The Board of Education is a representative body elected by the registered voters of the North Kansas
City School District of Clay County. It is the purpose and the role of the Board of Education to
exercise general supervision over the schools of the district, and to ensure that the schools are
maintained as provided by the state statutes, the rules and procedures of the Missouri State Board
of Education and/or the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, and the
policies, rules and procedures of the school district. In addition, the Board is accountable to the
electorate, and shall be responsive to the educational needs and the imposed financial constraints of
the district. In conducting its various functions as the legislative and policy-making authority for the
district, the Board recognizes the following general responsibilities as paramount:
► Legislative and Policy Making -- The Board is responsible for the development of policies,
rules and procedures to serve as guidelines for the general management and administrative
actions of the district. The establishment of the goals and objectives of the school district
and the methods of financial support needed to reach those goals and objectives are a part
of the policy-making function of the Board of Education.
► Executive -- The Board shall employ a superintendent to serve as the chief executive officer
of the district. The Board shall delegate, in writing to the superintendent, the executive and
administrative duties and responsibilities necessary for carrying out its policies, and shall
hold the superintendent accountable.
► Appraisal -- The Board is responsible for evaluating the effectiveness of its policies and their
implementation. The Board shall hold the superintendent responsible for furnishing
complete information necessary for the Board's evaluation of the district's programs.
► Provision of Financial Resources -- The Board is responsible for the adoption of the annual
budget, which will provide financial basis for personnel, facilities, materials and equipment
to enable the district to carry out its educational program.
► Staffing and Appraisal -- The Board is responsible for employing the professional and
support staff necessary for carrying out the district's instructional program. The Board is also
responsible for establishing salary schedules, terms of employment, and other personnel
policies districtwide, and for the regular evaluation of its staff.
► Public Relations -- The Board is responsible for providing adequate and direct means for
keeping the district patrons informed about the schools, and for keeping itself and the school
staff informed about the needs and wishes of the public.
► Educational Planning and Evaluation -- The Board is responsible for establishing
educational goals which will guide both the Board and the staff in working together toward
the continued improvement of the educational programs in the district. It is responsible for
providing for an ongoing evaluation of the school program as measured through the goals
and objectives set forth by the North Kansas City School District Board of Education and by
the Missouri State Board of Education.
► Judicial -- The Board is responsible for acting as a court of appeals for the professional and
support staff members, students, and the district patrons when issues involve Board policies
and their fair implementation.
The Board of Education shall control all aspects of the operations of the district within the limits of
the law. However, the Board will make its members, the district professional and support staff, and
the district patrons aware that the Board has authority to take official action only when it is acting
as a whole. The Board shall be the final authority. No section of the policies, rules and procedures
may be construed to limit the statutory powers of the Board to exercise its own prudent judgment.
* * * * * * *
Note: The reader is encouraged to check the index located at the beginning of this section
for other pertinent policies and to review administrative procedures and/or forms for
Cross Refs: AA, School District Legal Status
Legal Refs: § 171.011, RSMo.
North Kansas City School District, Kansas City, Missouri
Top of Page