The Need for Written Policy
The role of the Board is to establish policy; the role of the administration is to execute it. The Board expresses its policy determinations in the form of written policy statements; the administration implements policy through such devices as administrative rules, memoranda and directives, and through daily contacts with staff, students, and public.
Policies are principles adopted by the school board to chart a course of action. They tell what is wanted and may include also why and how much. They should be broad enough to indicate a line of action to be taken by the administration in meeting a number of problems day-after-day; they should be narrow enough to give the administration clear guidance.