The Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools Board of Education is comprised of nine members elected to four-year terms of office. Board members are elected from two districts within our county. District 1 elects two members, four are elected from District 2 and an additional three are at-large seats. Members of the board receive compensation equal to one half the amount paid to the county commissioners. The board acts only when meeting in official session with a quorum of five members. A majority of the members must be present and voting for a motion to pass. No one acts in the name of the board unless authorized by the board to do so.
The superintendent is appointed by the board and administers the school system in accordance with board policy and state law. He/She manages the budget, supervises staff and students, and makes recommendations about the operation of the school system.
The public is invited to participate in all scheduled board meetings. All meetings are held at the Education Building, 4801 Bethania Station Road in Winston-Salem. An agenda or "Board book" will be provided for each session and is available at the media table in the back of the auditorium. Board books also are available at the link on the left. To speak to the board during a session, please register at the media table. Public comments are welcome and will be heard during the "Meeting Open to the Public" item on the agenda. Please limit your remarks to three minutes. The board recorder will time each speaker. The chairman may grant an additional two minutes, if requested. Although the board will listen to your concerns about individual school problems, it recommends first working with teachers and principals of those schools, who can resolve most problems. If you believe that a law, policy or rule has been violated, you should use the grievance procedure established by the board. Matters which cannot be resolved at the school level should be taken to the appropriate assistant superintendent, then to the superintendent before approaching the board.