200 Policies: Board Governance and Operations

The policies in this section outline the responsibilities and expectations that guide the work of the School Board.

201: School Board Legal Status

The care, management and control of the schools is vested by statutory and constitutional authority in the School Board. The School Board shall carry out the mission of the School District with diligence, prudence, and dedication to the ideals of providing the finest public education. The purpose of this policy is to define the authority, duties and powers of the School Board in carrying out its mission.

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202: Board Position Responsibilities

School Board officers are charged with the duty of carrying out the responsibilities entrusted to them by the Board for the care, management, and control of the public schools of the school district. The purpose of this policy is to delineate those responsibilities.

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203: Operation of the School Board-Governing Rules

The purpose of this policy is to provide governing rules for the conduct of meetings of the School Board.

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203.1: School Board Procedures; Rules of Order

The purpose of this policy is to provide specific rules of order to conduct meetings of the School Board.

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203.2: Order of the Regular School Board Meeting

The purpose of this policy is to ensure consistency in the order of business at regular School Board meetings.

203.5: School Board Meeting Agenda

The purpose of this policy is to provide procedures for the preparation of the School Board meeting agenda to ensure that the School Board can accomplish its business as efficiently and expeditiously as possible.

203.6: Consent Agendas

The purpose of this policy is to allow the use of a consent agenda.

204: School Board Meeting Minutes

The purpose of this policy is to establish procedures relating to the maintenance of records of the School Board and the publication of its official publications.

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205: Open Meetings and Closed Meetings

The School Board embraces the philosophy of openness in the conduct of its business, in the belief that openness produces better programs, more efficiency in adminstration of programs, and an organization more responsive to public interest and less susceptible to private interest.

206: Public Participation in School Board Meetings

The School Boared recognizes the value of participation by the public in deliberations and decisions on School District matters.

207: Public Hearings

The purpose of this policy is to establish procedures to efficiently recieve public input.

208: Development, Adoption, Implementation and Communication of Policies

The purpose of this policy is to emphasize the importance of the policy-making role of the School Board and provide the means for it to continue to be an ongoing effort.

209: School Board Code of Ethics and Operating Principles

The purpose of this policy is to assist School Board members in recognizing the role of individual School Board members and the contribution that each must make to develop an effective and responsible school board. It is the intention of the Board to function in a manner consistent with the Code of Ethics of the National School Boards Association and the District’s Code of Ethics as outlined in the Strategic Plan for the District.

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210: Conflict of Interest-School Board Members

The purpose of this policy is to observe state statutes regarding conflicts of interest and to engage in School District business activities in a fashion designed to avoid any conflict of interest or the appearance of impropriety.

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211: Criminal or Civil Action Against School District, School Board Member, Employee, or Student

The purpose of this policy is to provide guidance as to the School District's position, right, and responsibilities when a civil or criminal action is pending against the School District, or a School Board member, School District employee or student.

212: School Board Member Development

In recognition of the need for continuing inservice training and development fot its members, the purpose of this policy is to encourage the members of the School Board to participate in professional development activities designed for them so that they may perform their responsibilities.

214: Out of State Travel by School Board Members

The purpose of this policy is to control out-of-state travel by School Board members as required by law.

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250: School Board Elections

To provide guidelines and regulations to facilitate the school board election process.

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251: Appointed School Board Officials

The School Board may appoint Board Officials to serve as Board Designee for certain purposes, such as Clerk of the Board or other appointed role. Should the Board appoint a District staff member to serve as an appointed Board Official, the services will be considered separate and distinct. Only on the duties that are the legal function of the Board, will the appointed person report directly to the Board; on other duties, the appointed person will report through the superintendent. The Board Appointee will be responsible for carrying out the duties prescribed by law and established by the Board.

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253: Board Member Compensation and Expenses

Board members will be compensated according to the rate of compensation established in the annual organizational meeting.

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254: Board Member and Employees Insurance

The Board of Education is an agency of government whose powers and duties can be exercised only by a decision of the majority of its members in official session. The individual members and all School District employees function as agents of the Board.

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255: School Board Legislative Program

The Board, as an agent of the State, must operate within the bounds of state and federal laws affecting public education. If the Board is to meet its responsibilities to the residents and students of the community, it must work vigorously for the passage of new laws designed to advance the cause of good schools and for the repeal or modification of existing laws that impede this cause.

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256: School Board & Superintendent Performance Evaluation and Planning

The Board and superintendent believe that optimum effectiveness of the School Board and superintendent as a leadership team can be greatly enhanced and facilitated by a systematic planning and evaluation process.

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