State law authorizes the Board of Education to adopt, revise, and repeal policies to serve as guides for its own operation and for the efficient operation of the District’s schools. The Board is also authorized to delegate its policy-making responsibilities to the Superintendent or Superintendent’s designee, to the extent consistent with state and federal law.
In accordance with applicable law, therefore, the Board has adopted its own governance policies covering the four areas where the Board can most effectively carry out its responsibilities as trustees of the community. These governing policies shall be considered “Board Governance Policies.”
In addition, the Board delegates its policy-making responsibilities to the Superintendent or Superintendent’s designee, to the extent consistent with Board Governance Policies and as authorized by applicable law. This delegation, however, shall be subject to the Board’s right to review, revise, and/or reject any new policy or policy revision proposed or approved by the Superintendent or Superintendent’s designee. Policies adopted or revised by the Superintendent or Superintendent’s designee pursuant to the Board’s delegation shall be considered “District Policies.” Although most District Policies may be adopted, revised, or repealed by the Superintendent or Superintendent’s designee pursuant to the Board’s delegation, there are a few District Policies that the Board is legally required to adopt. All of these policies, however, whether adopted by the Board or by the Superintendent, shall be considered District Policies.
When considering the adoption of a new Board Governance Policy or new District Policy, the Board shall adhere to the following procedure:
1. First meeting - the proposal shall be presented for a first reading and discussion.
2. Second meeting - the proposal shall be presented for a second reading, discussion, and final vote.
Under unusual circumstances, the Board may temporarily approve a new Board Governance Policy or new District Policy to meet emergency conditions; however, the above procedure is required before the new policy shall be considered permanent.
When considering the revision or repeal of an existing Board Governance Policy or existing District Policy, such proposal shall be presented at a Board meeting for a first reading, discussion, and final vote, unless a second reading is requested by a majority vote of the Board.
During discussion of any policy proposal, whether it be the adoption of a new policy or the revision or repeal of an existing policy, the views of the public and staff will be considered. Amendments may be proposed by Board members. An amendment will not require that the policy go through an additional reading pursuant to the above procedures except as the Board determines that the amendment needs further study and that an additional reading would be desirable.
Current practice codified 1978
Adopted: date of manual adoption
Revised: November 19, 2002
GP 2, Policy Making Principles
GP 3.1, Board Responsibilities
GP 3.4, Continuous Quality Management Responsibilities
GP 3.4.4, Acting
BSL 1, Providing Direction to the Superintendent
BSL 1.1, Delegation to the Superintendent