Tippecanoe School Corporation
Bylaws & Policies



Board Authority


The supervision of this Corporation shall be conducted by the School Board, hereinafter sometimes referred to as the "Board", which is constituted and is governed by the laws of the State of Indiana and this policy manual.



Board Powers


Specific powers conferred by the General School Powers Act which shall include, but are not limited to, the following:



to sue and be sued and to enter into contracts in matters permitted by law.



to manage the affairs of the School Corporation and to establish, locate, and equip schools, school libraries, and other buildings.



to appropriate from the General Fund an amount per budget year for the purpose of promoting the best interests of the School Corporation by purchasing meals or awards, providing expenses in interviewing job applicants, and developing relations with other governmental units.



to acquire real estate and to construct, erect, and maintain school buildings.



to acquire such personal property as deemed necessary for school purposes. Such property can include, but is not limited to, buses, motor vehicles, appliances, books, furniture, and supplies.



to sell or exchange real or personal property.



to lease school property for any purpose which the governing body deems reasonable or to permit its free use for civic or public purposes.



to employ, contract for, and discharge Superintendents, teachers, and other licensed and non-licensed school personnel, and to fix the compensation and terms of employment of all school employees, in accordance with applicable law.



to authorize and reimburse employees for trips taken in the interest of the School Corporation.



to provide transportation for children to and from school.



to provide a school lunch program.



to purchase textbooks and to provide them on a rental basis for students.



to accept student transfers and to transfer students to other school corporations.



to levy taxes, make budgets, appropriate and disburse funds, and to borrow money.



to purchase liability insurance or establish a program of self-insurance for liability in accordance with the provisions of applicable law.



to apply for and receive money from the State or Federal government.



to defend any member of the governing body or employee of the School Corporation against suit arising out of the performance of duties, provided the Board's resolutions find the action was taken in good faith.



to make rules and regulations for the management of the schools.



to ratify all action taken by a member of the governing body or an employee of a school corporation in those cases where such action could have been approved in advance.



to exercise any other power and make any expenditure for the carrying out of the powers granted in the General School Powers Act which is reasonable from a business or educational standpoint.


The Board shall exercise all powers expressly granted to the Corporation by statute or through rules adopted by the State Board of Education and those powers necessary or desirable in the conduct of the Corporation’s affairs, even if the power is not granted by statute or rule. The Board may exercise any power the Corporation possesses to the extent that the power is not expressly denied by the State Constitution, statute, or State Board rule and is not expressly granted to another entity.


The Board shall retain the power to act, through written policies, in situations in which there is no Constitutional or statutory provision requiring a specific manner for the Corporation to exercise a power and no Constitutional or statutory prohibition to the exercise of that power.


The School Board shall have the management and control directly or through its designees of all facilities and programs in the Corporation and the employees, students, and other persons entering upon its premises.


I.C. 20-26-3, 20-26-5-4, 36-1-7


Revised 9/14/16



Philosophy of the Board


The American system was brought into being by the vision and tenacity of Thomas Jefferson, whose writings proclaim its goals:


"It is the duty of our country to provide that every citizen in it should receive an education proportioned to the condition and pursuits of his life through a system of general instruction, which shall reach every description of our citizens from the richest to the poorest…The information of the people at large can alone make them the safe, as they are the sole, depositories of our political and religious freedom…The people of every country are the only safe guardians of their own rights and are the only instruments which can be used for their destruction…and certainly they would never consent to be so used were they not deceived…To avoid this they should be instructed."


-From letter of Thomas Jefferson



Mission of the Corporation


Based upon the highest professional standards, the Tippecanoe School Corporation will strive to educate our students to reach their academic potential in an environment that encourages confidence, competence, and a desire for learning.



Educational Outcome Goals


The Corporation is a community resource committed to supporting the parent and child in their basic responsibility of education. The instructional goals of the Corporation reflect its commitment to provide a rigorous, comprehensive curriculum designed to provide basic education opportunities for the whole community.


To accomplish the mission of the Corporation, the Board will periodically publish specific instructional goals. Attainment of these instructional goals will be measured, when possible, by standardized measurements, and other appropriate measures, to assure that each student reaches these goals. It is expected that the Corporation reach beyond the State requirements and strive for excellence in breadth and scope of the curriculum.


I.C. 20-33-8-4, 20-26-5-1


511 IAC 6-1-2(B)



Educational Process Goals


As we constantly strive to improve our services, the School Board will review and assess the general operations of the School Corporation. To assist parents, employees, and the community in understanding the directions in which our schools are moving, the Board will periodically develop and publish a prioritized list of operational goals to enhance the quality of education provided by our schools.


I.C. 20-33-8-4


511 IAC 6-1-1 et seq.

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