board has final control over local school matters limited only by the state legislature, the courts, and the will of the people as expressed in school district elections.
- Establishment of Mission, Goals, and Policy
- Community Leadership in Issues of Education
- Selection of the Superintendent
- Assuring Fiscal Responsibility
- Evaluation of the Educational Program
- School Board Meeting Procedures
The primary function of the Board of Education is the establishment of policies. The District's Strategic Plan is a comprehensive document used to guide and reinforce the mission and goals of the Westside Community Schools. It is reviewed approximately every two years, evaluated, updated, and approved by the Board.
As public officials, the Board consists of individuals who are active and visible members of the community. However, the Board acts officially only as a group. All of the action taken by the Board is accomplished by a majority vote of the quorum present. The meetings are open to the public, so you may observe your School Board in action.
Selection of the Superintendent is perhaps the most important task of the Board. The Superintendent, in turn, is responsible for making recommendations to the Board on all aspects of the educational program, including staffing, curriculum, facilities, and acquisition of instructional materials and equipment.
Approval of a sound budget, with the goal of balancing educational needs with financial reality, is a major function of the Board. One of the Board's top priorities is to maintain reasonable property taxes without sacrificing our outstanding educational programs. Offering the best possible education to all students is our first concern.
The Board continually evaluates the District's educational program. Curriculum Board meetings on the third Monday of each month are devoted to presentations on various aspects of curriculum. The Board frequently reviews results of program evaluations.
School Board Meeting Procedures
Board meetings are generally held on the first and third Mondays of each month at 6:30 p.m. at the Administration Building, 909 South 76 Street. Occasionally a holiday or schedule conflict may alter this schedule. The Regular Board meeting is usually held on the first Monday of the month. Curriculum Board meetings are typically held on the third Monday of the month. All meetings are open to the public. Special meetings may be called and will always be posted. State law permits the Board to go into "executive session" only to discuss property acquisition, personnel issues, security matters, or to consult with attorneys. No vote on any item may be taken in executive session. Board agendas are available at the Administration Building by 5 p.m. the day of the meeting. Local news media are notified of every meeting.