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Policy BLA-Administrative Personnel: Duties of Principals (PDF)

Issue Date: March 17, 2010


Duties of Principals

School Principals shall:

  1. Provide primary educational leadership in the school to which they are assigned.As         chief administrative officer of the school and supervisor of its instructional program, the    Principal shall provide the leadership in creating an environment conducive to skillful      creative teaching and optimum learning.  In recognition of the value of the team     approach, supervision should be identified through encouragement and support of the instructional program. 
  2. Act as the administrative authority in the school within the limits of the law, Board regulations, and instructions from the Superintendent.
  3. Inform the staff of school regulations as they are enacted by the Board of Education.
  4. Keep the Superintendent, appropriate assistant administrators, and other administrative officers fully advised as to the conditions and needs of the school.
  5. Make regular and thorough inspections accounting for school properties, and be responsible to the Superintendent for these properties.
  6. Assist curriculum personnel in appraising, developing, and evaluating the school curriculum and in planning, adapting, and scheduling the courses of study for the          students.
  7. Take all reasonable precautions to safeguard the staff and the students in the school during school hours.  Provide for the safety and care of children in case of fire, storm, or       other sudden danger to the school plant, and see that the students and teachers are adequately trained to carry out such plans during these occurrences.
  8. Organize the resources of the school to provide supervision of playground activities 30 minutes prior to school, during school, and until the last bus leaves after school, and   supervise the lunchroom program and the noon hour.
  9. Oversee discipline procedures and report to the Superintendent or the delegated authority any irregular types of punishment prohibited by Board policy.
  10. Make recommendations for teacher dismissal within the school.
  11. As required, evaluate and report the efficiency of each member of the instructional staff in the school in accordance with an established plan of teacher evaluation.
  12. Assist in the development of the school budget and keep such business records and execute such business forms as may be required.
  13. Order approved supplies, textbooks, equipment, and all materials necessary for the operation of the school.
  14. Administer a system of accounting of all monies from student activities, cafeterias, student fees or fines, entertainments, gifts and from any student group This accounting        shall be in accord with a central plan of accounts and carried out under the supervision of             the Superintendent or the delegated authority.
  15. Report immediately, in full and in writing, to the administrative offices any infringement of district property rights within the school or any substantial injury to any pupil or member of the staff that may occur at a time or place wherein the rights or             responsibilities of the schools may be involved.
  16. Process complaints concerning the school, investigate those complaints, and refer to the area assistant administrator cases that the Principal cannot adjust satisfactorily.
  17. Direct and supervise the professional, classified and hourly staff working within the school building and provide annual evaluations for each member.
  18. Be responsible for good public relations with community groups, including the parent-teacher organizations and other organizations, and use community and professional        resources to enrich the learning program.
  19. Report to the appropriate administrator any need for extended absence from school and the name of the person appointed to act in the absence of the Principal.
  20. Perform other duties as may be assigned by the Superintendent of Schools.
  21. In accordance with policies, rules, and regulations adopted by the Board, be responsible for the detailed organization of the program of the school, for the assignment of duties to           staff members, and for the administration of the instructional program for the regular        school year and the extended summer program.
  22. Be responsible for the maintenance and repair of the school building.
  23. Report all emergencies to the Superintendent or the assistant administrator for operations.
  24. Be responsible for the safety of the physical facilities.
  25. Conduct, in the presence of the custodian, a monthly building inspection.The       inspection report, detailing all needed repairs, shall be submitted to the assistant      administrator of operations in a timely manner.
  26. Provide all new employees with sufficient information for them to execute their jobs.