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  • Section J: Students


No student shall be expelled from school except by action of the Board. Following a proper investigation of a student’s behavior and due process proceedings conducted in accordance with 20-A MRSA § 1001(8)(A), the Board shall expel the student, if found necessary for the peace and usefulness of the school, as provided in 20-A MRSA § 1001(9) and (9A). 

The Board also has the authority to readmit an expelled student following a hearing where satisfactory evidence was presented that the behavior, which was the cause of the student being expelled, will not likely recur. 

As a general practice, RSU 21 does not enroll students who have been expelled from other schools.  Students seeking admittance to RSU 21 schools following expulsion from a previously attended school may be admitted only after a Board hearing where the student provides satisfactory evidence of completion of the reentry plan developed by the previous school, as well as any conditions determined by RSU 21. 


Before any expulsion hearing, the Superintendent shall:

A. Provide written notice, by regular and certified mail, to the parents/guardians and the student informing them of:

1. The date, time and location of the hearing;

2. A description of the incident(s) that resulted in the expulsion hearing;

3. The student’s and parents/guardians’ right to review the 

school's records prior to the hearing; 

4. A description of the hearing process, including the student’s right to present and cross-examine witnesses and his/her  right to an attorney or other representation; and 

5. An explanation of the consequences of an expulsion.

B. Invite the parents/guardians and the student to a meeting prior to the expulsion hearing to discuss the procedures of the hearing.


The hearing shall be in a properly called executive session and may also be attended by persons designated by the Superintendent to present information in the case.

Upon making a decision to expel a student, the Board may:

A. Expel the student for a specific period of time not to exceed the total number of instructional days approved by the Board for the current year; or 

B Expel the student for an unspecified period of time and authorize the Superintendent to provide the expelled student with a reentry plan, to be developed in accordance with 20-A MRSA § 1001(9-C),  specifying  the conditions that must be met in order for the student to be readmitted to school after the expulsion.

After the expulsion hearing, the Board shall provide written notice of its decision to the parents/guardians and the student by certified mail.  

Nothing in this policy shall prevent the Board from providing educational services in an alternative setting to a student who has been expelled.


Legal Reference:
20-A MRSA § 1001(8-A), (9), (9A-9D)
1 MRSA § 405(6)(B)

Cross Reference:
JKE-R - Expulsion of Students—Guidelines
JICIA – Weapons, Violence and School Safety
JK - Student Discipline
JKD - Suspension of Students

Adopted: 10/23/00 
Reviewed: 04/26/10
Revised: 03/04/13

  • Section J