[LCSD] A Lebanon Weekend, Part #5

A commenter over at LT’s place asks:

What is the official mission statement of Lebanon School Board? When was it approved? Updated?

I went to the LCSD site and found Board Policy BA – Board Goals (PDF)

The Board is responsible to the people for whose benefit the district has been established. Further, the Board’s current decisions will influence the future course of education in the district’s schools. By virtue of this responsibility, the Board and each of its members must look to the future and to the needs of all district citizens. This requires a comprehensive perspective and long-range plan in addition to addressing immediate problems. The Board’s primary responsibility is to establish policies, goals, programs and procedures which will best produce educational achievement. The Board is charged with accomplishing this while also being responsible for wise management of available resources. The Board must fulfill these responsibilities by functioning primarily as a legislative body which formulates and adopts policy, by selecting an executive officer to implement policy and by evaluating the results. Further, it must carry out its functions openly and seek the  involvement of students, staff and the public during its decision-making processes.  [emphasis mine]

In accordance with these principles, the Board, through its operations, will seek to achieve the following goals to:
1. Concentrate the Board’s collective effort on policy-making and planning responsibilities;
2. Formulate Board policies that best serve each student’s educational interests;
3. Provide the superintendent with sufficient and adequate guidelines for implementing Board policies;
4. Maintain effective communication with the students, staff and the public to maintain awareness of attitudes, opinions, desires and ideas;
5. Conduct Board business openly, soliciting and encouraging broad-based involvement of the students, staff and the public in the Board’s decision-making processes.

Setting aside the letter of the policy, does it sound like there are board members who don’t even try to follow these?  It sure does to me… especially that bit I emphasized.  How much you want to bet that Frank Morse is more familar with that block of text (or something like it) than, say, Rick Alexander?

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