Board of Education
Welcome to the Webster CSD Board of Education webpage! We are always seeking ways to make clear to the community we serve what it is boards of education and their members do, and how roles and responsibilities are very clearly defined in order to create guidelines and expectations for all involved.
In recent weeks and months, and in response to the confusion created by the pandemic, we thought it would be helpful to clarify these important points. The information we share, and contribute to, is due to the collaborative relationship that exists between our board and the Monroe County School Boards Association.
We know that a proliferation of information has contributed to confusion and frustration, and we encourage people to refrain from taking social media at face value. Social media misconceptions often do not contain explanation or fact, and misleading information can be damaging to local communities.
Answering some key questions is a good start* (please click on the question to see the extended answer):
The board of education is the governing body of the school district and is entrusted with the responsibility of developing policies under which the district is managed. Their powers and duties are very specific.
The board, like other elected officials, represents the entire community without reward within the limitations of federal and state laws and the regulations of the commissioner of education and interpretations of them.
Board of education members are the ONLY elected officials that are required to attend six hours of governance and six hours of financial oversight training in their first year in office.
Candidates must meet all the following eligibility requirements.
The New York State Constitution places the responsibility for public education on the state legislature and establishes the New York State Education Department (NYSED), headed by the commissioner of education for general supervision over the schools within the state.
The governor took more direct oversight of schools through Executive Orders, enacted to respond to the “Disaster Emergency” caused by the pandemic. They have the full force of law and school board members and school district superintendents must comply.
A question that comes up at new board member training is why do boards always seem to vote unanimously in favor of the proposals generated by district superintendents.
The separation of boards and superintendents is likewise very well defined and is a relationship grounded in trust and respect.
It is our most sincere belief that we not only fulfill all of the above but do so rigorously and with integrity.
Webster CSD BOE
* Some information taken from Monroe County School Boards Association’s “Talking Points: Board of Education Leadership and Talking Points”.