Many people help to shape our school district, but the Pine-Richland Board of Education answers both to the community and the Pennsylvania Department of Education.
As a group, the board is not an administrative body. Board members set policy for administrators to carry out. School boards have three essential functions: planning, setting policies and evaluating results.
To contact board members, visit our director page and click on individual profiles, which contain email addresses, or you can email the board secretary Tara Bennett at email@example.com, 724-625-7773, ext. 6100.
Board members are required to engage in strategic planning by regulations of the State Board of Education. Reports of the results of the planning efforts must be filed with the Department of Education. Planning activities must include enrollment projections, staffing needs, building usage and budget requirements.
Once the board sets direction, the superintendent of schools, the administrative team and the entire staff work cooperatively and creatively to carry out the board's objectives.
Elected by the board, the superintendent serves as the chief executive officer. It is his/her responsibility to recommend the appointment of all other personnel to the board, for their review and approval, and to bring recommendations to the board for action in carrying out the mission of the school district.
All school directors serve four-year terms and receive no compensation for their commitment of time and energy. The school board secretary and solicitor are elected by the board and serve in a non-voting capacity.
Candidates for the board of school directors must be at least 18 years of age, a citizen of Pennsylvania and a resident of Pine or Richland Township for one year. If a vacancy occurs midterm, the members of the school board will appoint someone to serve until a successor is elected at the next municipal general election.