The Board of Education governs using written policies. Written policies ensure legal compliance, establish Board processes, articulate District ends, delegate authority, and define operating limits. Board policies also provide the basis for monitoring progress toward District ends.
It is through the development and adoption of written policies that the Board shall exercise its leadership in the operation of the school system; it is through study and evaluation of reports concerning the execution of its written policies that the Board shall exercise its control over school operations.
The Board considers policy development its chief function, along with providing the personnel, buildings, materials and equipment for the successful administration and execution of its policies.
Anyone may propose new policies, changes to existing policies, or deletion of existing policies. Staff suggestions should be processed through the Superintendent. Suggestions from all others may be made to the Board President or the Superintendent.
The Personnel, Policy and Administration Committee will consider all policy suggestions, and provide information and recommendations to the Board.
The Superintendent is responsible for: (1) providing relevant policy information and data to the Board, (2) notifying those who will be affected by a proposed policy and obtaining their advice and suggestions, and (3) having policy recommendations drafted into written form for Board deliberation. The Superintendent shall seek the counsel of the school attorney when appropriate.
Policy Adoption and Dissemination
Policies or policy revisions will not be adopted at the Board meeting at which they are first introduced, except when: (1) appropriate for a consent agenda because no Board discussion is required, or (2) necessary or prudent in order to meet emergency or special conditions or to be legally compliant. Further Board consideration will be given at a subsequent meeting(s) and after opportunity for community input. The adoption of a policy will serve to supersede all previously adopted policies on the same topic.
The Board of Education policies are available for public inspection in the administrative office during regular office hours. Copy requests should be made under the District’s Access to Public Records Policy.
Board Policy Review and Evaluation
The Board of Education will monitor its policies and consider whether any modifications are required. The Board may use an annual policy review calendar.
The Board will support any reasonable interpretation of Board of Education policy made by the Superintendent. If reasonable minds differ, the Board will review policy and consider the need for further clarification.
In the absence of Board of Education policy, the Superintendent is authorized to take appropriate action.
Suspension of Policies
The Board, by a majority vote of members present at any meeting, may temporarily suspend a Board policy not established by law or contract. The failure to suspend with a specific motion does not invalidate the Board action.
LEGAL REF.: 105 ILCS 5/10-20.5.
CROSS REF.: 2:150 (Committees), 2:250 (Access to District Public Records), 3:40 (Superintendent)
ADOPTED: October 22, 2007
REVISED: January 25, 2010