With all of this talk about Performance Management I thought it would be a good time to review the Performance of the Board Directors and the Board as a whole. I know that the Board does their own self-assessment, but I can't find it. Besides, it is impossible for anyone to hold themselves accountable. I simply have no faith in self-policing.
For accountability purposes we need some objectively measurable outcomes for the Board job.
The Board job, as I have often written, has three components.
First is to serve as the elected representatives of the public. This includes:
A. Representing the public's interest
B. Representing the public's perspective
C. Advocating for the public's perspective
D. Advocating for community engagement
E. Providing community engagement
Second, the Board is supposed to oversee the management of the District, to supervise the Superintendent. In that role they should:
A. Confirm that the Superintendent's decisions comply with state and federal law
B. Confirm that the Superintendent's decisions comply with Board Policy
C. Confirm that the Superintendent's decisions are based on data and sound rationale
Third, the Board is supposed to serve as a Policymaking body. In that role they should:
A. Direct the budget policy of the District
B. Direct the academic policy of the District
C. Make sound decisions regarding the District's property
D. Carefully review the recommendations brought before them for action and make their decisions based on data and sound rationale
Have I left out any elements of the job?
Next comes metrics, assessments and benchmarks.