What is a Governing Board?

The Governing Board is the Charter School counterpart to a school board, and has many duties and responsibilities which are required by law. Our proposed outline is below.

Governing Board Duties and Responsibilities

  • Set the mission and vision of the school system
  • Work with the City of Newberry to hire the Superintendent and other system-wide support positions
  • Empower the Superintendent and Principals, along with educators, to set the curriculum, classroom policies and overall educational environment of the schools.
  • Empower the City of Newberry, as management partners, to oversee a fiscally sound, transparent and accountable financial model for the schools.
  • Comply with all state requirements for charter school governing boards including.

State-approved Training is required for every member of the governing body of a charter school operating in Florida per State Board of Education Rule 6A.6.0784, including:

  • Each governing board member must complete a minimum of four (4) hours of instruction focusing on government in the sunshine, conflicts of interest, ethics, and financial responsibility as specified in Section 1002.33(9)(k), F.S.
  • After the initial four (4) hour training, each member is required, within the subsequent three (3) years and for each three (3) year period thereafter, to complete a two (2) hour refresher training on government in the sunshine, conflicts of interest, ethics, and financial responsibility as specified in Section 1002.33(9)(k), F.S. in order to retain his or her position on the charter school board.
  • Any member who fails to obtain the two (2) hour refresher training within any three (3) year period must take the four (4) hours of instruction again in order to remain eligible as a charter school board member.
  • New members joining a charter school board must complete the four (4) hour training within 90 days of their appointment to the board.
  • Governing board members must receive training from a state-approved trainer.

Additionally, Charter schools must also comply with any statute governing public records; public meetings and records; public inspection; and penalties (Ch. 119, F.S.). In addition, charter schools must use facilities that comply with the Florida Building Code (Ch. 553, F.S.) and Florida Fire Prevention Code (s. 633.025, F.S.), but are exempt from compliance with the State Requirements for Educational Facilities (SREF).

Source: https://flcharterschool.org/governing-board-member/

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