Policy 301: Administrative Team

301.1 Role of District Administration
School district administrators have been given a great opportunity and responsibility to manage the school district, to provide educational leadership, and to implement the educational philosophy of the school district.  They are responsible for the day-to-day operations of the school district.  In carrying out these operations, the administrators are guided by board policies, the law, the needs of the students, and the wishes of the citizens in the school district community. 

It is the responsibility of the administrators to implement and enforce the policies of the board, to oversee employees, to monitor educational issues confronting the school district, and to inform the board about school district operations. 

While the board holds the superintendent ultimately responsible for these duties, the principals are more directly responsible for educational results, for the administration of the school facilities and for the employees. 

The board and the administration will work together to share information and decisions under the management team concept. 

Date of Adoption:  December 8, 2008 

Reviewed:  Dec. 10, 2012; May 8, 2017

Revised

 

301.2 Management Team
 The management team of the Mount Pleasant Community School District shall consist of the following personnel:  Superintendent of Schools, Director of Instruction, Principals, and Assistant Principals, Director of Finance, Director of Building and Grounds, Director of Transportation, Director of Food Services, Purchasing Agent, Network Administrator, Nursing Services, and others mutually agreed to by the Board of Education and Superintendent of Schools.  

The management team shall be headed by the Superintendent who shall convene meetings to discuss district policies, administrative procedures and other such business as shall be brought to the Superintendent's attention or which the Superintendent deems appropriate.  

The management team shall be recognized as educational leaders and may assist the Board in developing the goals and objectives to further meet the educational needs of the students in the Mount Pleasant Community School District.  The management team shall meet with the Board to review overall operations of the district and conditions affecting the management team.  

The management team shall recognize the duties and responsibilities of the Board of Education as outlined in the Board Policies and the Code of Iowa.  

It will be incumbent upon each team member to execute the duties of their position within the guidelines outlined in the board policy and job description.  

The management team will meet monthly to review policies and procedures and make recommendations in coordinating the activities of the Mt. Pleasant Community School District.  

In the event a member or members of the management team is unable to resolve a problem through the internal grievance committee, a three member committee of one board member, one management team member selected by the  management team, and the Superintendent shall investigate the circumstances and make a recommendation for the solution.  If the solution proposed does not settle the matter, the Board shall meet to resolve the matter.  The advice of outside management consultants may be employed.  

The grievance committee will have two permanent members, one secondary principal and one elementary principal, with a third member selected by the management team at the time of the grievance. 

Date of Adoption:  December 9, 1975 

Reviewed:  January 8, 2001; August 8, 2005; Dec. 8, 2008; Dec. 10, 2012; May 8, 2017

Amended:

 

301.3 Administrators Code of Ethics
Administrators, as part of the educational leadership in the school district community, represent the views of the school district.  Their actions, verbal and nonverbal, reflect the attitude and the beliefs of the school district.  Therefore, administrators will conduct themselves professionally and in a manner fitting to their position. Each administrator will follow the code of ethics stated in this policy.  Failure to act in accordance with this code of ethics or in a professional manner, in the judgment of the board, will be grounds for discipline up to, and including, discharge. The professional school administrator: 
  • Makes the education and well-being of students the fundamental value of all decision making. 

  • Fulfills all professional duties with honesty and integrity and always acts in a trustworthy and responsible manner. 

  • Supports the principle of due process and protects the civil and human rights of all individuals. 

  • Implements local, state and national laws. 

  • Advises the school board and implements the board's policies and administrative rules and regulations.

  • Pursues appropriate measures to correct those laws, policies, and regulations that are not consistent with sound educational goals or that are not in the best interest of children. 

  • Avoids using his/her position for personal gain through political, social, religious, economic or other influences. 

  • Accepts academic degrees or professional certification only from accredited institutions. 

  • Maintains the standards and seeks to improve the effectiveness of the profession through research and continuing professional development. 

  • Honors all contracts until fulfillment, release or dissolution mutually agreed upon by all parties. Accepts responsibility and accountability for one’s own actions and behaviors. 

 Legal Reference:Iowa Code § 279.8 (2007).  282 I.A.C. 13. 

Date of Adoption:  December 8, 2008 

Reviewed:  Dec. 10, 2012; May 8, 2017

Revised:

 

301.4 Communication Channels
Questions and problems are resolved at the lowest organizational level nearest to the complaint.  School employees are responsible for conferring with their immediate supervisor on questions and concerns. Students and other members of the school district community will confer with a licensed employee and then with the principal on questions and concerns. 

If resolution is not possible by any of the above, individuals may bring it to the attention of the superintendent within 7 school days of their discussion with the principal.  If there is no resolution or plan for resolution by the superintendent within 7 school days of the individual's discussion with the superintendent, the individual may ask to have the question or problem placed on the board agenda.  It is within the board’s discretion whether to hear the concern. 

It will first be the responsibility of the administrators to resolve questions and problems raised by the employees and the students they supervise and by other members of the school district community. 

Legal Reference: Iowa Code § 279.8 (2007). 

Date of Adoption: December 8, 2008 

Reviewed:  Dec. 10, 2012; May 8, 2017

Revised: