BOARD-SUPERINTENDENT RELATIONS

The St. Tammany Parish School Board hereby recognizes and directs that School Board members and the Superintendent keep their functions clearly in mind; the School Board exercising legislative and judicial functions as a Board and the Superintendent serving as the Board’s Executive Officer and its Professional Adviser. It is equally as important that they work together in harmony and good will. The best qualified Superintendent cannot succeed without the cooperation of the School Board.

The St. Tammany Parish School Board recognizes that it is the responsibility of the Superintendent, with the advice and assistance of his staff, to prepare and make recommendations to the School Board concerning all important business and professional matters. It further recognizes that the School Board may accept, modify, or reject and call for new recommendations. After the St. Tammany Parish School Board has formally adopted any policies, plans or programs for the operation of the schools of St. Tammany Parish, it is the responsibility of the Superintendent to put these policies, plans, or programs into effect in complete conformity with the decisions of the School Board.

The St. Tammany Parish School Board hereby recognizes that, of all the aspects of school work, none is more difficult than proper selection and placement of teachers and other professional employees. It hereby agrees that the most important qualifications of an educator is the ability to select the right person for the right job and that this is a difficult assignment even for the best trained School Executive. Selection, retention, transferal, and promotions should be made only on the basis of personal and professional qualifications. Nominations for teaching positions should be made to the School Board by the Superintendent after he has received the professional advice and guidance of Assistant Superintendents, supervisors, and principals, and has made careful examination of professional qualifications.

The Superintendent and his staff should owe political obligations to no one. They should be guided by only two fundamental standards:

  1. The welfare of the pupils in the schools of the Parish, and
  2. The obligation to the taxpayers to see that school funds are spent so as to provide the maximum amount of good education for each dollar spent.

The St. Tammany Parish School Board hereby also recognizes its responsibility to maintain a factual perspective of the total school program and its responsibility to discuss educational problems. The aims and purposes of all the schools and the results accomplished should be known to all.