West Clermont Local School District
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.

Each support organization must maintain and provide proof of general liability insurance coverage. The Board shall offer the opportunity for any authorized school support entity to receive coverage under the District's liability insurance program to protect the entity against claims resulting from damage or injury resulting from any act or omission of any school-support entity. The entity shall pay for such coverage upon written notification from the Treasurer.

Because of the connection between support organizations and the School District programs and students, and because of the common use of the School District name in connection with the organizationís activities, the public perception may be that the organizations and their activities are school-sponsored and approved by the Board, notwithstanding the fact that such organizations are independent entities, are not agents of the Board, and are not under the control or authority of the Board. In order to prevent disruption to the Districtís educational programs and injury to the Districtís reputation by conduct and activities of a support organization which are inconsistent with the Districtís mission, only organizations formally recognized by the Board will be permitted to use the School District name, as well as any logos or other insignia or emblems associated with and used to identify the District and/or school-sponsored programs and activities.

The following rules and procedures shall govern the working relationships between the Board, administration, and any District support organization. The Board may revoke formal recognition of any support group that fails to comply with these rules:

 

A.

School employees and Board-approved school volunteers may not be directly compensated in any manner by District support organizations.

   
 

B.

In addition to parents, membership should be made available to District staff and members of the community.

   
 

C.

Each District support organization shall work in cooperation with the Principal and other staff members and shall abide by the policies of the Board.

   
 

D.

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

   
 

The organization shall permit the Board to review all financial books and documentation upon request, and shall conduct a financial audit upon request of the Board. In addition, organizations must produce the following documents to the Superintendent and/or Treasurer upon request:

   
 

1.

A determination letter from the Internal Revenue Service that verifies the organization is a tax-exempt organization in good standing as described in Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code (if applicable).

   
 

2.

A copy of the Articles of Incorporation or amended Articles of Incorporation on file with the Ohio Secretary of State (if applicable).

   
 

3.

A copy of any filing with the Ohio Attorney General (if applicable).

     
 

4.

A copy of the support organizationís Bylaws and any amendments.

   
 

5.

A current list of names, addresses and titles of each officer of the organization. No administrative employee of the School District may be an officer of the booster organization in order for the organization to obtain Board recognition.

   
 

6.

A description of the projects or activities the organization intends to undertake during the ensuing school year and the objective and goals of such projects or activities.

   
 

7.

The organizationís balance sheet, together with an accounting of the organizationís income and expenses for the preceding calendar year.

   
 

8.

Copies of State and Federal tax reports for the most recent year, as well as copies of any audit reports.

   
 

E.

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

   
 

F.

The activities of 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 used for District support organization purchases.

   
 

G.

Each District support organization must abide by the policies and guidelines established for the use of District facilities and grounds. Projects that require any modification or alteration to District property must be pre-approved by the Superintendent.

     
 

H.

District support organizations are encouraged to obtain 501(c)(3) status so that community members may properly take tax deductions for donations to the organization.

   
 

I.

Donations from District support organizations must be made in accordance with Board Policy 7230 and any accompanying guidelines. Donations shall become the property of the Board and used in a manner determined by the Board, in accordance with its policies and administrative guidelines.

Ohio Ethics Commission Advisory Opinion 2008-01
R.C. 3313.203
7 C.F.R. Parts 210 and 220

Revised 12/8/14
Revised 10/27/15

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