About the Board
School Board members are the elected 'governors' of the school district, serving five year terms. The Christina School District Board of Education is the governing body of the District. It establishes policies which are carried out by the administration and the staff of the District. There is a definite line between governing the District and managing its daily activities. Boards are ultimately responsible. However, they employ a professional staff of administrators, led by a superintendent, to manage day-to-day functions.
As the governors of the District, school boards work with their administrators to make decisions and set policies regarding a number of matters, including:
- budget adoption
- curriculum adoption
- fiscal planning and oversight
- employee relations
Cooperation is the key to successful school board governance. Each board member works with the other members of the board and in partnership with the superintendent, who carries out the board's vision and direction. Decision-making authority is vested in the school board as a whole. Individual proposals are adopted only when a majority of the board approves them.
The Christina School District Board of Education consists of seven unsalaried members who are elected for five-year terms. Elections are held in May, with new members taking office in July. The President and Vice-President are then elected by the Board with the Superintendent serving as Executive Secretary.
There are seven electoral areas in the Christina School District. One Board member serves from each area. Electing the Board, however, is done at-large. When an election is held to fill any Board seat, all eligible voters who live within District boundaries can vote during the election regardless of which electoral area they reside in.
School Board meetings are held on the second Tuesday of each month unless otherwise announced. The Board takes action only at public meetings with at least four members present and voting.
There is a specific time set aside on the agenda at every Christina School District Board of Education meeting for public comment. A form is provided at each Board meeting to be filled out by persons wishing to address the Board.