Board of Education - FAQ's
What is a School Board?
The Board of Education is elected by the community to govern the school district.
The Board is comprised of seven members. In general, Board members are elected to 4-year terms of office.
The Herscher Community Unit School District #2 is a member of the Illinois Association of School Boards (IASB). The IASB outlines the following as duties of a school board.
A school board is a governmental body with the responsibility of providing educational programs for children. The board members are state officials who live within school district boundaries and are elected to serve four-year terms.
What do School Boards do?
The most important thing a school board does is to establish a vision for the district that reflects a consensus of the board, community and district staff. The school board has a wide variety of additional responsibilities, such as adopting a balanced annual budget and issuing interim financial reports, adopting the school calendar, negotiating contracts with employee unions, approving curriculum materials and closing or constructing schools.
The Board clarifies the District's purpose.
The Board connects with the Community.
The Board employs a Superintendent.
The Board delegates authority.
The Board monitors performance.
The Board takes responsibility for itself.
Is the Superintendent a Board Member?
The Superintendent is a professional educator employed by the Board to carry out adopted policies and be responsible for the day-to-day operation of the district. The Superintendent must implement the vision established by the school board within the district.