Presentation on theme: "MONDAY, NOVEMBER 17, 2014 7:00 P.M. P RESENTED BY : K EVIN T. S UTTON L USK & A LBERTSON www.LuskAlbertson.com/WWCSpolicy POLICY REVISION PROCESS: AN OVERVIEW."— Presentation transcript:
MONDAY, NOVEMBER 17, :00 P.M. P RESENTED BY : K EVIN T. S UTTON L USK & A LBERTSON POLICY REVISION PROCESS: AN OVERVIEW
Purpose of Session Answer Key Questions Where Are We? Do We Need to Go Elsewhere? Where Should We Go? How Should We Get There? Who Is Going to Drive? What Do We Need to Bring With Us? Which Suitcase Should We Use? Determination of Priorities Process Overview
Starting Point Current Board Policy Manual 435 pages
How Did This Happen? Primary Culprit … Inclusion of Information that is Not Necessary Not really policy Restatement of the law Antiquated language or concepts Higher standards than required [ex: guarantee of safety] Who Gets the Blame? No One! More is Better You are NOT Alone!
Not Starting Over … Just a Makeover Objectives Streamline – fewer pages, less congestion Include what we need to include Distinguish between Policies and Administrative Guidelines Focus on District-specific interests/nuances Provide flexibility as needed in key areas Meet the Needs of the Board Meet the Needs of Staff/Admin Save Some Trees!
Action Steps Remove Restatements Remove Higher Standards than Needed (Liability) Include everything required under the law Example – 2011 Legislative changes (layoff/recall) Focus on District prerogatives How does the Board want to operate to educate the students of the District? Draw a Clear Line Between Policy and Administrative Guidelines Remove AG from Policy Manual
Policies Administrative Guidelines This is what most policy manuals look like …
Policies Administrative Guidelines This is How it Should Look …
Policies v. Admin Guidelines Policy Less is More Not Intended to Govern Every Situation Goal is to Point Administration in a Direction Latitude [ex: explaining to the judge …] Administrative Guidelines Process Form Procedure Flexibility Presented to Board
How Do We Get There? Many Different Options/Approaches Best Format … Use L&A Sample Policies as Starting Point Appoint an Administrator for Each Section (“Coordinator”) Review Board Policies Section by Section with Counsel Make Changes, Recommendations Focus on Objectives/District-specific foci Present to Board Policy Committee Review, Revise, Refine Move Sections Forward for Approval
Sequencing Up to the Board Typically (recommended) … Board starts with Board Governance and Operation Board Policy Committee reviews, works with counsel, makes recommendations for change Move Forward with Other Sections Order is at the will of the Board
Role of Legal Counsel NOT: To impose standard set of policies To tell the District/Board what its priorities should be To craft a “one size fits all” document IS: Using experience to craft a policy manual which is manageable, user-friendly, legally-compliant Help the District/Board integrate its priorities into policies Work collaboratively Provide insights, examples Be available!