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SCHOOL BOARD POLICY PROCESS
The MSAD #11 Board of Directors considers policy development essential to its governance of the District.
It is the intent of the MSAD #11 Board to develop written policies to serve as the framework for the successful and efficient functioning of the school district.
The MSAD #11 Board accepts the definition of policy set forth by the National School Boards Association:
MSAD #11 School Board policies are statements that set forth the purposes and prescribe in general terms the organization and program of a school system. They create a framework within which the Superintendent and the staff can discharge their assigned duties with positive direction. They tell what is wanted. They may also indicate why and how much. Policies should define clearly the goals and objectives of the school system, allow for the flexibility that is vital in day-to-day operations, reflect the board’s vision, define roles and responsibilities (who is supposed to do what), and include measurable outcomes.
The MSAD #11 Board’s policies are framed and meant to be interpreted in terms of federal laws and regulations, state statutes and the rules of the Maine Department of Education, State Board of Education, and other regulatory agencies at various levels of government. The MSAD #11 Board’s policies are also intended to reflect the MSAD #11 Board’s educational philosophy and instructional objectives and practices and procedures that are supported by research and generally accepted by leaders and authorities in the field of public education.
It is the MSAD #11 Board’s intent that its policies set goals and provide direction and guidance for administrators, staff, and students and serve as sources of information for parents, community members and others who are interested in or connected with the schools.
The MSAD #11 Board regards policy development and review as an ongoing process. The need for a new policy or revision or deletion of an existing policy may arise from a change in law and/or regulations, modification of the school district’s vision or goals, educational research or trends, the occurrence of a significant incident or a recommendation or request from MSAD #11 Board members, school administrators, staff, parents, students or other interested persons.
Adoption of new or revised policies and repeal of existing policies is solely the responsibility of the MSAD #11 Board. Policies will be adopted, amended or repealed only by the affirmative vote of a majority of members present and voting.
Policies shall become effective upon MSAD #11 Board adoption or at a future date designed by the MSAD #11 Board at the time of adoption.
The Superintendent/designee will be responsible for distributing new or revised policies to MSAD #11 Board members and for making policies accessible to school personnel, students and the public.
Legal Reference: 20-A MRSA § 1001 (1)(A)
Cross Reference: BEDF- Voting Method
BG-R – Policy Adoption Procedure
Adopted: Prior to 1985
Revised: June 5, 1986; November 1, 1990; October 1, 1992; June 15, 2006; March 3, 2011