The members of the Monroe City School Board shall have authority only when acting as a Board legally in session.   The Board shall not be bound in any way by any actions or statement on the part of any individual Board member except when such statement or action is in pursuance of specific instructions from the Board.


No Board member, by virtue of his/her office, shall exercise any administrative responsibility with respect to the schools or as an individual command the services of any school employee.


The duties and obligations of an individual School Board member may be enumerated as follows:


  1. To familiarize himself/herself with school law, regulations of the Louisiana Department of Education, School Board policies and administrative regulations and procedures;

  2. To have a general knowledge of educational philosophy, aims and objectives of the system;

  3. To work harmoniously with other Board members without trying to either dominate the Board or neglect his/her share of the work;

  4. To vote and act in the Board meetings impartially for the good of the district;

  5. To accept the will of the majority vote in all cases and give whole hearted support to the resulting policy;

  6. To represent the Board and the school system to the public in such a way as to promote both interest and support;

  7. To refer complaints to the proper school authorities and to abstain from individual counsel and actions; and;

  8. To act ethically in all matters at all times, thereby representing the School District to the best of one’s ability.


The School Board realizes the importance of a functional orientation program for new Board members.  Under the guidance and directions of experienced Board members and the Superintendent, orientation shall be provided new Board members to allow the members to become fully informed about the Board’s functions, policies, regulations, procedures and problems.  Such activities may include:


  1. Prior to taking office, they may be invited to attend all meetings and receive reports and communications sent to Board members.

  2. They will be provided with a copy of the official School Board Policy Manual;

  3. They will be provided with current copies school budgets and financial statements;

  4. The will be provided with the information on school enrollments, professional qualifications of teachers, buildings, instructional programs, etc.;

  5. The Superintendent and President of the Board shall help acquaint the new Board member with duties and responsibilities of Board members.


Additionally, the Board suggests that once they take office, new Board members attend state and regional School Boards Association workshops.


Monroe City School Board