One of the most important duties of a school board is to determine lawful school board policy.
A board that takes responsibility for its policymaking roles is able to turn its policy manual into a living document that provides good governance directives to the district at all times.
A school board policy manual requires constant review and revision in response to changing state and federal laws, regulations, and court cases, as well as changes in society and the community.
School board policy must be written and available to the public. It should:
- Provide a statement to the community of district goals,
- Delegate authority to the superintendent,
- Define operating limits,
- Ensure legal compliance,
- Establish board processes, and
- Provide for monitoring district progress.
IASB offers a full range of policy services and tools designed to meet the unique needs of your school board:
PRESS is the IASB policy and procedure information and updating service. This subscription service has two components: the Policy Reference Manual, an encyclopedia of sample policies and procedures, legally referenced and footnoted; and periodic update issues. PRESS is an essential tool for keeping your board policy and administrative procedures manuals up-to-date. Both the Policy Reference Manual and the periodic update issues are web-published.
An IASB policy consultant will work with the board and superintendent to develop a new and up-to-date local school board policy manual. This policy manual will be based upon IASB’s Policy Reference Manual and will be customized to include your district’s current policy and practices, as appropriate.
This customized, full-maintenance policy update service, based on PRESS, helps districts to keep their policy manuals up to date with changes in law, regulations, and local conditions by providing online access to customized draft updates, and incorporating board adopted changes into the local manual, saving staff valuable time. Available to districts that have completed a Policy Manual Customization.
An IASB policy consultant will work with your district staff to develop new and up-to-date administrative procedures to implement the board policy manual. These administrative procedures will be based upon the same procedures and exhibits contained in the IASB Policy Reference Manual and your district’s current practices. Available to districts that have developed and maintained or updated their current policy manual with IASB Policy Services.
This service provides easy internet access to your current board policy with quick updates, complete searches for words or phrases, and timesaving links to legal references and cross-references. No more three-ringed binders to maintain. Enjoy the benefits of a paperless policy manual.
This web service streamlines the preparation, distribution, and publishing of agenda packets. Electronically distribute materials, post on your website, and conduct paperless meetings.