If you are unfamiliar with the School Board Policy Postings and would like more info, follow these directions.
If you are on the district website and go to “Our District -> School Board”, it will take you to the School Board page. To the right of the page, you will see “Policy Manual“. When you click on that, you will see a number of policies, ranging from Finance to Property. When you have the time, we recommend that you familiarize yourself with the different district policies. There are quite a few, but it is well worth the time to do so.
Also under “District Policies”, you will see “Posted Policies“. These postings have not yet been voted into policy. Once a policy has been posted, there is a thirty day discussion period where the School Board accepts feedback concerning the posting. Some postings are straightforward and don’t initiate much debate. Others, however, can be rather controversial and much debate ensues. This is a good thing, and what the process is all about. At the end of the thirty day period, the School Board will either vote to accept the policy “as is”, or table it for further investigation and revision.
These postings can come from the District Solicitor, Administrators or School Board members who feel there is an issue that needs to be addressed. These issues can be as a result of public feedback, so in a round about way, we can have an effect on district policy.
The important thing to remember is that we as parents must make sure we take advantage of the information available to us and educate ourselves as to what is going on in our district. Attend a School Board meeting. Once a month, take a look at the School Board minutes and postings. Also, take a look at the PA Department of Education website. There is some very interesting information which will give you an idea of where some of our district postings originate.
Ask yourself, what would have happened if no one had known about this particular posting and it had been voted into policy? We would only have ourselves to blame for not taking the time to familiarize ourselves with simple district business.