200 Series – School Board
201 – Legal Status Of The School Board
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.
203 – Operations Of The School Board - Procedures; Governing And Specific Rules Of Order
The purpose of this policy is to provide governing and specific rules of order to conduct meetings of the school board.
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 proceedings.
205 – Open Meetings and Closed Meetings
A. 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 administration of programs, and an organization more responsive to public interest and less susceptible to private interest. The school board shall conduct its business under a presumption of openness. At the same time, the school board recognizes and respects the privacy rights of individuals as provided by law. The school board also recognizes that there are certain exceptions to the Minnesota Open Meeting Law as recognized in statute where it has been determined that, in limited circumstances, the public interest is best served by closing a meeting of the school board.
B. The purpose of this policy is to provide guidelines to assure the rights of the public to be present at school board meetings, while also protecting the individual’s rights to privacy under law, and to close meetings when the public interest so requires as recognized by law.
206 – Public Participation In School Board Meetings and Hearings
A. The school board recognizes the value of participation by the public in deliberations and decisions on school district matters. The importance of conducting orderly and efficient proceedings, with opportunity for expression of all participants’ respective views, and obtaining public input on matters properly before the school board.
B. The purpose of this policy is to provide for the school board to efficiently receive public input on matters properly before the school board, and to provide procedures to assure open and orderly public discussion, and to protect the due process and privacy rights of individuals under the law.
208 – Development, Adoption, And Implementation 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 – Code Of Ethics
The purpose of this policy is to assist the individual school board member in understanding his or her role as part of a school board and in recognizing the contribution that each member must make to develop an effective and responsible school board.
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.
211 – Criminal or Civil Action Against School District
The purpose of this policy is to provide guidance as to the school district’s position, rights, and responsibilities when a civil or criminal action is pending against the school district, or a school board member, school district employee or student.
213 – School Board Committees
The purpose of this policy is to provide for the structure and the operation of committees or subcommittees of the school board.
214 – School Board Out of State Travel
The purpose of this policy is to control out-of-state travel by school board members as required by law.
299 – Student Representative
The purpose of this policy is to provide for student input on the school board through the establishment of a student representative who shall be an ex officio member of the school board.