Policy BBAA Board Member Authority and Responsibilities

Policy BBAA Board Member Authority and Responsibilities

Issued 1/96; Revised 9/14

Purpose: To establish the basic structure of the authority and responsibilities of the board and its members.

Because all powers of the board of trustees lie in its action as a group, individual board members exercise their authority over district affairs only as they vote to take action at a legal meeting of the board. School board trustees hold no individual authority.

In other instances, an individual board member, including the chairperson, will have power only when the board, by vote, has delegated authority to him/her. The board will not be bound in any
way by any action or statement on the part of any individual board member not delegated by the

The board and its members will deal with administrative services through the superintendent and will not give orders to any subordinates of the superintendent either publicly or privately, but may make suggestions and recommendations. A board member shall not use his or her position on the board to influence, direct, control, impede, counsel, act, or otherwise intervene in the administration's daily operations and management of the schools. A board member shall only act upon the recommendation of the superintendent in matters pertaining to the employment or dismissal of school personnel and in matters pertaining to student discipline.

A board member shall make official visits to a school or classroom only under board authorization. A board member may make arrangements through the school principal to visit a school or classroom for informal interest and observation of school activities and affairs, but such visits may not be for the purpose of formal inspections, evaluations, or other supervisory or administrative purposes.

The board will make its members, the district staff and the public aware through its actions and
policies that only the board acting has a whole has authority to take official action.

The members of the board of trustees are officers of the state. Constitutional provisions which
apply to officers apply to school board members.

Adopted 10/  /14

Legal references:

S.C. Constitution:

Article II, Sections 3 & 4 - Definition of qualified electors.


Article XVII, Sections 1 & 1 A - Qualifications for office and prohibition against dual
office holding.

S.C. Code, 1976, as amended:

Title 8 - Deals with rights and responsibilities of public officers.

Section 59-15-50 - Oath of board members.

Section 59-19-90 - General powers and duties of school trustees.

Section 59-19-110 - School trustees' rule-making power.

Attorney General Opinion:

1960-61, No. 1092, p. 164 - Any action taken by the board of trustees must be taken at a
regularly called and assembled meeting with a quorum present.