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1030 - Superintendent of Schools

The Superintendent, as secretary and executive officer of the Board, shall have the responsibility for the administration and management of the District's schools and for the supervision of instruction in the District.

The Superintendent shall provide direction and supervision for the staff.

The Superintendent shall enforce the rules of the State Board of Education, rules of the Florida Department of Education, and the policies of this Board.

The Florida statutes vest in the Superintendent the following powers:

  A. Exercise general oversight over all departments of the District in order to determine problems and needs, and recommend improvements.


  B. Advise and counsel with the Board on all educational matters and make recommendations to the Board for action regarding those matters that should be acted upon.


  C. Recommend to the Board such policies as the Superintendent may consider necessary for the District's more efficient operation.


  D. Prepare and submit to the Board for adoption policies to supplement State Board of Education rules that, in the Superintendent's judgment, will contribute to the efficient operation of the District, and, upon adoption by the Board, that will ensure compliance with these rules.


  E. From time-to-time prepare, organize, and submit to the Board for adoption minimum standards related to the operation of any phase of the District program that, in the Superintendent's judgment, are necessary to supplement standards of the State Board of Education and that will contribute to the efficient operation of the District's program. Upon adoption by the Board, these supplementary operational standards will ensure State Board of Education standards are observed.


  F. Perform the duties and exercise the responsibilities that are assigned to the Superintendent by law and by rules of the State Board of Education.


The Superintendent shall perform the duties and responsibilities set forth in the Florida statutes, including, but not limited to, the following:

  A. Require all staff members and school administrators to participate in training on the District's standards of ethical conduct and on the related policies and procedures upon employment and annually thereafter.


  B. Keep minutes of all official actions and proceedings of the Board and keep such other records, including records of property held or disposed of by the Board, as may be necessary to provide complete information regarding the District school system.


  C. Act for the Board as custodian of school property.


  D. Provide for student transportation as prescribed in F.S. 1006.21.


  E. Make recommendations, nominations, proposals, and reports required by law to be acted upon by the Board.


  F. Keep the Board informed of school operation by preparing Board agendas, providing oral and written communication, scheduling management meetings, and requesting special Board meetings that become necessary to keep the Board properly informed.


  G. Require that all aspects of District operation comply with State laws and regulations as well as with Board contracts and policies.


  H. Require that all laws, rules of the State Board of Education, and the policies of the Board are properly observed.


  I. Prepare and submit the annual budget to the Board for adoption and direct all expenditures within the appropriations adopted by the Board.


  J. Direct the work of all personnel in accordance with the Florida statutes, Federal law, and the policies of the Board.


  K. Recommend measures to the Board that ensure adequate educational facilities are available throughout the District.


  L. Recommend and/or select staff for hire or to fill a vacancy.


  M. Assign staff to their respective duties.


  N. Work with parents and community groups .


  O. Attend such conferences for school superintendents as may be called or scheduled by the Department of Education and take advantage of professional and general improvement opportunities so that the Superintendent functions most efficiently.


  P. Delegate authority to staff in any matters, when it becomes expedient to do so, and assume full responsibility for the execution and satisfactory completion of the delegated activities. 
    The Superintendent may authorize changes or exceptions as necessary for implementing the instructional and operational programs.


Pursuant to the Florida statutes, the Superintendent shall not knowingly sign and transmit to any state official a report that the Superintendent knows to be false or incorrect. Furthermore, the Superintendent shall investigate any allegation of misconduct by instructional staff members or school administrators, as defined in F.S. 1012.01, which affects the health, safety, or welfare of a student, and shall report the alleged misconduct to the Department as required the Florida statutes and Policy 8141 – Mandatory Reporting of Misconduct by Certificated Employees.

F.S. 1001.49, 1001.51

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