208: Development, Adoption, Implementation and Communication of Policies

Policy reflects Minnesota statute and aligns with other District 270 policies.

I. PURPOSE

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.

II. GENERAL STATEMENT OF POLICY

Formal guidelines are necessary to ensure the school community that the school system responds to its mission and operates in an effective, efficient and consistent manner. A set of written policy statements shall be maintained and modified as needed. Policies should define the desire and intent of the School Board and should be in a form which is sufficiently explicit to guide administrative action.

III. DEVELOPMENT OF POLICY

A. The School Board has jurisdiction to legislate policy for the School District with the force and effect of law. School board policy provides the general direction as to what the School Board wishes to accomplish while delegating implementation of policy to the administration.

B. The School Board's written policies provide guidelines and goals to the school community. The policies shall be the basis for the formulation of guidelines and directives by the administration. The School Board shall determine the effectiveness of the policies by evaluating periodic reports from the administration.

C. Policies may be proposed by a School Board member, employee, student or resident of the school district. Proposed policies or ideas shall be submitted to the superintendent or Policy advisor committee (for review prior to possible placement on the School Board agenda).

IV. ADOPTION OF POLICY

A. The School Board shall give notice of proposed policy changes or adoption of new policies by placing the item on the agenda of two School Board meetings. The proposals shall be distributed and public comment will be allowed at both meetings prior to final School Board action.

B. The final action taken to adopt the proposed policy shall be approved by a simple majority vote of the School Board at a subsequent meeting after the meetings at which public input was received. The policy will be effective on the later of the date of passage or the date stated in the motion.

C. When there is no School Board policy in existence to provide guidance on a matter, the superintendent is authorized to act appropriately under the circumstances keeping in mind the educational philosophy and financial condition of the school district. Under such circumstances, the superintendent or designee shall advise the School Board of the need for a policy and present a recommended policy to the School Board for approval as soon as practicable.

D. If a policy is modified because of a legal change over which the School Board has no control, the modified policy may be approved at one meeting at the discretion of the School Board.

V. COMMUNICATION OF POLICY

A. It shall be the responsibility of the superintendent or designee to implement School Board policies, and to develop administrative guidelines and directives to provide greater specificity and consistency in the process of implementation. These guidelines and directives, including employee and student handbooks, shall be subject to review by the School Board.

B. The School Board and superintendent or designee, shall develop and implement a scheduled review of policies.

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Adopted: February 14, 1985
Revised: September, 2004, May 8, 2014, November 20, 2014
Reviewed: October 4, 2016, September 3, 2019