Board Governance

The Mequon-Thiensville Board of Education provides oversight that enables the public education system to successfully achieve the ideals and goals set out in the Strategic Plan. The Mequon-Thiensville School District Board of Education utilizes a governance model to achieve the strategic goals of the organization. 

WHAT IS GOVERNANCE?

Governance is the process of providing strategic leadership to a school district in the form of an elected board member. It entails the functions of: 

•  setting a strategic vision, 
•  revising, reviewing and developing policy, 
•  reviewing and approving a budget that is aligned with the strategic plan, 
•  overseeing and monitoring organizational performance, recruiting, hiring and evaluating the superintendent, and 
•  ensuring overall accountability within the school district. 

The Board will assure that all its members have the knowledge, skills and support necessary to carry out excellence in governance, which will be achieved by:

•  training new members and candidates, as well as maintaining and increasing current member skills and knowledge; and
•  engaging in external monitoring that helps the Board to exercise confident control over organizational performance.

School District Roles

PUBLIC AND PARENTS

Primary educator of the child (parents)
Elect School Board members on educational issues
Vote on levy requests


BOARD OF EDUCATION

Hiring, supervision and appraisal for one employee: the superintendent
Development of policies that govern schools and creation of district mission/vision/values
Engagement with the public
Approval of budgets


SUPERINTENDENT OF SCHOOLS

Management and operation of school district through implementation of Board policies


PRINCIPALS AND ADMINISTRATORS

Create school-based plans that align with the district’s operational plans and vision
Support for the superintendent
Implementation of policies and procedures


STAFF

Educate students
Support for superintendent, principals and administration
Implementation of policies and procedures

What does it mean to operate under policy governance?

For a public that may be more familiar with municipal forms of government that manage the day-to-day operations of the organization, school board roles can often be confusing. Simply put, school boards govern rather than manage, appointing a superintendent to oversee and manage district operations. For the Mequon-Thiensville School District, that means following a governance model of leadership that has the administration operating the schools according to the policies and goals set forth by the School Board.

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  • Mequon-Thiensville School District
  • 5000 West Mequon Road Mequon, WI 53092
  • Phone: 262-238-8500 Fax: 262-238-8520