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Policies » Section B: School Board Governance and Operations » BDG: School Attorney

Policy Date: 09/07/2017

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The Board recognizes that the increasing complexity of School District operations frequently requires procurement of professional legal services. Consequently, it shall retain an attorney or law firm for that purpose.

A decision to seek legal advice or assistance on behalf of the School District shall normally be made by the Superintendent or by persons authorized by the Superintendent or Board. Such action shall occur where it is consistent with approved District policy or standard practice and meets an obvious need of the District. It may also take place as a consequence of formal Board direction.

Many types of instances of legal assistance to the District may be considered routine and not necessitating specific Board approval or prior vote. For example, the Superintendent may consult with the school attorney to interpret statutory requirements or regulations, prepare or review contracts and seek legal opinions regarding other District issues.

However, when the Superintendent concludes that unusual types or amounts of professional legal service may be required, the Superintendent should promptly notify the Board.

Adopted: October 7, 1999
Revised: September 7, 2017