ST. LOUIS BOARD OF EDUCATION BYLAWS
METHODS OF OPERATION
Adoption, Amendment or Suspension of Bylaws, Policies, and Regulations
A bylaw is a rule governing the Board of Education's internal operations. Bylaws are generally drawn directly from state law which places a mandatory obligation or direction on the Board of Education. A statement of bylaws under which the board operates points out the authorization which the board may use and the restraints which it must accept in carrying out its legal mandate to the residents of the district.
Board bylaws may be adopted, amended, repealed or suspended by a two-thirds vote of the entire board, and shall become effective immediately upon board action unless a specific effective date is contained in the language of the bylaw.
Any proposed bylaw or bylaw change shall be immediately referred to legal counsel for the board, who shall review it and report to the board as to whether the proposed bylaw or bylaw change is consistent with the laws of the State of Missouri.
Board policies are general principles by which the board and the administration are guided in the management of the school system. A policy should normally be narrow enough to give clear guidance to the superintendent as he or she makes decisions, but broad enough to allow discretion in meeting the circumstances of individual cases.
The policy making, or legislative function, of the district is specifically vested in the Board of Education by the laws of the State of Missouri.
Board policies may be adopted, amended, repealed or suspended by a two-thirds vote of the entire board. All proposals to adopt, amend, or repeal policies of the board shall be in writing. Proposals may be submitted at any regular business, or special meeting of the board, and a copy must be provided to each board member.
The superintendent of schools shall have the opportunity to recommend for or against any policy proposal and to give reasons for such recommendations. This information shall be provided for each board member.
Any proposed policy or policy change shall be immediately referred to legal counsel for the board, who shall review it and report to the board as to whether the proposed policy is consistent with federal laws and the laws of the State of Missouri.
If the report from the attorney is favorable, the proposed policy may be submitted for adoption to the board in the form of a motion at the next regularly scheduled regular business meeting. If seconded, the motion shall be discussed and, unless amendments to the motion are made, the motion to adopt shall be voted upon. If proposed amendments to the motion fail, the board will vote on the motion to adopt, amend, or repeal the policy. If amendments to the motion pass, the policy as amended shall be submitted to legal counsel for review and, if the opinion of the attorney is favorable, the policy as amended will be voted on by the board at its next regularly scheduled regular business meeting.
A board policy which is adopted, amended, or repealed in the method described above shall become effective immediately upon board action, unless a specific effective date is contained in the language of the policy.
A regulation is a specification of a required action relative to a policy. It tells exactly what is to be done, and usually tells who is to do it and when.
Regulations relative to adopted board policies shall be prepared by the
superintendent of schools or by appropriate administrators at his or her
direction, and shall be presented to the board for action, by majority
vote, at any regular business or special meeting of the board.
Legal: Section 162.621 RSMo.
Revised: February 9, 1999
Revised: February 22, 2000
Revised: February 5, 2002
Revised: October 10, 2006