Newport School District Board of Directors
April Owen, Board Chair
Connie Moore, Vice Board Chair
Jim Brewster, Director
Larry Sauer, Director
Rick Hughes, DirectorThe Newport School District Board of Directors – your School Board – has five members. Each member is elected from a geographic area, called a “District,” within the Newport School District. Board members are elected to staggered four-year terms by district residents and are elected at large. School elections are held every two years during the general election in November. As elected officials, the Newport School Board is legally identified by state law and therefore follows the rule of law as it applies to the conduct of meetings and other official business.
School Board members – school directors – are the “governors” of the school district who work in partnership with the Superintendent's administrative team to set the district's direction. The school Board's governance responsibilities fall into four major areas:
- Vision – The board focuses the work of the district and community on student and achievement through a comprehensive strategic planning process.
- Structure – The board governs the district through prudent financial planning and oversight, and diligent and innovative policy making.
- Accountability – The board infuses all programs and crucial policies with specific goals and a process for evaluation, reporting all recommendations for improvements.
- Advocacy – The board champions public education in the local community and before state and federal policy makers.
While the School Board is ultimately responsible, they employ a professional staff of administrators to manage the day-to-day functions in the Newport School District. As governors of the district, the School Board works with administrators to make decisions and set policy regarding a number of matters including bond and levy elections, budget adoption, facilities, curriculum adoption, fiscal planning and oversight, employee relations and transportation. Decision-making authority is vested in the School Board as a whole and individual proposals are adopted only with the approval of a majority of board members.