Public education is a function of the State of Missouri as expressed in the Missouri Constitution, in
the state statutes, and in federal and state court decisions. The Constitution provides for the
establishment of a State Board of Education, which has general supervision of the public schools in
the state. In providing for a system of free public education in the State of Missouri, the state also
delegates certain responsibilities to local school districts.
Each district is governed by a Board of Education, which is elected locally and derives its power and
authority from the state statutes. The Board is mindful, however, that the people of the Webster
Groves School District are the ultimate governors of public education in the district, and that the
Board is directly accountable to the people through the elective process. The Board also believes
that this accountability is a shared responsibility involving district students, professional and support
staff employees, the superintendent of schools and the people themselves.
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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: KC, Community Involvement in Decision Making
Legal Refs: Mo. Const., Art. IX, § 1 (a)
§§ 160.011 - 171.011, RSMo.
Webster Groves School District, St. Louis, Missouri
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