What We Do

Pursuant to the Constitution of the State of Arizona, the Governing Board is tasked with directly overseeing the general conduct and supervision of Scottsdale Unified School District. In this way, the Governing Board acts as a board of directors for our District.

The legislature has vested numerous powers and responsibilities in the Governing Board, which are largely defined by Title 15 of the Arizona Revised Statutes. As with boards of directors, the Governing Board hires the Superintendent for the District and then delegates many of its powers and responsibilities to the Superintendent to carry out, though the Governing Board retains final decision making authority on most matters.

The Governing Board does not oversee the day-to-day operations of the District (e.g., drafting the budget, overseeing the discipline of students, handling parents' concerns about District employees), nor does it rubber stamp the Superintendent's actions, programs, and ideas. Instead, the Governing Board sets the vision for the District, establishes District policies, reviews and analyzes the Superintendent's proposals, votes to approve, amend, or reject those proposals, and assesses the success of those proposals once implemented.

Ultimately, the main focus for the Governing Board is to make certain that all actions taken by the District's administration are in the best interests of our students and our District as a whole.

Governing Board members can only discuss or vote on matters with one another at a duly called meeting at which three or more Governing Board members are present.

For information concerning the main powers of the Governing Board, please consult A.R.S. § 15-301 et seq. For information concerning open meetings laws, please consult A.R.S. § 38-431 et seq.