The Board of Education is an elected, unpaid group of 10 citizens who act as a single body to set policy and make decisions on educational, financial, and personnel matters for Princeton Public Schools on behalf of all residents. While the Board is legally responsible for school programs and operations, it delegates authority for the district's daily operations to the Superintendent of Schools. Individual Board members may bring any question, concern or suggestion to a Board Committee or full Board Meeting for discussion, but no action can be taken without full Board approval. Individual Board members do not exercise authority over or direct staff.
In general, the following are the most important functions of the Board:
- Setting and maintaining policies that define the district's values and expectations
- Approving the Annual School Budget
- Representing the community's educational philosophy
- Hiring and annual evaluation of the Superintendent
- Supporting and implementing the district's Strategic Plan
For more information about Board operations please see the Bylaws Section of the Board Policies.
Board Member Responsibilities
Responsibilities of Board Members Serving on a School Board, as outlined by the New Jersey School Board Association, includes the fulfillment of certain responsibilities as noted below:
1. Establishing goals for the public schools based on student educational needs, parent and community aspirations, state and federal standards and district financial resources.
2. Developing a philosophy of education that will become the basis for sound decisions that affect the governance of your community's schools.
3. Developing policies to guide the administration in managing the schools; and developing bylaws to direct the board in carrying out its governance responsibilities.
4. Developing a community understanding of educational issues and school policies through the maintenance of effective communications systems.
5. Providing adequate funding through the school budget for the district's present and future needs.
6. Ensuring quality education by providing adequate facilities and equipment.
7. Establishing conditions that enable the administration to recruit and effectively evaluate professional staff.
8. Engaging in board self-evaluation and in-service training programs for the purpose of providing well-informed leadership and sound decision-making.
9. Establishing a process for the board to negotiate in good faith with its employees, while representing community educational goals and financial interests.
10. Abiding by the oath of office for school board members.
Betsy Kalber Baglio
Bagels with the Board
As soon as Bagels with the Board can resume, we will post dates.