The Board of Education oversees and maintains New Canaan’s public schools. In doing so, it prepares and proposes the annual district-wide budget; designates the schools to be attended by students; provides transportation for children; makes a continuing study of the need for school facilities and of a long-term building program; operates and maintains all buildings, lands, apparatus and other property used for school purposes; prescribes the rules for the management, studies, classification and discipline of the schools; prescribes the textbooks to be used; develops, adopts and implements written policies concerning homework, attendance, promotion and retention; approves all expenditures for purposes of public education; furnishes to the State Department of Education data required in the periodic reports specified by state statute; adopts and files with the State Board of Education all required policy statements; and negotiates collective bargaining agreements with employees’ exclusive bargaining representatives.