In the state of Illinois, the local school districts were created by the state legislature to execute the educational policy as defined in the constitution as a state government function. The Board of Education has specific duties and responsibilities to fulfill. Among them:
- Selection of the Superintendent of Schools
- Establishment of general policies for the school system
- Employment of school personnel upon recommendation of the superintendent
- Adoption of the annual budget and approval of all expenditures
- Informing the public of the needs and the progress of the educational system
- Exercising the legislative powers conferred or implied by the legislature in administering school functions
The Lincoln-Way Community High School District 210 Board of Education consists of seven citizens of the school district, each of whom is elected for a four-year term. Any adult resident may run for election to the board providing he or she meets certain legal qualifications. School board members serve without pay.