• Pennsylvania School Boards Association (PSBA)

    Principles for Governance and Leadership



  • Pennsylvania school boards are committed to providing every student the opportunity to grow and achieve. The actions taken by the board ultimately have both short and long-term impact in the classroom and schools. To learn more about the role of a school board director, please click here

  • Advocate Earnestly

    • Promote public education as a keystone of democracy
    • Engage the community by seeking input, building support networks, and generating action
    • Champion public education by engaging members of local, state and federal legislative bodies

    Lead Responsibly

    • Prepare for, attend and actively participate in board meetings
    • Work together in a spirit of harmony, respect and cooperation
    • Participate in professional development, training and board retreats
    • Collaborate with the Superintendent as the Team of 10

    Govern Effectively

    • Adhere to an established set of rules and procedures for board operations
    • Develop, adopt, revise and review policy
    • Align decisions to policy
    • Differentiate between governance and management, delegating management tasks to administration
    • Allocate finances and resources
    • Ensure compliance with local, state and federal laws

    Plan Thoughtfully

    • Adopt and implement a collaborative comprehensive planning process, including regular reviews
    • Set annual goals that are aligned with the comprehensive plan
    • Develop a financial plan that anticipates both short and long-term needs
    • Formulate a master facilities plan conducive to teaching and learning

    Evaluate Continuously

    • Utilize appropriate data to make informed decisions
    • Use effective practices for the evaluation of the superintendent
    • Assess student growth and achievement
    • Review effectiveness of the comprehensive plan

    Communicate Clearly

    • Promote open, honest and respectful dialogue among the board, staff and community
    • Encourage input and support for the district from the school community
    • Protect confidentiality
    • Honor the sanctity of executive session

    Act Ethically

    • Never use the position for improper benefit to self or others
    • Act to avoid actual or perceived conflicts of interest
    • Recognize the absence of authority outside of the collective board
    • Respect the role, authority and input of the superintendent
    • Balance the responsibility to provide educational programs with being stewards of community resources
    • Abide by the majority decision

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