Diocesan Board of Education
Diocese of Belleville
A CONSULTATIVE BOARD – HIGH SCHOOL
All high school boards of education in the Diocese of Belleville are consultative boards. A consultative board is established by the Bishop of Belleville, represented by the Director of the Office of Education to assist him in the governance of the school’s education programs. Governance is divided into two parts: policy and administration. The board's responsibilities are in policy matters; they are not responsible for administration or the details of administration.
The administration of the education programs is the responsibility of the Principal and a team designated by the principal. The principal is chief administrator of the school and maintains complete administrative responsibilities and delegates as needed to other school administrators/leaders. The Bishop, through the Director of Education, is the employer of the principal, who hires, supervises and evaluates. The Principal, with the authority delegated as specified in the employment contract or job description, is responsible for the operation of the education program. This responsibility includes the employment, supervision, and evaluation of staff, the establishment of education programming, and the evaluation and management of student behavior.
The establishment of policy is accomplished through the activity of the board. The board is composed of the administrative team and the members. When the board meets (administrative team and members) and agrees on a policy matter, the decision is effective and binding on all as long as the local policy is not in conflict with diocesan policy and is ratified by the Bishop. The board is consultative in the following sense: the members cannot act apart from the administrative team and cannot make decisions binding for the High School education program without the support of the administrative team.
This kind of activity suggests a consensus model of decision making. The principal is to participate with the board in deliberations on policy matters. When disagreements between the principal and the board arise, attempts should be made to resolve them before the board reaches a conclusion. In this way, the principal and/or the Bishop represented by the Director of Education is not placed in the position of having to negate board action; but rather is able, through participation of the principal, to enact board action.
The board has responsibilities in the following areas:
- Planning (establishing a mission statement, goals, future plans)
- Policy Development (formulating policies which give general direction for administrative action)
- Financing (developing plans/means to finance the educational programsincluding tuition and development, endowment growth, annual fund and fund-raising planning, to allocate resources according to a budget, to monitor those plans)
- Public Relations/Marketing/Enrollment Planning (Communicating with various publics about the programs and listening to their needs and concerns, recruiting students and promoting/marketing the education programs)
- Evaluation (determining whether goals and plans are being met--not evaluating individual staff members, administrators or students--and determining the board's own effectiveness)
ADOPTED: September 24, 2013
The Most Reverend Edward K. Braxton
Bishop of Belleville