The School Board is responsible for the creation, operation and appraisal of public education in St. Tammany Parish. It is both a deliberative body and a legislative body. It is the duty of the School Board to formulate policies and to legislate to make these policies effective. It also acts as an appraisal body sitting in judgement on recommendations that may come to it which concern the progress and improvements of the schools. The development of educational principles and policies by the School Board is essential to making decisions and resolving issues. The function of the School Board is not to operate the schools, but to see that they are operated for the best interests of the children and taxpayers. The School Board may make recommendations and regulations for its own government not inconsistent with law or with the regulations of the Louisiana State Board of Education, as it may deem proper. It shall enforce compliance with the provisions of the school law. The final responsibility for educational planning rests with the School Board, and it is therefore highly desirable that the Board use the finest professional assistance available.

Ref: LA-R.S. 17:51, 17:81; Constitution of the State of Louisiana of 1974, Art. 6, Sec. 44.