100 Series - School District
101 - LEGAL STATUS OF THE SCHOOL DISTRICT
 
I. PURPOSE
A primary principle of this nation is that the public welfare demands an educated and informed citizenry. The power to provide for public education is a state function vested in the state legislature and delegated to local school districts. The purpose of this policy is to clarify the legal status of the school district.
 
II.  GENERAL STATEMENT OF POLICY
A.   The school district is a public corporation subject to the control of the legislature, limited only by constitutional restrictions. The school district has been created for educational purposes.
 
B.   The legislature has authority to prescribe the school district’s powers and privileges, its boundaries and territorial jurisdictions.
 
C.   The school district has only the powers conferred on it by the legislature; however, the school board’s authority to conduct the business of the school district includes implied powers in addition to any specific powers granted by the legislature.
 
III.  RELATIONSHIP TO OTHER ENTITIES
A.  The school district is a separate legal entity.
 
B.   The school district is coordinate with and not subordinate to the county(ies) in which it is situated.
 
C. The school district is not subservient to municipalities within its territory.
 
IV.   POWERS AND AUTHORITY OF THE
SCHOOL DISTRICT
A.   Funds.
 
1.   The school district, through its school board, has authority to raise funds for the operation and maintenance of its schools, and authority to manage and expend such funds, subject to applicable law.
 
2.   The school district has wide discretion over the expenditure of funds under its control for public purposes, subject to the limitations provided by law.
 
3.  School district officials occupy a fiduciary position in the management and expenditure of funds entrusted to them.
 
D. Raising Funds.
 
1.  The school district shall, within the limitations specified by law, provide by levy of tax necessary funds for the conduct of schools, payment of indebtedness, and all proper expenses.
 
2.  The school district may issue bonds in accordance with the provisions of Minn. Stat. Ch. 475, or other applicable law.
 
3.  The school district has authority to accept gifts and donations for school purposes, subject to applicable law.
 
E.  Property.
 
1. The school district may acquire property for school purposes. It may sell, exchange, or otherwise dispose of property which is no longer needed for school purposes, subject to applicable law.
 
2.  The school district shall manage its property in a manner consistent with the educational functions of the district.
 
3.  The school district may permit the use of its facilities for community purposes which are not inconsistent with, nor disruptive of, its educational mission.
 
4.  School district officials hold school property as trustees for the use and benefit of students, taxpayers and the community.
 
F. Contracts.
 
1.  The school district is empowered to enter into contracts in the manner pro­vided by law.
 
2. The school district has authority to enter into installment purchases and leases with an option to purchase, pursuant to Minn. Stat. § 465.71 or other applicable law.
 
3. The school district has authority to make contracts with other governmental agencies and units for the purchase, lease or other acquisition of equipment, supplies, materials, or other property, including real property.
 
4.  The school district has authority to enter into employment contracts. As a public employer, the school district, through its designated representatives, shall meet and negotiate with public employees in an appropriate bargaining unit and enter into written collective bargaining agreements with such employees, subject to applicable law.
 
G. Textbooks, Educational Materials, and Studies.
 
1. The school district, through its school board and administrators, has the authority to determine what textbooks, educational materials, and studies should be pursued.
 
2. The school district shall establish and apply the school curriculum.
 
H.  Actions and Suits.
 
The school district has authority to sue and to be sued.
 
 
Legal References: 
Minn. Const. art. 13, § 1
Minn. Stat. Ch. 123B. (School Districts, Powers and Duties)                           
Minn. Stat. Ch. 179A (Public Employment Labor Relations)
Minn. Stat. § 465.035 (Conveyance or Lease of Land)
Minn. Stat. §§ 465.71; 471.345; 471.6161; 471.6175; 471.64 (rights, powers, duties of political subdivisions)
Minnesota Association of Public Schools v. Hanson, 287 Minn. 415, 178 N.W.2d 846 (1970)
Independent School District No. 581 v. Mattheis, 275 Minn. 383, 147 N.W.2d 374 (1966)
Village of Blaine v. Independent School District No. 12, 272 Minn. 343, 138 N.W.2d 32 (1965)
Huffman v. School Board, 230 Minn. 289, 41 N.W.2d 455 (1950)
State v. Lakeside Land Co., 71 Minn. 283, 73 N.W.970 (1898)
 
Cross References: 
MSBA/MASA Model Policy 201 (Legal Status of School Board)
MSBA/MASA Model Policy 603 (Curriculum Development)
MSBA/MASA Model Policy 604 (Instructional Curriculum)
MSBA/MASA Model Policy 606 (Textbooks and Instructional Materials)
MSBA/MASA Model Policy 705 (Investments)MSBA/MASA Model Policy 706 (Acceptance of Gifts)
MSBA/MASA Model Policy 801 (Equal Access to Facilities of Secondary Schools)
MSBA Service Manual, Chapter 3, Employee Negotiations
MSBA Service Manual, Chapter 13, School Law Bulletin “F” (Contract and Bidding Procedures)

Adopted: September 15, 2003
Revised: August 20, 2015


101.1 - NAME OF THE SCHOOL DISTRICT
 
I. PURPOSE
The purpose of this policy is to clarify the name of the school district.
 
II. GENERAL STATEMENT OF POLICY
Pursuant to statute, the official name of the school district is Independent School District No. 2137. However, the school district is often referred to by other informal names. In order to avoid confusion and to encourage consistency in school district letterheads, signage, publications and other materials, the school board intends to establish a uniform name for the school district.
 
III. UNIFORM NAME
A. The name of the school district shall be Kingsland Public Schools.
 
B. The name specified above may be used to refer to the school district and may be shown on school district letterheads, signage, publications and other materials.
 
C. In official communications and on school district ballots, the school district shall be referred to as Independent School District No. 2137 (Kingsland Public Schools), but inadvertent failure to use the correct name shall not invalidate any legal proceeding or matter or affect the validity of any document.
 
Legal References: 
Minn. Stat. § 123A.55 (Classes, Number)
 
Cross References: 

Adopted: September 15, 2003
Revised: December 17, 2012
Reviewed: August 20, 2015


102 - EQUAL EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITY
 
I. PURPOSE
The purpose of this policy is to ensure that equal educational opportunity is provided for all students of the school district.
 
II. GENERAL STATEMENT OF POLICY
A. It is the school district’s policy to provide equal educational opportunity for all students. The school district does not unlawfully discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, marital status, parental status, status with regard to public assistance, disability, sexual orientation or age. The school district also makes reasonable accommodations for disabled students.
 
B. The school district prohibits the harassment of any individual for any of the categories listed above. For information about the types of conduct that constitute violation of the school district’s policy on harassment and violence and the school district’s procedures for addressing such complaints, refer to the school district’s policy on harassment and violence.
 
C. This policy applies to all areas of education including academics, coursework, co-curricular and extracurricular activities, or other rights or privileges of enrollment.
 
D. It is the responsibility of every school district employee to comply with this policy conscientiously.
 
E. Any student, parent or guardian having any questions regarding this policy should discuss it with the appropriate school district official as provided by policy. In the absence of a specific designee, an inquiry or a complaint should be referred to the superintendent.
 
Legal References: 
Minn. Stat. Ch. 363 (Minnesota Human Rights Act)
Minn. Stat. § 121A.03, Subd. 2 (Sexual, Religious, and Racial Harassment and Violence Policy)
42 U.S.C. § 12101 et seq. (Americans with Disabilities Act)
20 U.S.C. § 1681 et seq. (Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972)
 
Cross References: 
MSBA/MASA Model Policy 402 (Disability Nondiscrimination)
MSBA/MASA Model Policy 413 (Harassment and Violence)
MSBA/MASA Model Policy 521 (Student Disability Nondiscrimination)
MSBA/MASA Model Policy 522 (Student Sex Nondiscrimination)

Adopted: November 3, 1994
Revised: August 20, 2015
 


103 - COMPLAINTS - STUDENTS, EMPLOYEES, PARENTS, OTHER PERSONS
 
I. PURPOSE
The school district takes seriously all concerns or complaints by students, employees, parents or other persons. If a specific complaint procedure is provided within any other policy of the school district, the specific procedure shall be followed in reference to such a complaint. If a specific complaint procedure is not provided, the purpose of this policy is to provide a procedure that may be used.
 
II. GENERAL STATEMENT OF POLICY
A.   Students, parents, employees or other persons, may report concerns or complaints to the school district. While written reports are encouraged, a complaint may be made orally. Any employee receiving a complaint shall advise the principal or immediate supervisor of the receipt of the complaint. The supervisor shall make an initial determination as to the seriousness of the complaint and whether the matter should be referred to the superintendent. A person may file a complaint at any level of the school district; i.e., principal, superintendent or school board. However, persons are encouraged to file a complaint at the building level when appropriate. 
 
B. Depending upon the nature and seriousness of the complaint, the supervisor or other administrator receiving the complaint shall determine the nature and scope of the investigation or follow-up procedures. If the complaint involves serious allegations, the matter shall promptly be referred to the superintendent who shall determine whether an internal or external investigation should be conducted. In either case, the superintendent shall determine the nature and scope of the investigation and designate the person responsible for the investigation or follow-up relating to the complaint. The designated investigator shall ascertain details concerning the complaint and respond promptly to the appropriate administrator concerning the status or outcome of the matter. 
 
C. The appropriate administrator shall respond in writing to the complaining party concerning the outcome of the investigation or follow-up, including any appropriate action or corrective measure that was taken. The superintendent shall be copied on the correspondence and consulted in advance of the written response when appropriate. The response to the complaining party shall be consistent with the rights of others pursuant to the applicable provisions of Minn. Stat. Ch. 13 (Minnesota Government Data Practices Act) or other law.
 
Legal References: 
Minn. Stat. Ch. 13 (Minnesota Government Data Practices Act)
 
Cross References: 
MSBA/MASA Model Policy 206 (Public
Participation in School Board
Meetings/Complaints about Persons at School
Board Meetings and Privacy Considerations
MSBA/MASA Model Policy 403 (Discipline,
Suspension and Dismissal of School District
Employees)
MSBA/MASA Model Policy 413 (Harassment
and Violence)
MSBA/MASA Model Policy 514 (Bullying
Prohibition)
MSBA Service Manual, Chapter 13, School
Law Bulletin “I” (School Records-Privacy
Access to Data)

Adopted: January 5, 1995
Revised: August 20, 2015


104 - SCHOOL DISTRICT MISSION STATEMENT
 
I.   PURPOSE
The purpose of this policy is to establish a
clear statement of the purpose for which the
school district exists.
 
II. GENERAL STATEMENT OF POLICY
The school board believes that a mission
statement should be adopted. The mission
statement should be based on the beliefs and
values of the community should direct any
change effort and should be the basis on
which decisions are made. The school board,
on behalf of and with extensive participation
by the community, should develop a
consensus among its members regarding the
nature of the enterprise the school board
governs, the purposes it serves, the
constituencies it should consider, including
student representation, and the results it
intends to produce.
 
III.  MISSION STATEMENT
 
KINGSLAND SCHOOLS: BUILDING A TRADITION
OF EXCELLENCE
By 2017, Kingsland Public Schools will
be recognized for:
·         Academic Excellence
·         Safe and Positive Learning Environment
·         Innovative Technology
·         Community Partnership
·         Student and Parent
Engagement
VISION STATEMENT
Kingsland Public Schools is
committed to an academically rich
environment through the
integration of 21st Century skills.
 
IV.  REVIEW
The school board will review the school
district’s mission every two years, especially
when members of the board change. The
school board will conduct a comprehensive
review of the mission, including the beliefs
and values of the community, every five to
seven years.
 
 
Legal References: 
Minn. Rule Parts 3501.0010 to 3501.0180
Minn. Rule Parts 3501.0200-3501.0270
Minn. Stat § (School District Process for Reviewing Curriculum, Instruction and Student Achievement)
 
Cross References: 

Adopted: November 3, 1994
Revised: September 22, 2015


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