Maine state law charges school boards with the responsibility to manage the schools. This is done, essentially, by selecting a superintendent and providing him/her with authority and direction. It is not the duty of the Board to operate the schools, but to see that they are well-operated.

The Board concerns itself, primarily, with broad questions of policy, rather than with administrative details. The application of policies is an administrative task to be performed by the superintendent and his/her staff, who shall be held responsible for the effective administration and supervision of the entire school system.

Members of the Board have the authority only when acting as a board legally in session. The Board shall not be bound in any way by an action or statement of an individual member, except when such statement or action is in pursuance of specific instructions for the Board.