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Board Of Education

West Hartford has an elected seven-member Board of Education which is required by State Statute and Town Charter to oversee public education.

Superintendent of Schools


The superintendent of schools is the chief administrative officer and shall be elected by the Board of Education as required by Connecticut General Statutes 10-157.

 

The Board of Education shall evaluate the performance of the superintendent annually in accordance with the functions, duties, and responsibilities listed below, along with guidelines and criteria mutually determined and agreed to by the Board and the superintendent.

 

Functions, Duties and Responsibilities


The superintendent of schools is the chief executive officer of the West Hartford Public Schools. In harmony with the policies of the Board of Education, the State Laws, and the Commissioner's Regulations, the superintendent has executive authority over the school system and sole responsibility for its effective functioning. The office of the superintendency has the general authority to act for the Board and use discretion, subject to later approval by the Board of Education, upon all emergency matters and those to which the powers and duties are not particularly set forth or limited. The superintendent attends all meetings of the Board of Education and participates in all Board deliberations, except when matters relating to the superintendent's own employment are under consideration. The superintendent advises the Board on policies and plans that the Board takes under consideration, and the superintendent takes the primary initiative in presenting to the Board policy and planning issues for the Board's attention. The superintendent provides the Board with data concerning planning and policy issues, and informs the Board concerning progress and problems of the West Hartford Public Schools. The superintendent represents the profession of education in the Board deliberations. Among other duties and responsibilities, the superintendent 

  1. Is responsible for the general supervision and direction of all the public schools of the district, of all educational programs within the purview of the Board, and of all the personnel of the school system;
  2. Is responsible for the program of instruction in the schools and shall offer such suggestions and make such rules as seem necessary to maintain and improve the quality of instruction;
  3. Is responsible for periodic review of the organization and functioning of the administration of the school system and for recommending to the Board such changes as may improve the efficiency and productivity of the schools;
  4. Delegates to personnel in the school system the expertise of powers under Board policy without, however, relief from responsibility for actions taken under such delegation;
  5. Makes recommendations to the Board on personnel policies governing recruitment, selection, training, tenure, salary, promotion, assignment, and discipline such as will provide the district with the ablest personnel available;
  6. Appoints principals;
  7. Nominates anyone above the rank of principal for Board approval;
  8. Appoints all other professional personnel authorized by the budget and employs regular and substitute teachers in accordance with Section 10-151 of the General Statutes. As an executive agent of the Board of Education, the superintendent shall be empowered in accordance with the regulations of the Board to
    - assign and transfer teachers
    - classify teachers for salary purposes
    - grant leaves of absence in accordance with established policy
    - recommend teachers for dismissal by the Board in accordance with the General Statutes
    - accept resignations
    - suspend teachers and other personnel from duty for serious misconduct and behavior detrimental to the welfare of the schools;
  9. Reports to the Board monthly, changes in teaching personnel, resignations, leaves of absence, transfers in positions, and new appointments;
  10. Employs, assigns, transfers, and dismisses noncertificated employees, in accordance with adopted regulations of the Board;
  11. Supervises the annual school enrollment reports for reporting to the state;
  12. Provides direct supervision of principals and other administrators and for general supervision of the personnel who report to them;
  13. Develops the annual budget for the school system and recommends the budget to the Board for its attention, assisting the Board in its assessment of the budget;
  14. Is responsible for the administration of the budget and for insuring that all expenditures are effectively carried out;
  15. Is responsible for the general supervision and direction of school plant operation, maintenance, and construction; for ascertaining future school building needs, and for recommending appropriate action to the Board of Education;
  16. Grants the use of school buildings outside of school hours in accordance with Board policies concerning such use;
  17. Develops and maintains working relationships with institutions of higher learning and educational foundations to maximize research and institutional support for the school system from these institutions;
  18. Ensures that the school system takes full advantage of programs to improve educational practice that may be initiated by local, state, national or private agencies, and represents the school district in communications with such agencies;
  19. Provides for the assessment of the educational expectations of the community;
  20. Develops and maintains continuing programs to inform the community of the policies, plans and practices of the West Hartford Public Schools, using a variety of media, including the press;
  21. Maintains working relationships with all agencies of municipal government and represents the profession of education to these agencies and to the community;
  22. Attends local, regional, state and national educational meetings as a representative of the school system and reports appropriately. The superintendent is expected to participate in committee activity at the local, regional, state and national level for the improvement of education or the profession. The superintendent is also expected to interpret education as a speaker for social, fraternal, patriotic, service, and other organizations when the opportunity presents itself.

Adopted: November 17, 1987
Reviewed: December 19, 2006

West Hartford Public Schools

50 South Main St, West Hartford, CT  06107

T: 860-561-6600

F: 860-561-6910

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