BCC – Foundations and Basic Commitments: District Educational Philosphy

Foundations and Basic Commitments
District Educational Philosophy
Philosophy—

The District was established by the state legislature, under the authority
contained in the Utah State Constitution, for the sole purpose of providing an
education to the students of the District. While the establishment of the District also
provides other services, such as caring for students during the school day, providing
employment to the school staff, and providing facilities for the use of the community,
all of these services are necessarily subordinate to the District’s prime function of
providing an education to students. The Board of Education is elected by the
citizens of the community to ensure that this responsibility is accomplished.
However, the Board recognizes that it cannot accomplish this objective unless all of
the sectors of the school community also accept and perform their responsibilities.
The Board considers the responsibilities of these elements of the school community
to be essential:
● Students
o Education is an opportunity provided to the children of the District
by their community. The Board expects that all students will learn
to recognize the value of this opportunity, and will therefore work
diligently to help ensure that their maximum potentials are realized.
The Board further expects that all students will recognize that their
fellow students have the right to be educated, and will avoid any
action that may interfere with their ability to exercise that right.
o The Board believes that education should develop habits, attitudes,
understanding, and skills necessary for a productive, satisfying life
in society. Students should be taught to understand the duties and
privileges of responsible citizenship as such duties and privileges
relate to themselves as individuals and to the whole community.
The vast changes brought about by increasing technology,
population, and urbanization must also be taught. The input and
support of the citizens of the community, and especially the
professional staff, are solicited as the school community endeavors
to develop the attitudes and abilities demanded in this age of rapid
change.
● Staff
o The Board fulfills its responsibility for the education of students by
employing first a competent Superintendent, on whose
recommendation it also employs a competent staff. As a condition
of this employment, the Board expects each staff member’s best
efforts to be exerted toward the accomplishment of the educational
objectives of the District. Because education is imparted primarily
by teachers, the Board specifically places responsibility for
maintaining and expanding educational ability on each teacher, to
the end that each student may reach maximum potential and
develop a sense of dignity and self-worth.
● Parents
o The Board recognizes that the ultimate responsibility for the
well-being of all children rest with their parents. All parents are
expected to participate in the District’s educational effort by
ensuring maximum attendance of their children, by assuring that
their children cooperate in the educational endeavor of the District,
and by fostering an attitude in their children that recognizes the
importance of education and life-long learning.
● Community
o The resources necessary to provide education for students are
provided by members of the community through their taxes and
other supporting services. The Board’s goal is that all members of
the community, both individually and through their governmental,
civic, and social organizations, will continue to support the
educational activities of the District.
In consideration of the accomplishment of these responsibilities by each
sector of the school community listed above, the Board of Education, with the
concurrence of each individual board member, pledges its best efforts to ensure that
the District is governed effectively and efficiently so that the goal of an appropriate
and outstanding educational experience is available for all students of the District.