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Executive Summary

The Morton School District Board of Directors is formulating new policies designed to focus the district’s attention on student achievement results. The board will establish Ends policies that clearly delineate what students should know, understand, and be able to do upon exiting our schools. The board will also designate performance goals for schools and the district to work toward. These goals will be stated in terms of increased student achievement.

The board’s policies fall into four categories:

  1. Ends – What Morton School District graduates should know, understand, and be able to do.
  2. Governance Process – How the board will conduct its business. Specifically, the Governance Process policies call on the board to focus on strategic leadership, establishing vision and specifying desired results, rather than on administrative detail.
  3. Board/Superintendent Relations – These policies clarify the relationship between the board and the superintendent. The board delegates the day-to-day operations of the school district to the superintendent. The superintendent will be held accountable for leading the district’s personnel in moving toward accomplishment of the board’s identified Ends results while at the same time working within the framework established by the board. The board will monitor the district’s compliance with various policies throughout each year.
  4. Executive Limitations – Executive Limitations define the framework within which the superintendent and staff are to work. The superintendent is expected to devote her/his time to moving the district toward accomplishment of the Ends policies. S/he is authorized to make decisions and take actions within the framework provided by the board.

Table of Contents

I. Ends
E1
District Vision
E2
District Mission
E3
Strategic Goals
E4
Contributing Citizens
II. Governance Process
GP1
Governance Commitment and Purpose
GP2
Governing Style
GP3
Board Job Description
GP4
Monitoring Board Governance Process & Board-Staff
GP5
Chair’s Role
GP6
Board Advisory Committee Principles
GP7
Advisory Committee Structure
GP8
Agenda Planning
GP8E
Annual Board Agenda
GP8E1
Three-Year Linkage Plan
GP9
Board Members’ Code of Conduct
GP10
Board Members’ Covenants
GP11
Board Members’ Conflict of Interest
GP12
Board Member Compensation and Expenses
GP13
Process for Addressing Board Member Violations
GP14
Memorialization of Facilities
III. Board/Superintendent Relations
BSR1
Board/Superintendent Connection
BSR2
The Board Acts as a Unit
BSR3
Accountability of the Superintendent
BSR4
Delegation to the Superintendent
BSR5
Monitoring Superintendent Performance
IV. Executive Limitations
EL1
Visionary Leadership – Advancing the District-Wide Vision for Learning
EL1M
Monitoring EL1
EL2
Instructional Leadership – Putting Student Learning at the Center
EL2M
Monitoring EL2
EL3
Instructional Leadership – Evaluation and Professional Development
EL3M
Monitoring EL3
EL4
Effective Management – Effectively and Efficiently Manage District Operations
EL4M
Monitoring EL4
EL5
Effective Management – Create a Safe and Humane Organizational Environment
EL5M
Monitoring EL5
EL6
Inclusive Practice – Collaborating with Families and Community Members
EL6M
Monitoring EL6
EL7
Inclusive Practice – Collaborating with and Responding to Diverse Communities
EL7M
Monitoring EL7
EL8
Ethical Leadership – Acting with Integrity, Fairness, and Courage in Upholding High Ethical Standards
EL8M
Monitoring EL8
EL9
Socio-Political Context – Understand and Influence the District’s Environment
EL9M
Monitoring EL9
EL10
Socio-Political Context – Work Effectively with the School District’s Board of Directors
EL10M
Monitoring EL10