Board Membership

Candidates for Board membership must have a genuine interest in and devotion to public school education, a willingness to give time and effort to the work, a capacity for understanding people, and the ability to work cooperatively with others. Constitutional and statutory provisions require that all officers of the state and its subdivisions be qualified electors; that is, registered to vote, in their resident precinct. The SC Constitution also prohibits any person convicted of a felony under state or federal law or other crimes related to elections and voting from being elected to and serving in an office in this state or its political subdivisions, including school districts.

SPS believes that public schools play a vital role in our state and country by providing the basic foundations for democratic living and for sustaining the American way of life. Therefore, school Board membership represents a challenging responsibility. An SPS Board member should honor the high responsibility which his/her membership demands by doing the following:

  • Thinking always in terms of children first
  • Understanding that the basic function of a school Board is policymaking, not administration, and by accepting the responsbility of learning to discriminate intelligently between these two functions
  • Accepting the responsibility along with his/her fellow Board members of seeing that the maximum facilities and resources are provided for the proper functioning of the school
  • Representing, at all times, the entire school
  • Accepting the responsibility of becoming well informed concerning the duties of Board members and the proper functions of public schools
  • Recognizing responsibility as a state official to seek the improvement of education throughout the state.

An SPS Board member must respect his/her relationships with other members of the Board by doing the following:

  • Recognizing that authority rests only with the Board in official meetings and that the individual member has no legal status to bind the Board outside of such meetings
  • Recognizing the integreity of his/her predecessors and associates and the merit of their work
  • Refusing to make statements or promises as to how he/she will vote on any matter which should properly come before the Board as a whole
  • Making decisions only after all facts bearing on a question have been presented and discussed
  • Respecting the opinions of others and graciously conforming to the principle of majority rule
  • Refusing to participate in irregular meeetings such as secret meetings which are not official and which all members do not have the opportunity to attend
  • Maintaining the confidentiality of all matters discussed in executive session

All Board members must maintain desireable relations with the head of the school and the faculty and staff by doing the following:

  • Striving to procure, when a vacancy exits, the best professional leader available for the head administrative post
  • Giving the head of the school full administrative authority for properly discharging his/her professional duties and holding him/her responsible for acceptable results
  • Having the head of the school present at all meetings of the Board except when his/her contract and salary are under consideration
  • Referring all complaints to the head of the school and discussing them only at a regular meeting after failure of an administrative solution
  • Striving to provide adequate safeguards around the head of the school and other staff members to the end that they can work comfortably in the community and discharge their educational functions on a thoroughly professional basis
  • Presenting personal criticisms of any employee directly to the head of the school