2:20 - Powers and Duties of The Board of Education

Policy 2:20

Board of Education

Powers and Duties of The Board of Education

The Board’s powers and duties include the broad authority to adopt and enforce all necessary policies for the management and governance of public schools and generally include:

  1. Formulating, adopting, and modifying District policies, at its sole discretion, subject only to mandatory collective bargaining agreements and State and federal law;
  2. Employing a superintendent and other personnel, making employment decisions, dismissing personnel, and establishing an equal employment opportunity policy that prohibits unlawful discrimination;
  3. Approving the annual budget, tax levies, major expenditures, payment of obligations, annual audit, and other aspects of the District’s financial operation; and making available a statement of financial affairs as provided in State law;
  4. Entering contracts utilizing the public bidding procedure when required;
  5. Providing, constructing, controlling, and maintaining adequate physical facilities;
  6. Approving the curriculum, educational materials and educational services;
  7. Evaluating the educational program and approving School Improvement and District Improvement Plans as legally required, as well as School/District Implementation Plans;
  8. Establishing and supporting student discipline policies to maintain an environment conducive to learning, as well as deciding individual student expulsion and suspension appeal cases brought before it;
  9. Establishing attendance units within the District and assigning students to the schools;
  10. Establishing the school year;
  11. Maintaining the public schools under their jurisdiction;
  12. Providing student transportation services pursuant to State law;
  13. Entering into joint agreements with other boards to establish cooperative educational programs or provide educational facilities;
  14. Communicating the schools’ activities and operations to the community and representing the needs and desires of the community in educational matters;
  15. Complying with requirements in the Abused and Neglected Child Reporting Act. Specifically, each individual member of the Board of Education must, if an allegation is raised to the member during an open or closed Board of Education meeting that a student is an abused child as defined in the Act, direct or cause the Board to direct the Superintendent or other equivalent school administrator to comply with the Act’s requirements concerning the reporting of child abuse;
  16. Organizing the Board annually by electing officers, if needed, and establishing its regular meeting schedule and, thereafter, taking action during lawfully called meetings to faithfully fulfill the Board’s responsibilities in accordance with State and federal law;
  17. Directing, through policy, the Superintendent, in his or her charge of the District’s administration;
  18. Presenting the District report card and School report card(s) to parents/guardians and the community; these documents report District, School, and student performance;


To the extent allowed by law, the Board shall defend, indemnify, and hold harmless members of the Board of Education, employees, volunteer personnel (pursuant to 105ILCS 5/10-22.34, 10-22.34a and 10-22.34b), mentors of certified staff (pursuant to 105 ILCS 5/2-3.5a, 2-3.53b, and 105 ILCS 5/21A-5 et. seq.), and student teachers who, in the course of discharging their official duties imposed or authorized by law, are sued as parties in a legal proceeding. Nothing herein, however, shall be construed as obligating the Board to defend, indemnify, or hold harmless any person who engages in criminal activity, official misconduct, fraud, intentional or willful and wanton misconduct, or acts beyond the authority properly vested in the individual.

Adopted: November 8, 1999
Revised: February 20, 2007; November 16, 2015; June 27, 2016

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