Although Independent Public Schools have more flexibility to set their own strategic direction and authority for day to day decisions, they remain part of the public school system. The principal is responsible for the educational leadership, operation and management of the school.
Each Independent Public School must have an effective School Board which is a legally formed body that, in partnership with the principal, is given powers to set and monitor the key directions of a school. It is the major governing body of the school and oversees the school’s performance. The College Principal is automatically a member of the Board, and other members can include members of the general community, staff members and parent representatives.
The School Board participates fully in:
- endorsing the Delivery and Performance Agreement;
- endorsing and regularly reviewing the one-line school budget and business plan;
- processes to review the school ‘s performance through receiving regular reports and data on student achievement;
- processes to determine satisfaction levels of parents, staff and students during the life of the DPA, with results reported in the annual school report;
- endorsing the annual school report; and
- selecting the principal when a vacancy arises.