101 - Legal Status of the School District

POLICY #101

LEGAL STATUS OF THE SCHOOL DISTRICT

 

I. PURPOSE

A primary principle of this nation is that the public welfare demands an educated and informed citizenry. The power to provide for public education is a state function vested in the state legislature and delegated to local school districts. The purpose of this policy is to clarify the legal status of the school district.

II. GENERAL STATEMENT OF POLICY

A. The school district is a public corporation subject to the control of the legislature, limited only by constitutional restrictions. The school district has been created for educational purposes.

B. The legislature has authority to prescribe the school district’s powers and privileges, its boundaries and territorial jurisdictions.

C. The school district has only the powers conferred on it by the legislature; however, the school board’s authority to govern, manage, and control the school district, to carry out its duties and responsibilities, and to conduct the business of the school district includes implied powers in addition to any specific powers granted by the legislature.

III. RELATIONSHIP TO OTHER ENTITIES

A. The school district is a separate legal entity.

B. The school district is ordinate with and not subordinate to the county(ies) in which it is situated.

C. The school district is not subservient to municipalities within its territory.

IV. POWERS AND AUTHORITY OF THE SCHOOL DISTRICT

A. Funds

1. The school district, through its school board, has authority to raise funds for the operation and maintenance of its schools and authority to manage and expend such funds, subject to applicable law.

2. The school district has wide discretion over the expenditure of funds under its control for public purposes, subject to the limitations provided by law.

3. School district officials occupy a fiduciary position in the management and expenditure of funds entrusted to them.

B. Raising Funds

1. The school district shall, within the limitations specified by law, provide by levy of tax necessary funds for the conduct of schools, payment of indebtedness, and all proper expenses.

2. The school district may issue bonds in accordance with the provisions of Minn. Stat. Ch. 475, or other applicable law.

3. The school district has authority to accept gifts and donations for school purposes, subject to applicable law.

C. Property

1. The school district may acquire property for school purposes. It may sell, exchange, or otherwise dispose of property which is no longer needed for school purposes, subject to applicable law.

2. The school district shall manage its property in a manner consistent with the educational functions of the district.

3. The school district may permit the use of its facilities for community purposes which are not inconsistent with, nor disruptive of, its educational mission.

4. School district officials hold school property as trustees for the use and benefit of students, taxpayers, and the community.

D. Contracts

1. The school district is empowered to enter into contracts in the manner provided by law.

2. The school district has authority to enter into installment purchases and leases with an option to purchase, pursuant to Minn. Stat. § 465.71 or other applicable law.

3. The school district has authority to make contracts with other governmental agencies and units for the purchase, lease or other acquisition of equipment, supplies, materials, or other property, including real property.

4. The school district has authority to enter into employment contracts. As a public employer, the school district, through its designated representatives, shall meet and negotiate with public employees in an appropriate bargaining unit and enter into written collective bargaining agreements with such employees, subject to applicable law.

E. Textbooks, Educational Materials, and Studies

1. The school district, through its school board and administrators, has the authority to determine what textbooks, educational materials, and studies should be pursued.

2. The school district shall establish and apply the school curriculum.

F. Actions and Suits

The school district has authority to sue and to be sued.

Source: Cambridge-Isanti Schools

Legal References:

  •      Minn. Const. art. 13, § 1
  •      Minn. Stat. Ch. 123B (School Districts, Powers and Duties)
  •      Minn. Stat. Ch. 179A (Public Employment Labor Relations)
  •      Minn. Stat. § 465.035 (Conveyance or Lease of Land)
  •      Minn. Stat. §§ 465.71; 471.345; 471.6161; 471.6175; 471.64 (Rights, Powers, Duties of Political Subdivisions)
  •      Minnesota Association of Public Schools v. Hanson, 287 Minn. 415, 178 N.W.2d 846 (1970)
  •      Independent School District No. 581 v. Mattheis, 275 Minn. 383, 147 N.W.2d 374 (1966)
  •      Village of Blaine v. Independent School District No. 12, 272 Minn. 343, 138 N.W.2d 32 (1965)
  •      Huffman v. School Board, 230 Minn. 289, 41 N.W.2d 455 (1950)
  •      State v. Lakeside Land Co., 71 Minn. 283, 73 N.W.970 (1898)

Cross References:

  •      Policy 201 (Legal Status of School Board)
  •      Policy 603 (Curriculum Development)
  •      Policy 604 (Instructional Curriculum)
  •      Policy 606 (Textbooks and Instructional Materials)
  •      Policy 704 (Development and Maintenance of an Inventory of Fixed Assets and a Fixed Asset Accounting System)
  •      Policy 705 (Investments)
  •      Policy 706 (Acceptance of Gifts)
  •      Policy 801 (Equal Access to School Facilities)
  •      MSBA Service Manual, Chapter 3, Employee Negotiations
  •      MSBA Service Manual, Chapter 13, School Law Bulletin “F” (Contract and Bidding Procedures)

Reviewed: 11-15-01, 4-22-04, 2-24-05, 07-21-16

Approved: 12-20-01, 5-20-04, 2-24-05, 08-18-16

101.1 - Name of the School District

POLICY #101.1

NAME OF THE SCHOOL DISTRICT

I. PURPOSE

The purpose of this policy is to clarify the name of the school district.

II. GENERAL STATEMENT OF POLICY

Pursuant to statute, the official name of the school district is Independent School District No. 911. However, the school district is often referred to by other informal names. In order to avoid confusion and to encourage consistency in school district letterheads, signage, publications and other materials, the school board intends to establish a uniform name for the school district.

III. UNIFORM NAME

A. The name of the school district shall be Cambridge-Isanti Schools.

B. The name specified above may be used to refer to the school district and may be shown on school district letterheads, signage, publications and other materials.

C. In official communications and on school district ballots, the school district shall be referred to as Independent School District No. 911, Cambridge-Isanti Schools, but inadvertent failure to use the correct name shall not invalidate any legal proceeding or matter or affect the validity of any document.

Source: Cambridge-Isanti Schools

Legal References:

  • Minn. Stat. § 123A.55 (Classes, Number)

Reviewed: 11-15-01, 07-21-16

Approved: 12-20-01, 08-18-16

101.2 - Naming of School District Sites and Facilities

POLICY #101.2

NAMING OF SCHOOL DISTRICT SITES AND FACILITIES

I.PURPOSE

It shall be the general policy of the school district to name sites, facilities, or properties in whole or part according to their geographic location (e.g., Cambridge Middle School, Isanti Elementary School).  If for some good reason a name other than a geographic name will be used to make the final determination.

A.  The proposed name shall be appropriate.

B.  The name will stand the test of time.

C.  If the name involves a person, the individual involved will have made a significant contribution to the site, facility or school district.

D.  Naming a site or facility after a deceased person shall be done after taking the above criteria into consideration and after a waiting period of one year following the individual's death.

In naming sites or facilities, special consideration will be given to those names that will have some special meaning to the students and citizens and will enhance the educational program of the school district.

Periodically, site or facility names shall be reviewed as to their continued appropriateness.  If a particular name is no longer appropriate, the School Board reserves the right to change it.

Source:                       Independent School District No. 911, Cambridge, MN

Reviewed:                   11-15-01, 4-19-12, 11-20-14

Approved:                   2-23-81, 12-20-01, 12-18-14

 

 

101.2-Pro - Procedure Process For Dedication of Space

PROCEDURE #101.2

PROCEDURE FOR NAMING OF SCHOOL DISTRICT SITES AND FACILITIES

I.  PURPOSE

The purpose of this Administrative Procedure is to support Policy 101.2 Naming of School District Sites and Facilities.

II.  GENERAL STATEMENT OF POLICY

Individual rooms, areas, athletic fields or facilities within or on district property may be named to honor a specific individual or organization, or may require a name change for other reasons.

III.  PROCEDURES

  1. The requestor(s) must make a written request to the representative of the subject building or property (Principal, Superintendent, or other appropriate individual).
  2. The representative of the subject building or property receiving the request shall appoint an ad hoc advisory committee to consider the request. The ad hoc committee shall be made up of:a. Up to three (3) community members;

a.  Up to three (3) community members;

b.  One board member

c.  Up to two staff members

d.  One cabinet member (or the Buildings and Grounds Director)

e.  Principal or Superintendent designee, acting as committee chair.

3.  Before a request will be approved, it must be evaluated using the following criteria:

a.  The proposed name shall be appropriate.

b.  The name will stand the test of time.

c.  If the name involves a person, the individual involved will have made a significant contribution to the site.

d.  Living or deceased members of the community served by the educational facility may be eligible, if those individuals have distinguished themselves through ten (10) documented years of school-related service and have held membership in at least one school-related support organization (PTA, PTO, Booster Clubs, School Council, etc.) during the years of their children’s enrollment in District 911. 

e.  If the name involves a person, the individual involved may not be currently employed by the District.

f.  Former school district employees, living or deceased, may be considered if they have distinguished themselves through work at the educational facility for a minimum of five (5) consecutive years or ten (10) cumulative years in the school district.

4.  The representative reviewing the request shall present the proposal to the School Board with supporting rationale and evidence of support for the recommendation.

5.  The School Board shall review the proposal and take formal action on the request.

 

Source: Cambridge-Isanti Schools

Reviewed: 05.12.15