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  • Section B: Board Governance and Operations


  1.  Purpose of District Policies The RSU 21 School Board of Directors (Board) considers development, adoption, and review of policies, its most important governance function. It is the intent of the Board to develop written policies that will serve as the foundation for the successful and efficient operation of RSU 21. Its policies shall provide direction and guidance for the Board, administrators, staff and students and serve as sources of information for parents, community members and others who are interested in or connected with the schools. 

  2. Definition of Policy

The School Board accepts the definition of “policy” articulated by the National School Boards Association:

“School Board policies are statements that set forth the purposes and prescribe in general terms the organization and program of a school system. They create a framework within which the Superintendent and the staff can discharge their assigned duties with positive direction. They tell what is wanted. They may also indicate why and how much. Policies should define clearly the goals and objectives of the school system, allow for the flexibility that is vital in day-to-day operations, reflect the board’s vision, define roles and responsibilities and include measurable outcomes.”

C. Interpretation of District Policies

The Board’s policies are framed and meant to be interpreted in terms of federal laws and regulations, state statutes and the rules of the Maine Department of Education, State Board of Education, and other regulatory agencies at various levels of government. The Board’s policies are also intended to reflect the Board’s educational philosophy and instructional objectives and practices and procedures that are supported by research and generally accepted by leaders and authorities in the field of public education.

D. Board’s Policy Responsibilities

1. Adoption of new or revised policies, and repeal of existing policies, is solely the responsibility of the Board. Policies will be adopted, amended or repealed only by the affirmative vote of a majority of the Board members present and voting. 

2. It is the Board’s goal to review all district policies on a three-year cycle. Accordingly, a policy may not be recommended for revision or deletion, nor a new policy recommended for adoption, more frequently than three years from its most recent revision date unless necessitated by:

  1. a change in law and/or regulations,

  2. modification of the District’s vision or goals,

  3. advice of the Board’s legal counsel, 

  4. advice of Maine School Management Association, 

  5. conflict with the existing practices of the Board or administration, or  

  6. recommendation of the Superintendent.

E. Effective Date of District Policies  Policies shall become effective upon Board adoption or at a future date designated by the Board at the time of adoption.

F. Publication of New/Revised District Policies. The Superintendent/designee will be responsible for distributing new or revised policies to Board members and for making policies accessible to school personnel, students and the public.

Legal Reference: 20-A MRSA §1001 (1)(A)

Cross References: BEDF - Voting Procedure


Adopted: 06/01/09

Revised: 01/23/17

Revised:    1/23/17

Revised/Revised: 1/29/24

  • Section B