Thursday, July 16, 2009

Not-so-liveblog of the Worcester School Committee retreat: subcommittees

or not?

Potential Pitfalls of Board Committees:
· Designed to help superintendent rather than focus on board business
· Diminish superintendent’s authority and accountability
· Board members rarely have time, experience or expertise to make sound decisions
· Provides opportunity for some members to become better informed than others, when all have ultimate responsibility
· Puts board in position of being lobbied by staff
· Puts staff in being directed by board
· Board members take on staff perspective and lose board perspective

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