BF(LOCAL) - BOARD POLICIES
Within the context of current law, the District shall be guided by Board-adopted written policies that are given appropriate distribution and are accessible to staff members, parents, students, and community residents.
Legally referenced policies contain provisions from federal and state statutes and regulations, case law, and other legal authority that together form the framework for local decision making and implementation. These policies are binding on the District until the cited provisions are repealed, revised, or superseded by legislative, regulatory, or judicial action.
Legally referenced policies are not adopted by the Board.
At each policy code the legally referenced policy and the Board-adopted local policy must be read together to further a full understanding of a topic.
The terms "Trustee" and "Board member" are used interchangeably in the local policy manual. Both terms are intended to reflect all the duties and obligations of the office.
[See AB for District name terminology.]
Harmony with Law
Newly enacted law is applicable when effective. No policy or regulation, or any portion thereof, shall be operative if it is found to be in conflict with applicable law.
If any portion of a policy or its application to any person or circumstance is found to be invalid, that invalidity shall not affect other provisions or applications of policy that can be given effect without the invalid provision or application; and to this end the provisions of this policy manual are declared to be severable.
Policies and policy amendments may be initiated by the Superintendent, Board members, school personnel, or community citizens, but generally shall be recommended for the Board's consideration by the Superintendent.
Official Policy Manual
The Board shall designate one copy of the local policy manual as the official policy manual of the District. The official copy shall be kept in the central administration office, and the Superintendent shall be responsible for its accuracy and integrity and shall maintain a historical record of the District's policy manual.
Adoption and Amendment
Local policies may be adopted or amended by a majority of the Board at any regular or special meeting, provided that Board members have had advance written notice of the proposed change and that it has been placed on the agenda for such meeting.
Local policies become effective upon Board adoption or at a future date designated by the Board at the time of adoption.
Local Board policies shall consist of written statements officially adopted by the Board to serve as guidelines for administrative action. These statements shall be specific enough to give clear direction and guidance to the Superintendent and the District's staff but broad enough to allow for the use of administrative skills and discretion in making decisions.
TASB Localized Updates
After Board review of legally referenced policies and adoption of local policies, the new material shall be incorporated into the official policy manual and into other localized policy manuals maintained by the District. If discrepancies occur between different copies of the manual, the version contained in the official policy manual shall be regarded as authoritative.