Kent City Community Schools
Bylaws & Policies
 

9211 - DISTRICT SUPPORT ORGANIZATIONS

The Board of Education appreciates the efforts of all organizations whose objectives are to enhance the educational experiences of District students, to help meet educational needs of students, and/or provide extra educational benefits not provided for, at the time, by the Board.

District support organizations are defined as any non-profit entity, group, or other organization formed and operating for the purpose of supporting District programs and approved by the Board. Such approval shall be subject to the submittal of the organizations Bylaws and any subsequent changes therein. These programs may be educational to parents and/or children.

The District name shall not be used to promote the interests of any school support organization without the approval of the Board.

The Board recognizes that parent-teacher organizations and other school-related community organizations are channels through which school personnel, parents, and other citizens may discuss educational concerns, problems and needs and work together toward solutions.

Each District support organization shall work within the appropriate school setting and in cooperation with the principal and other staff members.

District support organizations shall allow participation by parents, District staff, and members of the community. All meetings should be communicated to the school and be open to the public. District support organizations shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex (including sexual orientation or transgender identity), disability, marital status, age (except as authorized by law), religion, military status, ancestry, or genetic information which are classes protected by State and/or Federal law (collectively "protected classes"). Further, persons shall not be excluded from participation in outside support organizations based upon the extent or level of their past participation.

The following rules and procedures shall govern the working relationships between the Board, administration, and any District support organization:

 

A.

It shall be the responsibility of each District support organization to monitor its activities to assure compliance with Board policy.

   
 

B.

Each District support organization is encouraged to set goals that are consistent with those of the particular programs, activities or athletics being supported as articulated by the coach/advisor and/or athletic director of such program, activity or athletic event, to avoid duplication of effort and to maximize the benefit to the organization or group.

   
 

C.

The activities of the District support organizations shall not involve the use of public funds and the District shall not assume responsibility for any purchases made on behalf of any support organization governed by this policy. The School District tax identification number shall not be use for District support organization purchases.

   
 

D.

Each District support organization must abide by the policies and guidelines established for the use of District facilities and grounds.

   
 

E.

For any fund-raisers, including those operated by student clubs and organizations, parent groups, or boosters clubs, that involve the sale of food items and/or beverages to students that will be consumed on the school campus (any area of property under the jurisdiction of the school that is accessible to students during the school day) during the school day (the period from the midnight before, to thirty (30) minutes after the end of the official school day), the food items and/or beverages to be sold shall comply with the current USDA Dietary Guidelines for Americans and the USDA Smart Snacks in Schools nutrition standards, and also be consistent with requirements set forth in Policy 8500 – Food Services. Further, there shall be no exemptions from the standards for competitive foods in any of the District’s schools.

     
 

F.

Proceeds from District support organization fund-raisers shall not be commingled with a student activity or other Board accounts. Board employees who commingle such proceeds with a student activity or other Board account shall be subject to discipline.

   
 

G.

The Superintendent will work with staff to develop administrative guidelines that require each District support organization's fund-raising activities be in compliance with Board policies and that the funds generated by such fund-raising activities and donated to the District are used for school-related projects that have the approval of the Superintendent and principal.

   
 

H.

School employees and school volunteers may not be compensated in any manner by District support organizations for their work on behalf of the District.

   
 

I.

Donations from District support organizations must be made in accordance with Board Policy 7230 and any accompanying guidelines.

M.C.L 380.1272b

Adopted 2/4/08
Revised 1/19/15
Revised 11/16/15

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