WGSD Board of Education
The Webster Groves School District Board of Education has seven members serving three-year terms. An annual school board election is held in April each year. School board members are volunteers that receive no compensation for serving on the Board.
The Role of the Board
The Board of Education is elected to represent the Webster Groves School District community in the governance of its public schools. The Board’s chief responsibility is to evaluate and hire the superintendent of schools. Additionally, the Board adopts policies and direct procedures for the governance of the District, with responsibility for implementing Board policy and day-to-day operations of the District delegated to the superintendent. The Board is also responsible for adopting an annual budget to enable the District to carry out its educational programs. All Board actions are governed by state and federal laws and Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) guidelines.
A minimum of four Board members must be present to conduct official Board business. Prior to each meeting, Board members receive relevant background information on each agenda item. They may contact the administration to clarify any item. The Board votes on each action item after Board discussion. The superintendent is the chief executive officer of the District and is employed by the Board.
To be eligible for election, a school board candidate must be a citizen of the United States, a resident taxpayer of the district, a resident of the state for one year preceding election and at least 24 years old.
Elections for the board are held the first Tuesday in April each year. Candidate filing opens at 8 a.m. Dec. 12 at the central office, 400 E. Lockwood Ave. and continues through Jan. 16 at 5 p.m.
When matters of concern arise, citizens are encouraged to take up such issues with the appropriate district staff members, such as the teacher, principal or other administrator. Should the matter remain unresolved, citizens can direct their concerns to the superintendent, who will respond regarding any decision made or action taken. Matters still unsettled can be brought to the Board of Education in writing by the superintendent or individual requesting board action. The board will respond to matters brought to its attention under its policy. The board policy manual is available online at webster.k12.mo.us as well as at the district office, 400 E. Lockwood Ave. this procedure pertains to all district programs, including those that are federally funded.