the School Board
The School Board consists
of seven elected citizens who are responsible to the voters
and act under the directions and restrictions of state law.
School Board members have no power to act individually in the
name of the Board. Action can be taken only when the Board is
meeting in formal session with a majority of its members
A candidate for the Board of Education must be at least 18
years of age; a citizen of the United States; a resident of
the State of Michigan for at least 30 days; and a resident of
the School District on or before the 30th day prior to the
date of election. Property ownership is not a requirement for
candidacy. Elections are held on the first Tuesday on even
years in November.
The term of office is six years beginning January 1. Board
Members are paid $30 per meeting.
The chief responsibilities of the local Board of Education can
be summarized as follows:
• To comply with the laws of the state and regulations of the
state educational authority.
• To determine the goals and objectives of public education in
the School District.
• To choose the superintendent of schools and work together to
make the schools better.
• To contribute to the development and improvement of educational opportunities of all children and youth in the
• To develop the policies which will attract and retain
competent personnel needed to realize the educational
objectives of the district.
• To provide educationally efficient facilities and help
obtain the financial resources necessary to achieve
• To keep the people of the district intelligently informed
about the schools.
• To be sensitive to the educational hopes and aspirations of
the people of the district.
• To appraise the activities of the School District in light
of the goals and objectives established.
• To discharge its responsibilities as a state agency by
participating in statewide efforts to promote and improve
Your interest in the Waterford School District is greatly
appreciated. The local Board of Education is a unique
American institution. It is the best known way to make
public schools responsive organizations. It is a commitment
to local control and decision-making in education. Boards
are responsible for assuring educational opportunities to
all children and youth in their local community.
The Board desires to continue to be responsive to the
community which it serves and encourages citizens to attend
meetings and become involved. You may continue your active
participation when you:
• attend Board meetings.
• become informed and interested in school issues.
• express your ideas to the Board.
• elect the best qualified board members.
• participate on educational committees.
• visit the schools.
• become a partner in reaching District goals.