The development and maintenance of school district policies is the central job of a school board. The Board must ensure the district not only achieves educational results for students, but does so in a manner that complies with legal requirements and meets community expectations. The Board does this by setting policies that articulate the values and concerns of the Board as trustees of the school district.
Once the Board has spoken in policy, it delegates to the administration the authority to further interpret the policy, which is often done through written procedures. The Board should regularly monitor for policy compliance. If it is important enough to be addressed in policy, it must be monitored.