001.0110         PRINCIPLES

 

It is essential that a public institution clearly define itself:  to say unequivocally what it believes in and stands for.

 

The development of responsible adults is a task requiring commitment. It cannot be left solely to the public schools.

 

The principle tasks of the public schools cannot be achieved if a disproportionate amount of time and resources must be given to maintain order.

 

The full responsibility for learning cannot be transferred from the student to the teacher.

 

Parents must consistently support the proposition that students have responsibilities as well as rights and the schools have an obligation to insist upon both.

 

Public schools are not obligated to serve students who, through persistent and serious acts, disrupt school and violate the rights of others.

 

High performance takes place in a framework of expectation.

 

There is nothing inherently undemocratic in requiring students to do things which are demonstrably beneficial to them.

 

In order for a program to succeed it must be kept in place for a reasonable period of time and be assured of continued support despite periodic criticism and the lure of faddishness.

 

Further, we believe that education is a means of individual development and social improvement, that every individual is educable, that society should provide educational opportunities for everyone, and that enlightened self-government is dependent on the education of all citizens.

 

1.         We believe that the primary purposes of schools are:

 

a.      To serve the individual; therefore, the schools should provide for each child and youth the kind and amount of education which will assist him/her to achieve maximum adequacy in all phases of living.  (See objectives)

 

2.         We believe that schools should be closely related to the community and should therefore:

 

a.      Share with the home and other educational agencies the responsibility for the direction of the child’s education.

 

b.      Be the concern of and encourage contributions from all individuals in the formulation of school policies and procedures.

c.      Take into consideration the needs of the local situation in determining characteristics of the curriculum.

                                                                                                                                                             

3.         We believe that to accomplish these aims, purposes, and    objectives the school should:

 

a.      Have teachers who exercise leadership and inspire students to high scholastic and ethical achievement.

 

b.      Encourage professional personnel and students to think and act without undue restrictions in the traditional American way.

 

c.      Be democratic institutions which provide experience in democratic living.

 

d.      Focus on the present as well as anticipated needs and interests.

 

e.      Recognize individual differences and adjust the program to the mental and physical maturity of each student.

 

The Board believes that the public schools have the primary responsibility for the formal education of the children and youth of the county. However, the Board recognizes that many governmental agencies and community organizations while not primarily concerned with education, play a definite role in education.

 

Therefore, it will be the desire of the Board to establish positive working relationships with all other public and private organizations which contribute to the education process and to the general welfare of the community citizens.

 

 

First Reading 10-3-85

Second Reading 10-17-85