• Board Powers and Duties: 9020

  • Section 9000: Board By-Laws
    Board Powers and Duties
    Board Policy: 9020
    Board of Education (BE)
    Approval: 11/9/16

    The Role of the Board of Education is defined in Policy 1060. The Legislature of the state of Oregon delegates to the Board responsibility for the conduct and governance of the College. The general powers granted to the Board are:

    Legislative or Rule-Making Authority

    • In regular or special public meetings, after open discussion, the Board will establish rules or policy by recorded member vote to govern the conduct of its members and the proceedings of the Board.
    • The Board will establish policies for governing the College and students consistent with Higher Education Coordinating Commission rules and with local, state and federal laws.
    • The Board is responsible for providing adequate and direct means for keeping informed about the needs and wishes of the public and for keeping local citizens informed about the College. Public documents will be made available on the College website “mhcc.edu.”

    Judicial Authority

    As provided by law, policy or contract, the Board may act as a fact-finding body or a court of appeal for staff members, students and the public when issues involve Board policies or agreements and their implementation, and when the Board must determine the rights, duties or obligations of those who address the Board.

    Executive/Administrative Authority

    1. The Board will determine selection procedures to appoint a president who will establish administrative regulations to implement Board policy and goals. The Board will evaluate the president's performance.
    2. The Board may establish academic and financial goals for the College and evaluate the president's implementation of those goals.
    3. The Board will oversee the College’s financial affairs by authorizing, appropriating and adopting budgets and by proposing tax levy or bond elections, when appropriate and as allowed by law, to provide for program operation, maintenance, capital improvements or acquisition of College property.
    4. The Board will authorize the president to approve payment on all contracts and business transactions of the College in accordance with Board policies related to purchasing and budget requirements. The Board will provide for an annual audit of the district's assets.
    5. The Board will direct, through the President, the collective bargaining process to establish labor contracts with the College's personnel. The Board will establish, through the collective bargaining process where appropriate, salaries and salary schedules, other terms and conditions of employment, and personnel policies for College -wide application.
    6. The Board will approve an annual academic calendar.


    Legal Reference:
    ORS 192.630
    ORS 243.656
    ORS 279
    ORS 294.305 - 294.565
    ORS 341.290
    ORS 341.505