BYLAWS AND POLICIES
The Board of Education shall exercise its rule-making power by adopting bylaws and policies for the organization and operation of the school district.
Adoption, Amendment, and Repeal
Bylaws and policies may be adopted, amended, and repealed at any meeting of the Board, provided the proposed adoption, amendment, or repeal has been proposed and approved at a previous meeting of the Board.
The Board may at its organization meeting and by a majority vote of those present and voting readopt existing bylaws and policies without prior notice.
The Board may, under emergency circumstances, suspend the operation of a bylaw or policy and adopt, amend, or repeal a bylaw or policy without prior notice. The emergency adoption, amendment, or repeal of a bylaw or policy shall terminate at the next meeting of the Board or at such earlier date as may be specified by the Board unless further acted upon by the Board.
The adoption, amendment, repeal, or suspension of a bylaw or policy shall be recorded in the minutes of the Board. Any policy or part of a policy that is superseded by a term in a negotiated agreement or by a subsequently adopted policy shall no longer be in force and effect as a policy.
Promulgation and Distribution
A manual of bylaws and policies shall be maintained.
The manual of bylaws and policies shall be considered a public record open to inspection in the office of the School Business Administrator/Board Secretary. The manual retained by the School Business Administrator/Board Secretary shall be considered the master copy of the policy manual and shall not be modified by any person other than the School Business Administrator/Board Secretary or his/her designee.
Bylaws and policies shall be posted on the school district website to provide ready access to Board members, employees and the general public.
Development of Bylaws and Policies
Bylaws and policies will be developed and considered by the Board in accordance with the following procedure:
- A new or revised bylaw or policy may be suggested to the Board by any Board member, the Superintendent, any staff member, or a member of the public;
- A suggestion for a new or revised bylaw or policy may be referred to the Superintendent for study and formulation of a recommendation to the Board Policy Committee. Any study of a policy suggestion should consider whether the matter is adequately addressed in existing Board policy and whether the matter is more appropriately addressed by administrative regulation;
- If a recommendation for a new or revised bylaw or policy results from referral for study, a proposed draft will be submitted to the Board for approval on first reading. Copies of the proposed draft will be made available to staff members and the public, and comment will be invited. Changes in the draft may be made, by a simple majority vote, when the draft is presented for approval on first reading;
The proposed draft, approved on first reading, will be submitted for adoption at the next regular meeting of the Board. Changes in the draft may be made by a simple majority vote. A change that alters the substantive meaning of the draft will constitute a new first reading, and the draft must be presented for adoption at the next succeeding Board meeting. A change that is merely editorial may be followed by a vote to adopt the new or revised bylaw or policy on second reading.