How Does a School Patron Contact The School Board?
How Does a School Patron Contact the School Board?
It is the proper function of the superintendent and/or other appropriate administrator to deal with administrative matters, while the school board establishes policy. Patron concerns are most successfully addressed at the level where they begin, and may be carried through the appropriate channels if not resolved. For instance, if a parent is concerned about a particular classroom problem, the parent should first schedule a conference with the teacher about the concern. If the parent is not satisfied with the results of this conference, he or she should take the concern to the "next level," such as the principal, then, if necessary, to the next administrative level, then finally, to the superintendent. If this effort does not produce the desired results, and if the board allows a designated time for public comments, then the parent may request to address the board according to local school board policy. School boards must operate under the Open Meeting Act; therefore, the board cannot take action on any requests until a specific item is placed upon the agenda of a subsequent properly-noticed meeting.
School board members can act only as a collective body - they have no policy-making power outside of the school board meeting and cannot take action as individuals. Therefore, it is best for a concerned parent or other patron to "start at the beginning."