Series 100:  Board Operations
    Code Title:
    Policy Code:
    January 17, 1983
    March 9, 1993
    January 15, 2007
    December 20, 2017
    Policymaking is the primary method by which school boards exercise their statutory authority and broad powers. Therefore, the School Board shall adopt written policies to guide the actions of those to whom it delegates authority and to serve as the basis for school district operations and decision making. Policies shall be systematically coded and shall be available to the public through the District's website.
    In the development of policies, the Board and/or administration may consult, as appropriate, with individuals and groups affected by the policy and those with expertise related to the policy topic. All Board policies should serve an identified purpose, be supportive of the District's vision, mission and beliefs, provide clear guidance, be in compliance with applicable legal requirements, and be consistent with related District policies and provisions of employee collective bargaining agreements (as applicable).
    Proposals for new policies or changes to existing policies may be initiated in writing by any Board member, staff member or community member. The policy proposals shall be referred to the Policy Committee or the District Administrator for study prior to consideration by the Board. The submission of a policy proposal does not guarantee consideration of the proposal by the full Board.
    Adoption of new or revised policies is solely the responsibility of the Board. Recommendations for new or revised policies shall be brought to the Board for consideration at two scheduled Board meetings. At the first meeting, the Board shall discuss the proposed policy and offer any suggested changes. At the second or any later meeting, the Board may vote on the adoption of the policy, including any amendments to the proposed policy as may be approved by the Board. In the event of special circumstances which would preclude following this timeline, or if the proposed policy revision includes only stylistic or minor content changes, the Board may vote to approve the proposed policy at the first meeting at which it is presented. The formal adoption of policies shall be recorded in the Board meeting minutes. Only those proposals so adopted and so recorded shall be regarded as official Board policy and included in the Board policy manual.
    The Board recognizes that while policymaking is its responsibility, the implementation of Board policies is the responsibility of the District Administrator. The District Administrator or designee shall inform staff members, students and other interested persons of Board policies, and develop administrative rules as necessary to ensure effective and consistent policy implementation. Administrative rules may be presented to the Board for informational purposes, but shall not be acted upon by the Board unless deemed appropriate or necessary by the Board and/or administration.
    The District Administrator and the Board share a continuing responsibility to review policies and suggest modifications and changes to them as may be required.
    The Board shall review the Board's and District Administrator's effectiveness in carrying out their policy development, review and implementation responsibilities as part of the annual Board self-evaluation and District Administrator evaluation processes.
    Legal References
    Wisconsin Statutes
    [board power to do all things reasonable for the cause of education, including
    making rules for the organization, gradation and government of the schools]