Updated: Feb 5, 2020
NEPN/NSBA Code: BG-R
POLICY ADOPTION PROCEDURE
The following procedure shall be used to adopt, review, revise or delete Board policies:
A. Individual Board members, the Superintendent, and other school staff and interested parties should submit policy suggestions and concerns to the Superintendent.
B. The Board and Superintendent shall review and research each suggestion in accordance with Board policies and prepare draft policies as appropriate. Under normal circumstances, policies will be considered in a two-reading process.
C. At an appropriate stage in the process, the Board shall contact the representative teacher organization to meet and consult regarding any proposed new or changed educational policy.
To the fullest extent practical, the Board shall also discuss the proposal with other groups affected by the policy.
D. A new policy, revision, or deletion of a policy shall be placed on the agenda of a regular Board meeting (first reading). Board members shall receive the policy and recommendations in advance of the meeting date. Discussion may take place on the substance of the policy. Any changes to the policy agreed to by consensus or formally adopted amendment shall be made prior to the second reading.
E. At the next regular meeting, the policy shall be placed on the agenda for second reading and action. Amendments may be introduced and acted upon. If the main motion does not pass by a majority vote of the full Board, the process for that policy is ended unless further consideration of the policy is tabled to a specific date.
F. Immediately upon approval, policies/revisions/deletions shall be disseminated. Policies deleted and changed shall be recalled. The Superintendent/designee shall ensure that all policy manuals are kept up-to-date.
Legal Reference: 26 MRSA § 965.1,C
Adopted: March 12, 1987
Revised: October 19, 2000
Revised: May 16, 2013