Manistee Area Schools
Bylaws & Policies


The purpose of this policy is to permit the Board of Education to honor its staff, former Board members, and other nonemployee persons with plaques, pins, token retirement gifts and awards, and other amenities.

The Board may, upon recommendation of the Superintendent, consider, as appropriate, the presentation of token gifts to such individuals and groups who have rendered service to the District for a period of time. The use of public funds for the purchase of a plaque, medal, trophy, or other award for the recognition of any employee, volunteer, or student may not exceed $100 per recipient.

Public funds under the control of the District may NOT be used to purchase alcoholic beverages, jewelry, gifts, fees for golf, or any item whose purchase or possession is illegal. Any such expenditure violates this policy.

The monetary amount for recognition awards will be adjusted annually by the State Department of Instruction. On or before December 15th of each year, the Department will, upon request, provide the adjusted limit or, if the index is unavailable, the Department will provide a reasonable approximation.

The Board authorizes expenses incurred as listed above only when they serve a public purpose. Public purposes include, but are not limited to, the promotion of education, rapport with the business community, community relations, and the encouragement of nonemployees to serve as volunteers as well as furthering other interest.

The funds shall be made available from the appropriate budgeted District fund.

M.C.L.A. 380.634

Revised 10/10/01
Revised 7/13/05