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LEWIS-PALMER BOARD OF EDUCATION
OPERATING NORMS
Agreed to by Consensus February 16, 2006 
Revised by Consensus July 20, 2006

  • Respect for individuals and the LP culture.
  • No "gotcha" or surprises.
  • School visits: Inform superintendent and principal.
  • Chain of Command: patron comment/letter (direct individual to contact teacher or building administrator; you contact superintendent; board response to an "all board" letter comes from president).
  • President is point of contact for press.
  • When board members peak with the press, they should consider what they say carefully and thoughtfully. Always make it clear, when talking with the press, you are speaking for yourself, not the entire board.
  • Agenda: set by superintendent and president; the agenda may be amended at a board meeting by a motion of a board members, a second on the motion, and a vote of the board to approve the amended agenda.
  • Individual board members may notify the president of items they would like on a future agenda during board members comments, or debrief. The proposed agenda item is placed on a future agenda as indicated by two head nods from board members during board comments or debrief.
  • Discussion of possible board goals will take place at the June Retreat. June/July board goals for the upcoming school year will be written and adopted. A strategic calendar will be developed for the monthly board meetings during the upcoming school year based on the adopted board goals.
  • United support of decisions reached by consensus or vote, even if you disagree (notate consensus decisions for purpose of recall).
  • Individual board members do not contact contracted service providers unless requested by the superintendent or board for a specific task.
  • Have fun and find humor with board service.
  • Expectations of participation: all board meetings; special sessions; convocation; new teacher luncheon; end of year celebration; graduation; retreats; state and national conferences.
  • Notify board and superintendent of travel dates.
  • Invitations to school functions: RSVP to school; FYI to BOE.
  • Event follow-up with quick email to BOE.
  • Independent research on topic: FYI to BOE.
  • Do not conduct board business by email.
  • The Board of Education, upon majority agreement (3/5) will direct the superintendent to direct staff. This process will avoid individual board members directing staff on personal interest issues.
  • The Board of Education, through discussion, will determine committee assignments ensuring every member has input and there is consensus to the selection.

LEWIS-PALMER BOARD OF EDUCATION
PROCESS NORMS

Agreed to by Consensus February 16, 2006

  1. To foster respect, consideration and courtesy by being open, honest and truthful in all situations and settings.
  2. To respect confidentiality, yet keep all appropriate audiences informed about pertinent matters.

  3. To realize effective communication involves active sharing, listening and understanding of the views, feelings and needs of others.

  4. To criticize, correct or reprimand in private.

  5. To address issues, concerns and questions (directly) with the appropriate person/people.

  6. To protect the integrity and promote the positive image of one another with the presumption of good will.

  7. To stay focused on the needs of the District, rather than personal concerns.

  8. No "gotcha" in public or private.

  9. Members check to make sure they know what a speaker means by a contribution before they agree or disagree with it.

  10. Each member speaks only for himself and lets others speak for themselves.

  11. All members participate but in different and complementary ways.

  12. Whenever the group sense it is having trouble getting work done, it tries to find out why.

  13. The group brings conflict into the open and deals with it. Conflict is unavoidable but group can decide to deal with it openly (and subject to group control) or disguised (and out of our control).

  14. The group will "stay with the person." A caring group can offer the opportunity for an individual to concentrate on an issue important to him/her. The group agrees to focus on an individual and help that person work through an issue rather than allow skipping about and changing the subject.

  15. Win-win. Members agree to relate in a mutually constructive way, rather than in a competitive way. The intent is for every member to be enriched.

  16. The group recognizes that whatever it does is what it has chosen to do. An effective group makes decisions openly rather than by default.

 

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