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Board of Trustees-Structure and Operation

Board of Trustees: Structure and Operation

It is the purpose of this page to show you how your Board of Trustees is structured and how it operates. Popular control of public education is one of the cornerstones of a free society. The people exercise that control through their Board of Trustees. 

Board Meetings: The Board of Trustees meets regularly on the second Tuesday of each month in the boardroom at 1404 E Homedale Rd Caldwell, Id 83687, unless otherwise specified to meet at one of the school buildings. In the case of a special meeting, public notice is made in advance of the date and place, and is posted at the entry of the District Office, Vallivue Board Room, District website. 

Board Meeting Protocol: Meetings of the Board of Trustees follow a standard agenda. Following approval of minutes and other items on the consent agenda, the Board proceeds to other items of business. This normally includes old business, new business, reports, policy review, and items of information. There is a sign-in sheet available for visitors. 

Public participation will be permitted only as indicated on the order of business as set forth in the Board’s agenda, or as determined appropriate by the chairperson. Please see policy 262 for additional information.

Board Actions: The Board of Trustees has complete and final control over local school matters subject only to limitation imposed by federal or state law and applicable regulations of the State Board of Education. To discharge these various responsibilities, the Board often calls on the consultative resources available in the community and in the professional staffs of the schools.

Areas of Board action include:

  • exercising educational leadership and drafting policies for the operation of the schools

  • employing and evaluating the Superintendent of Schools

  • authorizing the appointment of teachers and other staff members

  • determining educational goals and objectives

  • authorizing curriculum development and revision

  • securing funding for school operational needs and building programs and authorizing specific expenditures

  • expressing and representing the views of the community in matters affecting education

  • interpreting the educational program and needs to the community

Charges, Complaints or Challenges: At a public meeting of the Board of Trustees, no person should orally initiate personal charges or complaints against individual employees of the district. Any charges, complaints or challenges should be registered first with the appropriate building principal or district administrator. The resolution of such action will be handled consistent with district policy #1012. All such charges, if presented to the board directly, shall be referred to the superintendent for investigation and report.