Purpose, Duties and Responsibilities
The Oneida Nation School Board has the charge of setting direction for the educational leadership of the students attending the Oneida Nation Schools, and the planning for future educational development. Within that responsibility rests the authority to oversee and plan for the academic and cultural growth of the students and Tribal institutions. Within the authorities set out by the General Tribal Council pursuant to Section 1(h) of Article IV of the Constitution of the Oneida Nation, and the agreements contained within the Memorandum of Agreement, the Oneida Nation School Board exists to ensure compliance of the school with Tribal initiatives and planning, the community’s desires, and the sound academic practice.
The Oneida Nation School Board’s objectives shall include, but are not limited to:
- The monitoring of school operations and development, ensuring compliance with sound academic practice and consistency with community priorities and Tribal initiatives and planning.
- Approval of all curriculum developed and implemented for use within the Oneida Nation Schools, ensuring quality academic instruction incorporating Oneida cultural tenets.
- Direct involvement in the process of personnel matters, as prescribed in the Memorandum of Agreement, ensuring the maintenance of quality staff and policy benefiting the harmony of the staff and ultimately the students of the school.
- Review and endorsement of all contracts, grants, and proposals relative to the school’s operation and funding, and submission of same consistent with the Oneida Tribe’s funding cycles, ensuring a level of funding for the school consistent with its developmental and operational needs.
- To meet with the Oneida Business Committee and to negotiate any disputes which may arise between the Committee and the Board, ensuring the continued carrying out of the Board’s charge and the benefits which must accrue to the students.
- To conduct, or cause to be conducted, long and short-range planning for the development of educational programming for the students attending Tribal-specific programs of study.
- To report to the Oneida Business Committee and the Oneida General Tribal Council on a regular basis, apprising the Tribal leadership of the school’s progress and current issues.