Policy development is a key responsibility of the Board. Policies constitute the will of the Board in determining how the Division will be operated and communicate the Board’s values, beliefs and expectations. Policies provide effective direction and guidelines for the action of the Board, Superintendent, staff, students, electors and other agencies. Policies also serve as sources of information and guidelines to all who may be interested in or connected with the operation of the Division. Adoption of new Board policies or revision of existing policies is solely the responsibility of the Board.
The Board shall be guided in its approach to policy making by ensuring adherence to the requirements necessary to provide for a wide range of cultural, linguistic, and religious diversity in education and compliance with the Education Act as well as provincial and federal legislation.
Board policies shall provide an appropriate balance between the responsibility of the Board to develop the broad guidelines to guide the Division and the opportunity for the Superintendent to exercise professional judgment in the administration of the Division.
The Board shall adhere to the following stages in its approach to policy making:
The Board, with the support if the Superintendent, shall assess the need for a policy, as a result of its own monitoring activities or on the suggestion of others, and identify the critical attributes of each policy to be developed. Stakeholder engagement will be determined by the Board.
The Board may develop the policy itself or delegate the responsibility for its development to Superintendent.
The Board is responsible for the implementation of policies governing its own processes. The Board and Superintendent share the responsibility for implementation of policies relating to the Board-Superintendent relationship. The Superintendent is responsible for the implementation of the other policies.
The Board, in cooperation with the Superintendent, shall review policies annually.
- The Policy Committee, in conjunction with the Superintendent, when developing Board policy shall consider:
- Direction from the Board
- Analysis of research
- When appropriate, the Superintendent shall seek legal advice on the intent and wording of the policy.
- Only those policies that are adopted and recorded in the minutes constitute the official policies of the Board.
- In the absence of existing policy, the Board may make decisions, by resolution, on matters affecting the administration, management, and operation of the Division. Such decisions carry the weight of policy until such time as specific written policy is developed.
- The Board may request the Superintendent to change an administrative procedure to a draft Board policy and will provide the rationale for same.
- The Superintendent shall develop administrative procedures as specified in Board Policy 11: Delegation of Authority as deemed necessary for the effective operation of the Division. These must be in accordance with Board policies.
- The Board may also delete a policy and subsequently delegate the Superintendent authority over this area.
- The Superintendent must inform the Board of changes to administrative procedures. The Superintendent shall arrange for all Board policies and administrative procedures and subsequent revisions to be posted on the Division’s website, in a timely manner, for staff and public access.
Sections 52, 52, 222 Education Act
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