Lakeland's Board of Education is comprised of nine school district residents who are elected by voters to three-year terms in the annual election each spring. Terms are staggered so that three members are elected each year. Board members serve without compensation. Board members attend at least two public meetings each month along with committee meetings and various school-related activities. At the annual organizational meeting in July, the Board elects a president and vice-president.
The Board of Education is the official policy-making body of the school district.
The Board of Education is responsible for carrying out the laws and regulations pertaining to the education of our children. Its responsibilities include:
Defining the purpose of the Lakeland School District
Setting goals to achieve that purpose
Determining policies to achieve District goals
Employing professional educators
Approving contracts, including labor agreements
Evaluating the effectiveness of Lakeland programs
Representing the community on educational issues
Discussing financial management including an annual audit