The Jefferson County School System operates within policies set by a seven (7) member Board of Education. Board members are elected by district to four-year terms. The Board provides direction and oversight for all public schools within the county. The Director of Schools is appointed by the Board of Education and serves as the chief executive officer of the school system.
The Board will transact all business at official meetings that may be either regular or special. Every meeting of the Board shall be open to the public, except for those meetings in which the law allows closed sessions. Open meetings will be physically accessible to all students, employees, and interested citizens. Regular meetings of the Board are held on the first (1st) Thursday of each month unless rescheduled by the chair or at other times as scheduled by the Board. Work sessions will be held on the third (3rd) Thursday of each month as needed. Additional work sessions may be scheduled prior to the voting session each month. For additional information, please refer to Jefferson County Board of Education Policy 1.400 (School Board Meetings)
The Director of Schools, as secretary to the Board, is responsible for developing an agenda for each board meeting. Any board member may place items on the agenda for discussion. Staff members, students or citizens of the district may suggest items for the agenda. The agenda is distributed to board members three (3) days prior to the scheduled date of the meeting. The agenda is available for public inspection and/or distribution when it is distributed to the board members. At the beginning of each meeting the Board will, by a majority vote, approve the agenda for the meeting, which may involve the addition to or deletion of items previously included in the agenda.
The Director of Schools keeps complete and accurate minutes of all meetings of the Board. Following the approval by the Board, the minutes are signed by the chairperson and Director of Schools. The minutes will then become permanent records of the Board and will be made available to interested citizens and the news media upon request. Minutes from previous meetings are posted on the Jefferson County Schools website as soon as they are approved. Archival minutes are kept in the Director of Schools office and are available for review upon request.