002. AUTHORITY AND POWERS
Section 1. Authority
The legal basis for education in the Trinity Area School District is found in the
constitution of the state, the statutes pertaining to education, court interpretation of
the validity of these laws and the powers implied under them.
The Trinity Area School District shall operate under the sections of the state code
dealing with operation of schools.
SC 211, 301, 501,
The authority to establish, equip, furnish, operate and maintain the public schools of
Trinity Area School District is vested in the Board of School Directors, which is a
body corporate and is constituted and governed by Title 24 of the Pennsylvania
Statutes, the Public School Code of 1949 as amended, and Article III of the
Section 2. Powers
SC 211, 406, 407,
501, 502, 503,
507, 510, 511,
The Board shall establish such schools as are required for the education of every
person residing in Trinity Area School District between the ages of six (6) and
twenty-one (21) years who may attend school; shall equip, furnish, operate, and
maintain the schools; shall adopt and enforce rules and regulations for the
management of school affairs and the conduct and deportment of employees and
students; and shall levy and collect taxes as may be necessary, in addition to the
annual state appropriation, for the exercise of aforesaid powers.
The Board, in accordance with its statutory mandate, shall adopt Board procedures
for its own operation, and policies for the guidance of the Superintendent in the
operation of the school district. Board procedures and policies shall be consistent
with law, have a rational and substantial relationship to a legitimate purpose of the
Board, and be directed towards the maintenance and support of a thorough and
efficient system of public education in this district.
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The Board shall act as the general agent of the state in carrying out the will of the
people of this district in the matter of public education. It shall establish educational
goals for district students and govern a program of education designed to meet those
goals. The Board shall be responsible for enforcing mandatory laws and regulations.
The Board shall accept or reject provisions of the permissive laws. The Board shall
be the agent responsible for establishing, maintaining and evaluating the public
education activities of this school district, in accordance with law.
No member of the Board shall have power to act in the name of the Board outside a
regular or special Board meeting, unless authorized by official Board action. Failure
to realize this legal limitation often leads new or overzealous Board members into
embarrassment. The law assigns powers, duties and responsibilities to the School
Board as a whole, but not to individual members.
211, 301, 406, 407,
501, 502, 503, 507,
510, 511, 803, 1411