What is a Board of Education?
A school board member in New York State serves as a state official. The board's powers are derived from the state Constitution, laws of New York State, and rulings of the state Commissioner of Education.
As elected representatives, board members ensure that the school remains responsive to the needs of district residents by serving as a link between school and community. The Board of Education establishes official policy and sets goals for the school district. All board decisions follow logically from these goals and objectives. Board decisions can be made only by the board acting as a whole in a public meeting. No individual member may bind the Board of Education to a particular course of action.
Responsibilities of the Board
As the official policy-making body of the school district, the Board of Education has many responsibilities, including...
- Establishing policies for the operation of the school district.
- Determining the district's educational goals and standards.
- Authorizing the development or revision of curricula.
- Evaluating the effectiveness of programs and services.
- Authorizing personnel actions, including the appointment of professional educators.
- upon the superintendent's recommendation.
- Cooperating with school and community stakeholders to develop a budget consistent with educational needs and community resources.
- Representing the views of the community in educational matters.
- Communicating educational programs and needs to the community.
Board of Education Meeting Schedule
Meetings are held in the Board of Education Room located on the first floor of the Arkport Central School.
The Board of Education typically meets on the 2nd Wednesday each month at 7:00 p.m. unless otherwise noted. Work sessions are generally held on the 4th Wednesday of each month at 7:00 p.m. unless otherwise noted. Meeting dates and times for the school year are posted on the district calendar.
The public agenda will be available Monday at noon before the Wednesday meetings.
**It is recommended that you subscribe to the district calendar to receive automatic notifications of any meeting changes.
Etiquette — Rules of Public Address While Attending a BOE Meeting
The Board of Education is a body of school district residents, elected by the community and charged with conducting school-related business. The meetings are conducted under Open Meeting Law, but are not open forums for the community.
On the meeting agenda, there is a time during which the public may address the Board regarding agenda items or other comments or questions. This time is usually shortly after the opening of the meeting.
All comments shall be directed to the President of the Board. If a question is asked, the President shall either respond directly or redirect the question to another member of the Board, to the Superintendent, or to a member of the administrative staff. Spontaneous discussions between a presenter and the audience are not permitted.