|Policies and Procedures Handbook||
Last Updated: 8/1/98
Garrett County Public Schools
40 South Second Street
Oakland, MD 21550
The general responsibility of the county superintendent is to see that the school law, the by-laws, and policies of the State Public Schools and the policies of the County Public Schools are carried into effect.
More specifically, the responsibilities of the county superintendent are defined by The Public School Laws of Maryland. These laws indicate that the county superintendent may administer oaths to witnesses, interpret school law, and resolve controversies and disputes involving the rules, regulations, and policies, subject to appeal to the County Public Schools and State Board of Education
The superintendent recommends for condemnation school buildings which are unfit for use. The superintendent recommends all repairs, the purchase or sale of grounds, and all plans for remodeling old buildings. The superintendent signs all contracts entered into by the Board and nominates for appointment by the Board all certificated and non-certificated employees. The superintendent assigns positions to all school personnel, transfers them as the needs of the schools require, and suspends or dismisses them for due cause.
The county superintendent is responsible for a program of professional improvement of teachers, for visiting and advising with principals, for evaluating the educational program, for the development of courses of study, and for the purchase of materials and supplies needed by the school system.
The Public Schools maintains an administrative and supervisory staff to assist the superintendent in carrying out his/her duties. The organization chart depicted on the following page describes the basic line-staff relationships existing within the Garrett County Public Schools. In order to carry out the functions depicted on the organization chart, the job description for each of the administrative and supervisory positions is on file in the office of the superintendent.
The Principal's Responsibilities
The principal is responsible for planning a school program and organizing it so that the school may be efficiently administered. In organizing a school the prinicpal has responsibility for the following:
A. The curriculum offerings.
B. The master schedule for teachers and pupils.
C. Individual schedules for teachers and pupils.
D. Scheduling responsibilities of all support personnel.
E. Assembling and distributing the materials teachers need.
F. The intra-school activities program.
G. The inter-school activities program.
H. The local school calendar.
I. The financial program.
J. Ordering, distributing, and accounting for materials of instruction and supplies.
K. Opening procedures.
L. Closing procedures.
In administering the school the principal has responsibility in the following areas:
A. The Curriculum
B. The Staff
C. Student Services
D. The School Plant
The principal is the prime supervisor in his/her school. His/her supervisory duties include the following:
A. The Program of Studies
B. The Staff
C. The School Plant
The principal is the chief interpreter of the school program and he/she does this through agencies and media such as:
A. Student handbooks.
C. School papers.
D. The public address system.
E. Teachers handbooks.
G. Faculty meetings.
H. PTA groups.
I. News media.
The development of the productive human relationships as they affect both teachers and pupils is one of the primary objectives of modern education institutions and this has particular application to the problem of liason between principals and teachers. Liason may be maintainted through certain informal procedures such as conferences initiated by either party.
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