What does the school board do?

The school district is governed by the school board, who is elected by the district's registered voters.  The school board is authorized to:

  • Establish policies that direct the school district;
  • Employ and evaluate the superintendent;
  • Negotiated with employee groups to determine salaries and benefits;
  • Approve the annual budget;
  • Authorize elections on bond proposals and other issues;
  • Determine the long-range direction of the district; and
  • Communicate with the community.

It is important to note that the school board does not "run the schools."  The Board hires the administration to run the school.  The school board holds the administration accountable to ensure that the schools are run well.

School Board Meetings:

The regular school board meetings are held on the second Monday of the month in the library at 5:45 PM.  Special meetings are scheduled when needed.  These meetings are open to the public and announced in advance.  The agenda for the meeting will be posted on the schoolhouse entrance at least 24 hours in advance of the meeting.  Meetings are open the public, with the exception of "Executive Session."  Executive sessions can be called for a variety of reasons authorized by SD Law.  The board cannot take action in executive session.

Public Participation at School Board Meetings:

The school board welcomes the citizens of the Garretson School District to attend its meetings so that they may become better acquainted with the operation and programming of the school.  In order to assure that citizens who wish to appear before the school board are heard, and at the same time, conduct meetings efficiently and effectively, the following procedures and policies have bene adopted:

  1. Any individual who desires to speak about an item on the agenda is asked to present the "request to speak" to the superintendent, the business manager or the school board president.
  2.   People who wish to speak about an items that is not on the agenda are asked to present such a request to the superintendent or the school board president prior to the beginning of the meeting.  Persons who present such a request will be allowed to speak about the topic before the meeting has adjourned.  If the topic is a complaint, the individual may be directed to the Board Policy KLD, Public Complaints, and redirected to the administration at the appropriate level.
  3. Citizens who desire school board action on an item not on the agenda shall submit the item to the superintendent's office eat least 10 days prior to the school board meeting at which they wish for the item to be considered.
  4. Presentations should be as brief as possible.  Unless an extension is granted, the speaker shall be limited to 5 minutes.  

The school board vests in its president or other presiding officer authority to terminate the remarks of any individual when they do not adhere to the rules established above.  

Guidelines to Follow for Public Complaints or Questions

Complaints should be resolved as close as possible to where the complaint originates.  Before calling a board member, constituents should lodge their complaint with appropriate school personnel.  General guidelines are as follows:  

  1. Matters concerning individual students should be first addressed with the teacher or the coach.
  2.  Unsettled matters from #1 above or problems and questions concerning individual schools should be directed to the Principal of the school
  3.  Unsettled matters from #2 above or problems and questions concerning the systems should be directed to the superintendent.  
  4.  The school board will consider hearing citizen complaints when they cannot be resolved by the administration.  Constituents need to follow policy KLD, Public Complaints about Personnel or Procedures and must follow the steps outlined in the policy, to include: a written complaint and should be specific in terms of the complaint and the action desired.  

The school board will not consider or act on complaints that have not been explored at the appropriate administrative level.