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What Do Boards Do?

Board functions are grouped by levels of involvement.


  • take part in;
  • determine;
  • approve of;
  • provide advice to the principal on; and
  • promote

Elected Board members will serve a term of no more than three years. They may seek re-election for an additional term.

Boards take part in:

  • establishing, and reviewing from time to time, the school’s objectives, priorities and general policy directions (SEA s. 128(a)(i);
  • planning of financial arrangements necessary to fund those objectives, priorities and direction (SEA s. 128(a)(ii));
  • evaluating the school’s performance in achieving them (SEA s.128(a)(iii); and
  • formulating codes of conduct for students at the school (SEA s. 128(c)).

Boards determine:

  • in consultation with students, their parents and staff a dress code for students when they are attending or representing the school (SEA s. 128(d)).

Boards promote:

  • the school in the community (SEA s. 128(b)).

Boards provide advice to the Principal of the school on:

  • a general policy concerning the use in school activity of prayers, songs and materials based on religious, spiritual or moral values being used in a school activity as part of religious activity (SEA s. 70); and
  • the implementation of special religious education (SEA s. 69(2)).

Boards approve:

  • charges and contributions determined by the Principal for the provision of certain materials, services and facilities (SEA s. 99(4));
  • extra cost optional components of educational programs determined by the Principal (SEA s. 100(3));
  • items determined by the Principal to be supplied by a student for personal use in an educational program (SEA s. 108(2));
  • any agreements or arrangement for advertising or sponsorship in relation to the school (SEA s. 216(5)).
  • Additional Functions: IPS Boards take part in the local selection process for principals (SEA s. 129(2));
  • with the Minister’s approval, Boards take part in the local selection process for any other member of the teaching staff.

NB. SEA = School Education Act


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