BOE Governance Process

The 25 documents contained under the Governance Process umbrella primarily deal with how the Board governs itself.  These documents speak to its own public engagement protocals, board activity, negotiations, and definitions of roles.

GP-1: Governance Commitment

GP-1 speaks to the basic fundamentals of education and Milford's mission toward academic achievement.

GP-2: Guiding Principles

GP-2 focuses on the issues they agree to pursue, as an elected body, in the name of public education in Milford.

GP-3: Public Engagement

This document defines the rationale and the methods in which the Board will engage in authentic, two-way dialogue.

GP-4: Policy-Making Development

GP-4 addresses the fact that items under the Policy Governance umbrella must be flexible and must be able to be revised as the world of education changes.  A broad definition of these steps is found in this document.

GP-5: Board Job Description

This policy addresses, specifically, what the Board will handle as a legislative body. 

GP-6: Chair's Role

This policy defines the roles and responsibilities of the Board Chair, both as the leader of the elected body, as well as the interaction between the chair and the Superintendent.

GP-7: Majority Leader's Role

In cases where the Board Chair is not available, the Majority Leader serves in this leadership role.  This GP details the activity of the Majority Leader, should the Chair be absent.

GP-8: Board Member Code of Conduct

GP-8 states the collective agreement of the BOE elected officials, relating to protocal and expected conduct while serving on the Board.

GP-9: Conflict of Interest

GP-9 outlines the circumstances surrounding a Board member's desire to recuse him/herself.  Recusal is an option in cases where the Board member may have the potential for a conflict of interest when voting on certain issues.

GP-10: One Voice Commitment

As is dictated by the Policy Governance model, members agree to speak with a One-Voice Commitment.  This means deliberations can take place during discussion on issues, but once a decision is made, the entire board supports that decision, whether or not they were originally in favor of it.

GP-11: Board Structure Committee as a Whole

This document details the Committee of the Whole philosophy. 

GP-12: Board Operations

This document defines the development of the meeting schedule and the development of the agendas for each BOE meeting.  It also addresses the filing of these meetings with the City Clerk, as required by state statute.

GP-13: Rules and Conduct Governing BOE Meetings

This document discusses the dynamics of the public comment portion of any Board meeting.

GP-14: Responding to Public Inquiries or Requests

This policy details the chain of command in place when a member of the public has a question or an issue that needs to be resolved.

GP-15: Board-Staff Communication

This policy addresses the portal through which communication can be transmitted, whether from the staff to board members or vice versa.

GP-16: Number of Members/Terms of Office

This policy is a restatement of the language found in the City Charter regarding the number of members and length of term for Board of Education members.

GP-17: Officers

This policy discusses the orientation of new board members after an election and the selection of board leadership positions.

GP-18: Resignation

This document addresses the situations that require a member to resign.

GP-19: Filling Vacancies

This document defines how the board appoints a new member to a bona fide vacancy.

GP-20: Board Member Orientation and Development

This GP details the responsibilities relating to new board member orientation and development.

GP-21: Monitoring Board Governance Process and Board-Staff Linkage

GP-21 lists each of the policies included under the Policy Governance umbrella and the monitoring frequency/methods that will be followed for their review.

GP-22: Grievance Hearing

This policy is a detailed discussion about the grievance process, should a conflict be presented to the Board for consideration.  Much of this activity is governed by Connecticut General Statute.

GP-23: Participation in High School Graduation

This policy defines the role of the Board Chair, the Majority Leader and, if need be, the Minority Leader, for service at the high school graduations.

GP-24: Non-Renewal of Non-Tenured Teacher

This policy addresses the steps necessary in the case of a non-renewal of a non-tenured teacher.

GP-25: Minority Representation Role

This GP defines the role and responsibilities of the Minority Leader.

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