The Oak Ridge School System is governed by the elected five-member Board of Education, who serve four-year terms. The purpose of the board is to provide a program of education for the community. As such, the board represents the community in:
- Establishing a sound philosophy for all educational programs and activities,
- Adopting policies for the operation of school programs,
- Providing leadership for educational progress through the establishment of annual objectives,
- Ensuring that there are adequate methods of evaluating existing programs, and
- Adopting sound financial plans consistent with school needs and community resources.
The board formulates policy for carrying out the above role and employs professional educators to administer the program.
Meetings of the board
All meetings are open to the public and citizens are invited to attend. The public forum that precedes each regular monthly meeting provides an opportunity for citizens to bring items of information to the board. The board maintains procedures for placing items on the agenda and copies of the agenda are available at each meeting. All meetings are conducted according to Robert’s Rules of Order.
Types of meetings
- Regular – Monthly meetings are used for transacting official business. They are held the fourth Monday of each month at 5:00 p.m. in the Board Room of the School Administration Building on New York Avenue.
- Special meetings – Special meetings are called through regularly adopted procedures with official action restricted to items listed in the notice of the meeting.
- Adjourned sessions – Adjourned sessions are special meetings required to transact official business not completed in a regular meeting. Only topics appropriate to the regular meeting agenda may be acted on at adjourned sessions.
- Committee of the whole meeting – These are meetings at which no official action is taken. These meetings are used to develop concepts or consider background information as well as to study potential programs for the school system.