THE UNION EDUCATION CODE
The union Education Code clarifies and details the role and responsibilities of people, committees, school boards, local conferences, and unions. Superintendents of schools are expected to disseminate and/or make available the most current digital copy of the code.
Each union conference has an Education Code that is a compilation of policies and provisions that are related to the:
- operation, and
- maintenance of the Seventh-day Adventist church-school system.
Administrators of schools, conferences, and unions, along with boards of education, work cooperatively to develop and update the policies contained in the Education Code. In instances where the code is silent, conferences and schools may work collaboratively to:
- develop policies, procedures, or practices to meet local needs.
- recommend policy adoption to the union for inclusion in the Education Code.
Superintendents should have a working knowledge of:
- curriculum needs and requirements.
- Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC).
- employment policies.
- establishing and closing of schools.
- financial information (understanding/developing budgets, audits, and financial statements).
- graduation requirements—elementary and secondary.
- Home and School Association—role and function.
- legal issues.
- organizational structure of junior and senior academies.
- personnel management.
- promoting Adventist education—marketing and recruiting.
- relationship of church and school.
- school evaluations and accreditation.
- Seventh-day Adventist educational philosophy/objectives.
- superintendent’s responsibilities.