3.3. Delegation to the Superintendent
First Reading: May 18,2021
Adopted: June 1, 2021
Policy Title: 3.3. Delegation to the Superintendent
The board will instruct the Superintendent through written policies that prescribe the organizational Ends to be achieved and describe organizational situations and actions to be avoided, allowing the Superintendent to use any reasonable interpretation of these policies. Accordingly:
- The board will develop policies instructing the Superintendent to achieve specified results for specified recipients at a specified cost. These policies will be developed systematically from the broadest, most general level to more defined levels and will be called Ends policies. All issues that are not Ends issues as defined here are means issues.
- The board will develop policies that limit the latitude the Superintendent may exercise in choosing the organizational means. These policies will be developed systematically from the broadest, most general level to more defined levels, and they will be called Executive Limitations policies. The board will never prescribe organizational means delegated to the Superintendent.
- As long as the Superintendent uses any reasonable interpretation of the board’s Ends and Executive Limitations policies, the Superintendent is authorized to establish all further procedures, make all decisions, take all actions, establish all practices, and pursue all activities. Such decisions of the Superintendent shall have full force and authority as if decided by the board.
- The board may change its Ends and Executive Limitations policies, thereby shifting the boundary between board and Superintendent domains. By doing so, the board changes the latitude of choice given to the Superintendent. But as long as any particular delegation is in place, the board will respect and support the Superintendent’s choices.