Since the first official school board was created in Massachusetts in 1826, American society has benefited from the "citizen" trustees who represent the community at-large. As representatives of this public trust, school board members are charged with setting educational policies consistent with state and federal laws governing public education.
Board members translate the needs of students into policies, plans and goals that will create better tomorrows for today's learners. It is particularly true that actions taken by the trustees who serve on intermediate boards of education have far-reaching implications. The members of the Ingham Intermediate School District (ISD) Board of Education develop and adopt policies which, in turn, guide the superintendent and district staff in providing quality educational services for learners throughout Ingham County.
In addition to these more global responsibilities, Ingham ISD's board members have the following duties:
- Direct the Intermediate's vocational/technical, special and general education programs
- Ratify fiscally sound budgets which balance educational needs with financial reality
- Approve bond and/or millage issues
- Oversee the maintenance and renovation of facilities
- Confirm the hiring of teachers, administrators and support staff