As public agents authorized by the state, the board of trustees of a charter school holds the school's charter as it is granted by the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE), and is responsible for governing the school. The board of trustees defines the mission of the school and develops school policies, changing them when appropriate. The board of trustees hires qualified personnel to manage the school's day-to-day operations, holds them accountable for meeting established goals, and formulates a long-range plan and charter school accountability plan that will ensure the school's continued stability.
In addition to its many other responsibilities, the board must ensure that the school is complying with all of the state and federal laws that apply to the school and ensure that the school is operating in accordance with its charter and with any approved amendments to its charter.
Finally, the board itself must operate in accordance with Massachusetts laws and regulations.
Upon beginning service on a board and each year thereafter, each trustee must meet a number of legal requirements set forth by the Commonwealth. You can learn more about the responsibilities of our Board of Trustees by visiting the DESE website.