About Our School Board
School Board members are elected at the November general election to four year terms on a staggered basis. All members are elected at-large. School Board members must be at least 18 years of age and a resident of the Souderton Area School District for at least one year prior to seeking a Board seat. The Board meets the first week in December and elects a president and vice-president for the coming year.
The duties/responsibilities of School Board members are to:
- Profess a deep desire to serve children and a strong belief in the values of public schools and local control of public education.
- Use their vested authority to establish, equip, furnish, operate and maintain the public schools.
- Establish policies necessary for the governing of the school district, its employees, pupils and all persons entering school grounds or premises.
- Ensure educational opportunities for all students of the school district.
- Appoint a superintendent of schools and invest such powers in the superintendency as may be legally delegated.
- Elect a treasurer and a secretary.
- Act on personnel and related matters as recommended by the superintendent of schools.
- Approve the annual budget.
- Adopt a master calendar annually.
- Enter into contracts with all personnel in the manner required by Pennsylvania law.
- Levy taxes to maintain the schools and the educational system.
- School Board members are both state and local officials. Though elected locally, they serve on behalf of the state legislature.
- School Boards are units of local government, the only such unit spelled out in the state constitution.
- School Boards are legislative bodies, empowered to set policy within the framework of the statutes enacted by the legislature.
- School Boards participate in long range/strategic planning, and evaluate the results.
- By law each School Board consists of nine members who serve four year terms of office, without pay.