Board of education

The seven elected trustees of the Royal Oak School Board are dedicated to the success of our students and are guided by the district's long-standing Mission Statement.  School board trustees are elected in even-year November elections by the residents of our school district.

Board members work collaboratively to hire and evaluate the superintendent, monitor and create the policies that govern our students and district, and oversee the financial operations of the district. In fact, the board trustees are not involved in the day-to-day operations of the district; that is the responsibility of the Superintendent. 

The school board considers transparent operations and effective communication with all stakeholders of the district to be of the utmost importance. The school board members conduct their business in several ways, working closely with the superintendent and the cabinet. Guided by four officers (president, vice president, secretary, and treasurer) elected each January, the board meets as a whole (7) and also in smaller committees. All meetings are open to the public and provide a time for public comment. Agendas for all meetings are posted online and on the doors of the Administration Office. Generally, board meetings are held on the second Thursday evening at the Administration Office, starting at 6:30 p.m. as of November 11, 2021.




The School Board actively seeks the advice of community members through a wide range of advisory committees and councils. These advisory committees and councils are appointed by the School Board, advise the School Board and, when appropriate, make recommendations on issues or policies related to the successful operation of the school district.

Royal Oak Schools Communication and Point of Contact

It is always good practice to establish and maintain open communication with school staff. Please contact them not only when there are questions or concerns, but also when things are going well. 

Many parent and community questions are easily and completely answered by communicating directly with the educator in charge of the class or program. Whether in the classroom or the cafeteria, or on the playground or practice field, the quickest and easiest solution is usually found with the person most directly involved.  Talk with that person first.  In order to find a time that is satisfactory to both you and the individual involved, you may need to make an appointment.  When you make an appointment, please state the general nature of your question or concern. This allows the staff member to be prepared and gather the necessary information in advance of meeting with you. 

Parents are often discouraged when they first attempt to communicate with the Superintendent and School Board Members in order to resolve a problem their child may be experiencing in school, and are sent back to building-based officials. Please reference the chart below to guide your inquiry.  Any matters that remain unresolved can be brought to the Superintendent.

This document does not supersede the right of any employee or citizen to directly contact the Board of Education or the Superintendent. However, whenever an issue is sent directly to the Board as a whole or to a board member as an individual, it will likely be referred to the administration for study and response.

On Matters Involving Instruction/Curriculum:

On Matters Involving Personnel: 

1. Classroom Teacher

1. Teacher/Para/Custodian, etc.

2. Principal

2. Building Principal

On Matters Involving Athletics or Extra-curricular Activity: On Matters Involving Food Service:

1.  Coach

1.  Principal

2.  Athletic Director

2.  Food Service Director

3.  Principal

On Matters Involving Student Discipline: On Matters Involving Special Education:

1.  Classroom Teacher

1.  Classroom Teacher/Case Worker

2.  Assistant Principal

2.  Principal

3.  Principal

3.  Director of Special Education

On Matters Involving Facilities/Grounds/Bldgs: On Matters Involving Transportation:

1.  Principal

1.  Bus Driver

2.  Director of Operations

2.  Principal


3.  Director of Operations

On Matters Involving Administration:
(Start with the department that involves your concern)

Finance & Operations (payroll, purchasing/budget)
Staff & Student Services (HR/student enrollment)
Curriculum (instruction)
Technology (devices)



While the Board and Superintendent each have distinct roles, we work together as a team of eight. The team’s primary priority is student achievement. The Board of Education-Superintendent working relationship requires trust, mutual respect, understanding and shared purpose.

A simple way of explaining the different responsibilities of a board and a superintendent is that the Board role is to say “what”, and the Superintendent (and his/her staff) role is to say “how”. The Board is responsible for setting the core values, vision, mission, and short/long term goals for the

district. The Superintendent is responsible for implementing the means by which those goals are achieved. The Board will hold the superintendent accountable for achieving these goals.

It is also understood that the Board has one employee, the Superintendent. All of the other district employees, in turn, report either directly or indirectly to the Superintendent. The following table lists some of the specific roles for the Board of Education and the Superintendent:

BOE Roles


The Revised School Code requires school boards to evaluate their superintendent's job performance annually as part of a comprehensive performance evaluation system that takes into account student growth data and requires certain additional factors. The instrument provides school districts a straightforward option for superintendent evaluation. It may be used alone or in conjunction with a facilitated evaluation.