The bylaws of Sparta Township Public Schools Board of Education describe how the board functions. The bylaws define the rules by which the board meets, operates, sets its agenda and conducts its business. The formulation of bylaws and policies is a primary duty of the board of education.
Board policies are broad statements basic to the goals of the board and the direction it wishes to take. They are the direct expression of the board’s desires for the school children of our district. Policies provide a legal basis and a business foundation for the actions of the board.
Regulations are guidelines that contain the details and particulars that guide the Superintendent and staff in implementing the board’s policies. The board adopts regulations when specific State laws required such adoption, when the administrator recommends it, when the board’s bylaws require it, or when a question is raised as to whether the regulations truly implement the intent of the board’s written policy. Regulations are not typically developed by the board, but by the administration of the school district.
The continually changing membership of the board of education works against continuity of action. The policy manual is one way in which a district can have continuity despite turnover in its membership. Good board policies provide direction and continuity for the educational process in our district.