It is the Board’s responsibility to develop governing and operational policies. A systematic, predictable means of developing and adopting policy will promote community, school, parent and student involvement in policy development of the Board and will encourage careful and well informed decision making by the Board.
Accordingly, the Board will develop new policy, repeal or substantially revise existing policy as follows:
- Policy Introduction
- A board member may introduce a new or revised policy or repeal of existing policy if the board member has notified the Board Chairman in sufficient time for the item to be considered and placed on a Board agenda.
- A community member, student, parent, staff member, teacher or administrator may seek introduction of a new or revised policy or repeal of an existing policy by submitting it in writing to the Superintendent or Board.
- First Reading
- Any policy that is formally introduced pursuant to the terms of Policy Introduction above, shall be given on a first reading by the Board at the scheduled time on an agenda. After the first reading of the policy, the Board will open discussion to those attending the meeting for comment on the policy. After all comments have been received the Board will discuss the policy.
- If the policy fails a vote to meet the approval of a majority of the members of the Board, it will be eliminated from further discussion. The policy may be redrafted and resubmitted following policy introduction.
- If the policy, with or without amendments, receives the vote of a majority of the Board it will be placed on the agenda for second reading at the next regular board meeting.
- Second Reading
- A policy that is approved on First Reading above shall receive a second reading. After the reading, the Board will open discussion to those attending the meeting for comment on the policy. After all comments have been received, the Board will discuss the policy.
- After the second reading, upon motion duly made and seconded, the policy may be adopted with or without amendments by approval of a majority of the board. If extensive or controversial amendments are necessary, the Board may table and reschedule another reading pursuant to Second Reading above at its next regularly scheduled board meeting.
- Form of Readings
- Readings of policy may be aloud or silent at the discretion of the Chairman. Copies of the proposed policy will be available for review at the District office.
Policy Advisory Committees
When a policy is needed to set new and important directions for the school system, or when a proposed policy would substantially alter a major program or mode of operation, an ad hoc committee may be named to examine policy needs in depth and make recommendations to the board. Such committee may be appointed by the Superintendent or Board and may be composed of persons representative of the administrative staff, instructional and non-instructional staff, parents, students, and/or general community as appropriate to the policy area under consideration. Such committee will be given guidelines as to how and when they will make their reports.
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