Have you ever wondered about the role of a school board member in a school district? What are their responsibilities? What kinds of qualifications do they need? How are they elected, and for how long? Who are the current board members for South Lane School District and what interested them in the position?
Generally speaking, the school board is responsible for the conduct and governance of schools. What does that mean? More specifically, they are responsible for establishing the rules (board policies) that govern the schools consistent with state and federal laws. They are also the communication body between the public and the schools. The Board keeps informed about the needs and wishes of the public, and keeps local citizens informed about the schools. The School Board hires the superintendent, and is responsible for evaluating the superintendent’s performance on an annual basis. The Board authorizes, appropriates and approves a budget each year. The registered voters elect them for four year terms. In South Lane School District they are elected by positions, which are all 'at large' and do not have any residency requirements other than living within the South Lane School District Boundaries.
To qualify as a board member, a person must be at least 18 years of age, be a registered voter 20 days preceding any election, and have been a resident of the district for one year prior to the election or appointment. A board member cannot be an employee of the school district.
So, that is the technical side of what board members do, however, in South Lane they do so much more! They are parents and grandparents, they volunteer in classrooms, they save people’s lives, they teach adults, they sell real estate, they are local Rotarians, they share the great work you all do throughout the state, they attend activities and events, and they volunteer several hundred hours of their own time each year to serve as a school board member.