SUPERINTENDENT OF SCHOOLS
The Superintendent is the chief executive officer of the District. He or she is responsible for carrying out the policy of the Board and for keeping it informed of matters which should be weighed by the Board in reaching decisions. He or she is responsible to the Board in his or her stewardship of the entire school system.
The Superintendent will have the specific powers and duties discussed below and will be directly responsible to the Board for their proper exercise. As chief executive officer of the District, he or she will:
a) Attend all regular, special, and work meetings of the Board except that the Superintendent may be excluded when his or her employment contract or performance is discussed in executive session;
b) Administer all policies and enforce all rules and regulations of the Board;
c) Review the local school situation and recommend to the Board areas in which new policies seem to be needed;
d) Organize, administer, evaluate, and supervise the programs and personnel of all school departments, instructional and non-instructional;
e) Recommend to the Board the appointment of all instructional and support personnel;
f) Prepare and recommend to the Board the annual District budget in accordance with the format and development plan specified by the Board;
g) Advise the public about the activities and needs of the schools through his or her written and spoken statements, and will be responsible for all news releases emanating from the local schools;
h) Create all salary scales and administer the salary plan approved by the Board. Some of these salary scales will be developed within staff contracts negotiated under the provisions of the Taylor Law;
i) Determine the need and make plans for plant expansion and renovation;
j) Recommend for hire, evaluate, promote, and dismiss all professional and non-professional staff personnel;
k) Prepare or supervise the preparation of the teacher’s handbook, staff bulletins, and all other District-wide staff materials;
l) Plan and coordinate the recruitment of teachers and other staff to assure the District of the best available personnel;
m) Plan and conduct a program of supervision of teaching staff that will have as its goal the improvement of instruction, and, at the same time, will assure that only the teachers found to have a high degree of competence will be recommended for tenure;
n) Distinguish for all concerned between the areas of policy decisions appropriate to the Board and management decisions appropriate to the District’s administrative personnel;
o) Transfer personnel when necessary and/or desirable to promote optimal effectiveness. Any such personnel transfers will be made in accordance with appropriate guidelines established by state laws, District policies and negotiated contracts; and
p) Submit data from the School Report Card and/or other such reports of student/District performance as prescribed by and in accordance with requirements of the Commissioner of Education.
Education Law Sections 1711, 2508 and 3003
8 New York Code of Rules and Regulations (NYCRR) Section 100.2(m)
ASSISTANT SUPERINTENDENT, DIRECTORS, PRINCIPALS, ASSISTANT PRINCIPALS AND DEPARTMENT CHAIRPERSONS/ACADEMIC DEPARTMENT CHAIRPERSONS
The Assistant Superintendent for Administrative Services will be responsible for all phases of the District’s business activity, as set forth in Section 5000 of the Policy Manual, and will report directly to the Superintendent. The Assistant Superintendent for Instructional Services will be responsible for all phases of the District’s instructional activities and will also report directly to the Superintendent.
The Directors report directly to the appropriate Assistant Superintendent and serve in areas of special responsibility in planning, coordinating, supervising, and directing the whole system as a unified enterprise under the direction of the Superintendent.
The building principals are the educational executives of the school centers. They have the responsibility for executing Board policies in the schools. They are directly responsible to the Assistant Superintendent for Instructional Services.
Principals will be employed in the District’s schools. The assistant principal is responsible for all duties assigned to him or her by the building principal and will report directly to the principal.
Department Chairpersons/Academic Department Chairpersons
Department Chairpersons/Academic Department Chairpersons are staff officers who will have various ranges of responsibilities as indicated by their respective titles and job descriptions. They are directly responsible to the Assistant Superintendent for Instructional Services.
SUPERINTENDENT – BOARD OF EDUCATION RELATIONS
The Board is accountable for all pursuits, achievements and duties of the District. The Board’s specific role is to deliberate and to establish policies for the District. The Board delegates the necessary authority to the Superintendent who, acting as chief executive officer of the District, is held accountable to the Board for compliance with its policies.
a) With respect to District goals and objectives, the Board will establish broad guidelines to be observed in the development of further policy and action. The Board reserves the right to issue either restrictive or general policy statements.
b) Generally, the Superintendent will be empowered to assign and use resources; employ, promote, discipline and deploy staff; to translate policies of the Board into action; to speak as agent of the Board; to organize and delegate administrative responsibilities; and to exercise such other powers as are customary for chief executives.
c) The Superintendent may not perform, cause, or allow to be performed any act that is unlawful, in violation of commonly accepted business and professional ethics; in violation of any contract into which the Board has entered; or, in violation of policies adopted by the Board that limit the Superintendent’s authority.
d) Should the Superintendent or designee consider it unwise or impractical to comply with an explicit Board policy, the Superintendent will inform the Board of that determination. The Board will decide whether such judgment was warranted.