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Policy 1310
The Board of Directors


The purpose of Policy 1310 is to establish a structured and transparent process for the creation, review, and adoption of new policies and administrative regulations as well as proposed revisions to existing policies. This policy also outlines the process for presenting proposed policies and amendments to the public, including the process members of the public may use to provide feedback to the Board about proposed policies and amendments.

Proposed new policies and proposed changes in existing policies shall be presented in writing for reading and discussion. Unless it is deemed by the Board that immediate action would be in the best interests of the district, the final vote for adoption shall take place not earlier than the next succeeding regular or special Board meeting. Any written statement by any person relative to a proposed policy or amendment should be directed to the Board secretary prior to the second reading. The Board may invite oral statements from staff members or patrons as an order of business.

When the Board of Directors is considering a district policy or amendment to policy that is not expressly or by implication authorized by state or federal law, but which will promote the education of students in or will promote the effective, efficient or safe management and operation of the district, the proposed policy shall be described in any notice of the meetings at which the policy will be considered, if the notice is issued pursuant to the Open Public Meetings Act, Ch. 42.30 RCW. The Board of Directors will provide an opportunity for public written and oral comment on such policies before adoption or amendment.

In addition to providing the public an opportunity to provide feedback concerning policies currently under consideration, the Board also welcomes feedback about existing policies. Feedback on existing policies can be shared with the Board in a variety of ways including (1) providing written or oral comment at a regular business meeting, (2) emailing written feedback directly to the school Board at the Board email address provided on the district website, and (3) submitting written feedback directly to the district on the Policy Manual website form provided for that purpose.

In the event that immediate action on a proposed policy is necessary, the motion for its adoption shall provide that immediate adoption is in the best interest of the district. No further action is required. All new or amended policies shall become effective upon adoption; unless a specific effective date is provided in the motion for adoption.

Policies as adopted or amended shall be made a part of the minutes of the meeting at which action was taken and shall also be included in the district's policy manual.

Non-substantive editorial revisions and changes in administrative, legal and/or cross references need not be approved by the Board.


Policy Manuals

The Superintendent shall develop and maintain a current policy manual which contains the policies of the district.

The manual is intended both as a tool for district management as well as a source of information to community members, staff, and others about how the district operates. To that end, each administrator will have ready access to the manual. In addition, a manual will be available as the Superintendent may determine for the use of staff, students, and community members.

All policy manuals distributed to anyone shall remain the property of the district. They shall be subject to recall at any time.


Administrative Regulations

When a written procedure is developed, the Superintendent will submit it to the Board as an information item. Such procedures need not be approved by the board, though the Board may request a revision when it appears that they are not consistent with the Board’s intentions as expressed in its policies. Procedures need not be reviewed by the Board prior to their issuance; however, on controversial topics, the Superintendent may request prior Board consultation.

Legal References:

  • RCW 28A.320.010 Corporate powers
  • RCW 28A.320.040 Directors – Bylaws for the board and school government
  • RCW 42.30.040 Ordinances, rules, resolutions, regulations, etc., adopted at public meetings – Notice – Secret voting prohibited

Adoption Date: 3/11/1999
Revised Date: 3/8/2012

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