1.33 Role and Relationship Between the Board of Trustees and the Chief Executive Officer Policy

The Board of Trustees recognizes and maintains the distinction between those activities which are appropriate to the Board as the sole statutory legislative governing body of the district and those administrative functions and duties which are to be performed by the Chief Executive Officer and his/her staff. In that regard, the Board views the legislative authority vested within itself as a body of the whole rather than as individuals acting unilaterally.

1.33.1 Based upon the premise of mutual respect and trust, the Board encourages a shared governance relationship that is characterized by open, honest, two-way flow of continuous communications based upon accurate, reliable information resulting from thorough study and analysis. In that regard, the Board looks toward the Chief Executive Officer to provide recommendations, suggestions and options relating to both short- and long-term goals and objectives of the district in a routine and timely manner. This should allow the Board an adequate period of deliberation which would ultimately result in the adoption of policies that would enhance the well-being of the overall district.

1.33.2 The Board recognizes that if the Chief Executive Officer is to be strong and responsible for the prudent management of the district and its resources, likewise, the Board must also be strong, fully informed and recognize its responsibility to be fully supportive of the Chief Executive Officer by granting him/her full authority to carry out and implement the administration of the district in accordance with those policies adopted by the Board.

1.33.3 The Board will maintain an understanding and respect for the delineation of policy versus administration and will maintain a self-discipline that will avoid direct interference into the administrative functions of the district. The Board will encourage and be supportive of an atmosphere that will allow the Chief Executive Officer the flexibility and creativity to successfully exercise his/her administrative style necessary for successfully carrying out the administrative functions of the district.

(Adopted 6-6-1988; Reaffirmed 12-2-1991; Revised 2-4-2002)