It is important for a principal to understand the organization of the North American Division (NAD) K-12 school system and how the church governs that structure. The accompanying flowchart provides highlights of the relationships as they relate specifically to principals. Notice that some of the arrows indicate lines of authority, and others indicate advisory functions.
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NAD Working Policy and the Church Manual contain the basic policies for the operation of the Adventist Church and related institutions. Union conference Education Codes are the primary source for many more policies and guidelines that accommodate most state/provincial laws pertaining to education.
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