Policy Governance is a leadership model created by Dr. John Carver. It can be used by any governing body or organization -- regardless if it is in the public or private sector.

This model enables the board to focus on the larger issues, to delegate with clarity, to control management's job without meddling, to rigorously evaluate the accomplishment of the organization; and to truly lead its organization.

Policy Governance separates the issue of organizational purpose (Ends) from all other organizational activity (Means). Policy Governance boards demand accomplishment of purpose, enabling the staff to approach and accomplish its mission in a manner they deem fit, as long as it doesn't violate the board's pre-stated standards of prudence and ethics.

The board's own Means are defined in accordance with the roles of the board, its members, the chair and other officers, and any committees the board may need to help it accomplish its job.

To view the actual set of documents that define this process here in Milford and the relationship between the elected Board of Education members and the Milford Public Schools, click on any of the sections below.