The role of the School Board is outlined in the School Education Act 1999. In essence, the role of the School Board is one of setting the long term future for the school and maintaining oversight (not management) of the school’s operation. It is not about operational management of the school – that is the job of the principal. The School Board provides additional expertise to help the school achieve the best outcomes for the students.
An Independent Public School Board will operate with functions consistent with the legislative role of Public School Councils and Boards.
The responsibilities of an Independent Public School Board are to:
- Work within the Department of Education’s relevant legislation and regulations;
- Contribute to the School Delivery and Performance Agreement and the Business Plan. (These documents summarise what the school wants to achieve in the future and how it plans to get there: the agreement will be signed off by the chair of the Board, Principal and Director General);
- Endorse and review the annual budget (the budget summarises the income received annually form the Department of Education and other sources; It also lists planned expenditure, including salaries);
- Assist with the formulation of codes of conduct (guiding principles designed to influence decisions and actions that the school takes);
- Review the performance of the school;
- Create interest in the school within and across the community;
- Assist with principal selection when a vacancy arises (the chair of the School Board will be a member of the selection panel);
- Approve fees, charges, contributions and items of personal use (booklists);
- Approve extra cost optional components of programs;
- Approve arrangements for sponsorship and advertising;
- Liaise with the other committees within the school e.g. the P&C; hold one open meeting each year to report to the school community; and
- Provide advice to the principal on religious education and related activities.