1000 - Governing Principles

1010 Board Authority and Duties


The board of education is a body corporate and has general control and supervision of all matters pertaining to the public schools of the school system and the authority to enforce the school law. All powers and duties conferred and imposed by law respecting public schools, which are not expressly conferred and imposed upon some other official, are conferred and imposed by law upon the board.

The board will provide a system of schools; establish general policies in keeping with the needs of the community and the requirements of state law; and perform all specific duties imposed by law.  The board considers some of its most significant duties to be the following:

  1. providing leadership and direction through the formulation of goals and objectives, especially in defining and setting high academic standards for student success;
  2. evaluating the educational program to determine the effectiveness with which the schools are achieving the educational purpose of the school system;
  3. creating policies that establish standards, accountability and evaluation of essential operations of the school system;
  4. establishing and maintaining records, accounts, archives, management methods and procedures considered essential to the efficient conduct of school business;
  5. taking steps necessary to help ensure legal compliance of board and school system functions;
  6. performing judicial functions by conducting hearings as appropriate or as required by law regarding decisions of school system personnel or the board;
  7. hiring a superintendent, supporting the superintendent in his or her administration, and evaluating and responding to recommendations made by the superintendent, including recommendations pertaining to the educational program and facility needs;
  8. employing all staff members upon the superintendent’s recommendation and making rules concerning the conduct and duties of personnel;
  9. providing for the planning, expansion, improvement, financing, construction, maintenance, use and disposition of the physical plant of the school system;
  10. considering the budget recommended by the superintendent, presenting the budget to the county commissioners, adopting a budget after evaluating whether the county commissioners' appropriation is sufficient to support a system of free public schools and approving financial reports and audits;
  11. providing for the dissemination of information relating to the schools necessary for creating a well-informed public; and
  12. being an advocate for the school system, for employees and especially for students in all interactions with other governmental entities and the public.
Legal References:
G.S. 115C-36, -40, -44, -47
Cross References:
Monday, 12 March 2012
Last Updated:
Sunday, 08 July 2012