POLICY MANUAL

Board-Staff Communications - Policy BG-R

The Lynchburg City School Board wishes to maintain open channels of communication between itself and the staff. The goal is to enhance and streamline communications to ensure information flows in both directions, and to ensure any issues are promptly handled and addressed. The basic line of communication will, however, be through the Superintendent.

All effective means of facilitating channels of communication between the Board and staff will be utilized, like the Superintendent’s Personnel Advisory and Superintendent’s Preview, in order to promote close and cooperative action for the continuing improvement of the educational program and the mutual benefits of the school system and the community.

Staff Communications to the Board
Any employee, acting as an individual or as a representative of any employee group, may request a meeting with the Superintendent or his/her designee(s) to discuss policies or other matters for consideration by the School Board. The Superintendent should inform the Board of such meetings, the matters discussed, and the recommendations of the employee(s) submitted to him/her. The Superintendent may also schedule such meetings and invite employees, including representatives of employee groups, to be present to discuss matters that affect them.

Board members and employees share a common interest in education and in school operation. Employees must remember that individual Board members have no authority or duty except as members of the Board at a legally convened Board meeting or except as may be assigned to them by the School Board as a whole. Therefore employees should not interpret informal remarks of Board members as representing the official position of the Board, or a firm position of the Board member.

Board Communications to Staff
All official communications, policies, and directives of staff interest and concern will be communicated to staff members through the Superintendent. The Superintendent will develop appropriate methods to keep the staff fully informed of the Board's concerns and actions.

The success of any school system requires effective communication between the School Board and the staff. Such communication is necessary for the continuing improvement of the educational program and for the proper disposition of personnel problems which may arise. To achieve this end, good Board-staff relations must be maintained in a climate of mutual trust and respect.

In accordance with good personnel practice, staff participation in the development of educational and personnel policies will be encouraged and facilitated.

Adopted by School Board: August 20, 2013

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