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10.55.701    BOARD OF TRUSTEES

(1) The board of trustees shall ensure that the school district complies with all local, state, and federal laws and regulations.

(2) The board of trustees shall provide in each school building at least one copy of the accreditation standards for staff and public review.

(3) Each school district shall have in writing and available to the staff and public:

(a) a comprehensive philosophy of education;

(b) goals that reflect the district's philosophy of education;

(c) sequential curricula for each program area that aligns to the content and performance standards and the district's educational goals;

(d) policies establishing student assessment procedures that ensure evaluation of the school's curricula and student learning. These procedures shall specify how and when data are to be collected, analyzed, and reported;

(e) policies that delineate the responsibilities of the board, superintendent, and personnel employed by the school district. The trustees shall review these policies on a regular basis and make them available to employees and the public;

(f) a policy on student, parent, and school employee due process rights;

(g) a policy that is designed to address bullying, intimidation, and harassment of students and school personnel;

(h) an equity policy;

(i) a transfer policy for determining the appropriate placement of incoming students;

(j) an academic freedom policy;

(k) a materials selection policy, including a challenge procedure, for all curricular and support materials;

(l) a copyright policy;

(m) a policy that defines the use of school facilities and resources;

(n) a parent involvement policy that encourages:

(i) regular, two-way and meaningful communication between home and school;

(ii) promotion and support of parenting skills;

(iii) that parents play an integral role in assisting student learning;

(iv) that parents are welcome in the school, and that their support and assistance are sought;

(v) parents as full partners in the decisions that affect children and families; and

(vi) community resources be used to strengthen schools, families, and student learning;

(o) a policy that incorporates the distinct and unique cultural heritage of American Indians and that is aligned with district educational goals; and

(p) a policy addressing distance, online, and technology delivered learning as defined in ARM 10.55.602.

(4) The board of trustees shall have valid, written contracts with all regularly employed certified administrative, supervisory, and teaching personnel.

(5) The board of trustees shall have written policies and procedures for regular and periodic evaluation of all regularly employed certified administrative, supervisory, and teaching personnel. The individual evaluated shall have a written copy of the evaluation, the opportunity to respond in writing to the evaluation, and access to his/her files. Personnel files shall be confidential.

(6) The board of trustees shall establish conditions that contribute to a positive school climate and morale by encouraging cooperative and harmonious relationships among the staff members, students, parents, and community.

(7) To enhance a positive learning environment, the board of trustees shall:

(a) establish a system to keep parents/guardians up to date on students' progress; and

(b) use technology and equipment to facilitate management and instruction.

(8) To ensure continuous education improvement, the district shall engage in a continuous school improvement process.

History: 20-2-114, MCA; IMP, 20-2-121, MCA; NEW, 1989 MAR p. 342, Eff. 7/1/89; AMD, 2000 MAR p. 3340, Eff. 12/8/00; AMD, 2006 MAR p. 755, Eff. 3/24/06; AMD, 2007 MAR p. 692, Eff. 5/25/07.

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