• Pennsylvania school boards are committed to providing every student the opportunity to grow and achieve. The actions taken by the board ultimately have both short and long-term impact in the classroom. Therefore, school directors collectively and individually will…

    Advocate Earnestly

    • Promote public education as a keystone of our democracy
    • Engage the community by seeking input, building support networks, and generating action
    • Champion public education by engaging members of local, state, and federal legislative bodies

     Lead Responsibly

    • Prepare for, attend, and actively participate in board meetings
    • Work together in a spirit of harmony, respect and cooperation
    • Participate in professional development, training, and board retreats
    • Collaborate with the Superintendent as the Team of 10

    Govern Effectively

    • Adhere to an established set of rules and procedures for board operations
    • Develop, adopt, revise, and review policy 
    • Align decisions to policy
    • Differentiate between governance and management, delegating management tasks to administration
    • Allocate finances and resources
    • Ensure compliance with local, state and federal laws

    Plan Thoughtfully

    • Adopt and implement a collaborative comprehensive planning process
    • Set annual goals that are aligned with the comprehensive plan
    • Develop a  financial plan that anticipates short and long-term needs
    • Formulate a master facilities plan conducive to teaching and learning

    Evaluate Continuously

    • Utilize appropriate data to make informed decisions
    • Use effective practices for the evaluation of the superintendent
    • Assess student growth and achievement
    • Review effectiveness of the comprehensive plan

    Communicate Clearly

    • Promote open, honest, and respectful dialogue among the board, staff and community
    • Encourage input and support for the district from the school community
    • Protect confidentiality
    • Honor the sanctity of executive session 

    Act Ethically

    • Never use the position for improper benefit to self or others
    • Act to avoid actual or perceived conflicts of interest
    • Recognize the absence of authority outside of the collective board
    • Respect the role, authority and input of the superintendent
    • Balance the responsibility to provide educational programs with being stewards of community resources
    • Abide by the majority decision

    These principles were adopted by the Lower Dauphin Board of School Directors on January 18, 2016.



Last Modified on September 26, 2023