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TRINITY AREA BOARD POLICY/THE AUTHORITY AND POWERS OF THE BOARD

Posted Sunday, December 20, 2009 by Ed Dalton

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No. 002

SECTION: LOCAL BOARD PROCEDURES

TITLE: AUTHORITY AND POWERS

ADOPTED: December 5, 2002

REVISED:

TRINITY AREA

SCHOOL DISTRICT

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.

PA Const.

Art. III

Sec. 14

SC 211, 301, 501,

507, 510

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

Constitution.

Section 2. Powers

SC 211, 406, 407,

501, 502, 503,

507, 510, 511,

803, 1411

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.

SC 407

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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Pol. 102

Title 22

Sec. 4.13

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.

School Code

211, 301, 406, 407,

501, 502, 503, 507,

510, 511, 803, 1411

PA Constitution

Art. III

Sec. 14

PA Code

Title 22

Sec. 4.13

Board Policy

102

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