The two main issues for charter school governing boards are finances and student performance. The board's time and energy should reflect how important these two issues are. When charter school boards spend time discussing inconsequential things, the entire school community flounders.
A charter school administrator implemented the school's motto: "First Comes Learning." When the students asked for lockers, he asked how that would affect their learning. Everything that happened at the school went through the "First Comes Learning" filter.
Imagine if a charter school governing board ran everything through such a filter. Topics on the board agenda not related to student performance could go on the consent agenda. Staff would have the authority to make decisions and manage the daily operations of the charter school. The board would be the visionary leaders of their school community and students would probably realize increased academic potential.