"E Pluribus Unum---Out of Many, One"
Administration of a school district requires the talent and dedication of three very important groups: the Board of Trustees , the Administrators , and the Support Personnel tasked with the mundane tasks necessary to carry out the day-to-day business. Successful administration requires teamwork and cooperation from all involved.
The Board of Trustees, or School Board, as they are commonly called, govern and oversee the management of the District. Board members are common citizens from all walks of life who are elected by the citizens of the district and work without pay, other than the satisfaction derived from meeting the goals of free and public education for all children. School Board members devote many hours to lengthy Board meetings, preparations for those meetings, and follow-up tasks when the meetings are concluded. Their only financial benefit is the occasional free meal and expenses paid by the district to receive required training. They are responsible for setting school policies, approving district taxes and budgets and expenditures, and have the final say on the hiring and firing of personnel. The board has complete and final control over school matters within limits established by state and federal law and regulations.
Administrators are paid staff members who hold degrees and certifications required by law, or certain other qualification necessary for their job description. The Chief Administrator is of course, the Superintendent of Schools, who works under the direct supervision of the School Board. KISD Administrators also include the Curriculum Director, the Business Manager, building Principals and Assistant Principals, and those in charge of various departments and personnel groups.
The final group are the administrative support personnel . These include the various receptionists, secretaries, clerks, and other staff that carry out the day-to-day business. While they hold little decision-making power, they make sure the decisions that are made get carried out. They process the mounds of paperwork, or digital paperwork, involved in getting business done. They answer phones, greet guests, pay bills, and deal with insurance companies, time sheets, paychecks and the IRS! And that is only the beginning!
All of these people must work together to be certain the business of Kermit Independent School District is taken care of in a timely and appropriate manner. Without them, KISD would not be able to carry out its goal to provide education of the highest quality for all students of this school district regardless of race, socioeconomic background or creed.