Grosse Ile Township Schools
Bylaws & Policies
 

0120 - POWERS AND PHILOSOPHY

0121

Authority

 
 

The supervision of this District shall be conducted by the Board of Education, hereinafter sometimes referred to as the "Board", which is constituted and is governed by the laws of the State of Michigan.

 
 

M.C.L.A. 380.1201 et seq.

 

0122

Board Powers

 
 

The District shall operate as a General Powers School District. As such it has all of the rights, powers, and duties expressly stated in statute; may exercise a power implied or incident to any power expressly stated in statute; and, except as provided by law, may exercise a power incidental or appropriate to the performance of any function related to the operation of the District in the interests of public elementary and secondary education in the District, including, but not limited to, all of the following:

 
 

A.

Educating Students. In addition to educating students in grades K-12, this function may include operation of preschool, lifelong education, adult education, community education, training, enrichment, and recreation programs for other persons.

 
 

B.

Providing for the safety and welfare of students while at school or at a school-sponsored activity or while enroute to or from school or a school-sponsored activity.

 
 

C.

Acquiring, constructing, maintaining, repairing, renovating, disposing of, or conveying school property, facilities, equipment, technology, or furnishings.

 
 

D.

Hiring, contracting for, scheduling, supervising, or terminating employees, independent contractors, and others to carry out District powers.

 

E.

Receiving, accounting for, investing, or expending District money; borrowing money and pledging District funds for repayment; and qualifying for State-School Aid and other public or private money from local, regional, State, or Federal sources.

 
 

The District may enter into agreements or cooperative arrangements with other entities, public or private, or join organizations as part of performing the functions of the School District.

 
 

The District is a body corporate and shall be governed by a school board. An act of this Board is not valid unless approved, at a meeting of the Board, by a majority vote of the members lawfully serving on the Board.

 
 

The Board may submit to the School electors a question that is within the scope of the powers of the School electors and that the Board considers proper for the management of the School system or the advancement of education in the School District. Upon the adoption of a question by the Board, the Board shall submit the question to the School electors by complying with Michigan election law (M.C.L. 168.312).

 
 

The Board shall adopt bylaws. These bylaws may establish or change Board procedures, the number of Board officers, titles and duties of Board officers, and any other matter related to effective and efficient functioning of the Board.

 
 

The Board has authority, based on statute, to make decisions regarding the following subjects without resort to prior bargaining:

 
 

A.

the policyholder of the District's group insurance program

 
 

B.

the starting day for the school year and the amount of student contact time to receive full State school aid

 
 

C.

the composition of the District's site-based, decision-making groups or school-improvement committees

 
 

D.

the decision whether or not to have inter-district and intra-district open-enrollment opportunities

 
 

E.

the decision whether or not to permit authorization of Charter Schools (public school academies)

 

F.

contracting with outside parties for noninstructional support services including the procedures for obtaining a contract, the identity of the outside party, and the impact on individual staff members or a bargaining unit

 
 

G.

use of volunteers

 
 

H.

decisions regarding the use of experimental or pilot programs including staffing, use of technology, provision of the technology, and the impact on individual staff members or a bargaining unit

 
 

I.

compensation or reimbursement of a staff member for monetary penalties imposed on the staff member under M.C.L.A. 423.201, 202, 206, and 215

     
 

J.

any requirement that would violate section 10(3), M.C.L. 423.210(3), (the requirement not to require union membership or the payment of dues, fees or charitable contributions in lieu of dues).

   
 

K.

decisions about the development, format, content, and procedures of the notification to parents and legal guardians required under M.C.L. 380.1249a (the requirement to make the notifications is effective with the 2015-2016 school year)

     
 
 

M.C.L. 380.11a, 380.1131 et seq.,

 

M.C.L. 423.201, 202, 206, and 215

 

M.C.L. 168.301 et seq.

   
 

Revised 6/25/13

 

0123

Philosophy of the Board

 
 

A Board of Education is a legal entity for providing a system of public education within a geographic area of the State of Michigan. The system was created by, and is governed by, State statutes. Members of a Board are chosen by citizens to represent them and the State in the governance of the local schools.

 

The Board has the dual responsibility for implementing statutory requirements pertaining to public education and for meeting the desires of residents. While the Board has an obligation to determine and assess citizen desires, it is understood that when the voters elect delegates to represent them in the conduct of specified educational programs, they, at the same time, are endowed with the authority to exercise their best judgment in determining policies, making decisions, and approving procedures for carrying out the responsibility.

 
 

The Board declares and, thereby, reaffirms its intent to:

 
 

A.

Maintain two-way communications with citizens of the District. The Board shall keep them informed of the progress and problems of the School District, and the citizens shall be urged to bring their aspirations and concerns about the District to the attention of this body.

 
 

B.

Establish policies and make decisions on the basis of declared educational philosophy and goals.

 
 

C.

act as a truly representative body for citizens in all matters related to programs and operations. The Board recognizes that ultimate responsibility for public education rests with the State, but the Board of Education has been assigned specific authority through statute, and the Board shall not relinquish or fail to exercise that authority.

 

0124

Leadership Guidelines for the Grosse Ile Township Schools Board of Education

     
 

A.

The Board of Education directs the activities of the District and its personnel by the establishment of Board of Education policies (including relevant administrative guidelines) to ensure that the Grosse Ile Township Schools District is managed well by the Superintendent and staff.

 
 

B.

The BOE will govern with an emphasis on the future based upon a foundation of the past and the present.

 

C.

The BOE will exercise decision making by striving toward consensus.

 
 

D.

In all of its actions, the BOE will demonstrate a clear distinction between the role of the BOE and the role of the administration.

 
 

E.

The BOE will take actions that promote strategic leadership.

 
 

F.

BOE members will speak as one voice (the majority), not as individuals, when giving direction to the Superintendent. BOE directives to the staff are communicated exclusively through the Superintendent.

 
 

G.

As individuals, BOE members have no authority and should not direct actions or request information that requires significant amounts of additional work or time from the Superintendent or staff.

 
 

H.

One role of the BOE is to be "eyes and ears" within the community and to communicate information that may not be well known to the administration. The sharing of general information with the Superintendent, and appropriate staff members, in the form of a non-directive "heads up" is to be encouraged.

 
 

I.

In contrast, when an individual BOE member is approached regarding a complaint or concern regarding District activities, the BOE member may actively listen to the community member and then advise the individual how best to proceed. The individual BOE member will make no promises regarding disposition of the concern and will inform the Superintendent of the conversation as appropriate.

 
 

J.

The BOE will govern in an atmosphere that encourages and respects free expression of opinions and ideas whether in the minority or the majority.

Adopted 8/28/07

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