The Board of Education consists of seven members elected by community residents. Members of the Board receive no pay and serve three-year terms which overlap. Regular meetings are held as scheduled in the calendar. 

New York Education Law outlines a school board’s general powers and duties. The primary function of the Board is to develop policies which govern the control, operation and maintenance of the Lawrence Public Schools.

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District policies and regulations contain the fundamental principles that outline the purpose, structure and limits of the Board, how the Board should conduct its business and also define the duties and responsibilities of its officers and members. Board members have a duty to maintain confidentiality. Individual Board members shall have authority only when they are acting as part of the Board in legal session.

The Board oversees the District’s affairs, personnel and properties, including appointing the Superintendent. The Board does not engage in the day-to-day management of the District’s operations. Carrying out policies, managing District affairs, and implementing the educational programs shall be the responsibilities of the Superintendent and the District administration.

Public Complaints

The Board of Education recognizes the right of community members to register individual or group concerns regarding instruction, district programs, materials, operations and/or staff members. The main goal of the district is to resolve such concerns with only the parties involved, whenever possible. Public complaints about the school district will be directed to the proper administrative personnel. Complaints about specific classroom practices shall be directed to the teacher concerned. If the matter is not settled satisfactorily, the complainant shall then contact the Building Principal; if there is no resolution on this level, the Superintendent of Schools shall be contacted. The Superintendent shall refer the issue to the Board for final resolution.