Barre Town Supervisory
District Policy Manual
TITLE: Board Powers and
Responsibilities CODE: BBA
In accordance with Vermont Statutes
Annotated, the Barre Town School Board is an agent of the State and the
duly constituted authority of the Town of Barre in all matters relating
to the operation of the public school.
The School Board is a corporate body of
five members elected by town voters to operate and maintain the school
system. It derives its powers and duties from the Statutes of the State
of Vermont. These duties shall include, but not be limited to, those
The School Board of a school district, in
addition to other duties and authority specifically assigned by law:
Shall determine the
educational policies of the school district. Board policies shall be of
general application to the district, shall be in writing, codified, and
made available to the public. Board policies shall be adopted at regular
or special School Board meetings. A School Board shall give public
notice of its intent to adopt a Board policy, stating the substance of
the proposed policy, at least ten days prior to its adoption. A School
Board may also approve or disapprove rules and regulations proposed by
the principal or superintendent for the conduct and management of public
schools in the district.
May take any action, which is
required for the sound administration of the school district. The
Commissioner of Education, with the advice of the attorney general, upon
request of a School Board, shall decide whether any action contemplated
or taken by a School Board under this subdivision is required for the
sound administration of the district and is proper under this
subdivision. The commissioner's decision shall be final.
Shall have the possession,
care, control, and management of the property of the school district,
subject to the authority vested in the electorate or any school district
Shall keep the school buildings and grounds in good repair, suitably
equipped, insured, and in safe and sanitary condition at all times. The
School Board will regulate or prohibit firearms or other dangerous or
deadly weapons on school premises.
Shall have discretion to furnish instruction to pupils who have
completed a secondary education and to administer early educational
May relocate or discontinue use of a schoolhouse [of] facility, subject
to the provision of 16 V.S.A. §821 & §822.
Shall establish and maintain an adequate system of financial
disbursement, accounting, control and reporting procedures that ensures
that all payments are lawful and in accordance with a budget adopted or
amended by the School Board. The School Board may authorize a
subcommittee or a designated employee of the School Board to examine
claims against the district for school expenses and draw orders for such
as shall be allowed by it payable to the party entitled thereto. Such
orders shall state definitely the purpose for which they are drawn and
shall serve as full authority to the treasurer to make such payments. It
shall be lawful for a School Board to submit to its treasurer a
certified copy of those portions of the Board minutes, properly signed
by the clerk and chairman, or a majority of the Board, showing to whom,
and for what purpose each payment is to be made by the treasurer, and
such certified copy shall serve as full authority to the treasurer to
make the payments as thus approved.
Shall establish with the
advice and consent of the auditor of accounts and the commissioner, a
system of accounts for the proper control and reporting of school
district finances and for stating the annual financial condition of the
Shall prepare and distribute
to the electorate, not fewer than ten days prior to the district's
annual meeting, a report of the conditions and needs of the district
school system, including the superintendent's and supervisory union
treasurer's annual report for the previous school year, and an auditor's
report prepared pursuant to 14 V.S.A. §1683.
Shall prepare and distribute
annually a proposed budget for the next school year according to such
major categories as may from time to time be prescribed by the
commissioner. A proposed budget shall show all revenues and expenses and
shall be prepared and distributed at least ten days before a sum of
money is voted on by the electorate.
Shall employ such persons as
may be required to carry out the work of the school district and dismiss
any employee when necessary. The School Board may delegate the
responsibility of hiring and dismissing classified personnel to the
superintendent. The Board shall consider the recommendation of the
Superintendent before employing or dismissing any licensed professional.
Shall prepare annually, on or
before August 5, a report for the school district containing, on forms
prescribed and furnished by the commissioner, a classified statement
under oath of the actual cash expenditures of the school district for
the preceding school year for school purposes, and such other
information as the commissioner prescribes. Such report shall be
prepared in triplicate. One copy shall be retained by the
superintendent, one copy shall be sent to the school district clerk, and
the other sent to the commissioner on or before August 15. A district
shall not be entitled to receive any portion of school money distributed
by the state unless such returns are made.
Shall provide, at the expense
of the district, subject to the approval of the superintendent, all text
books, learning materials, equipment and supplies.
Shall exercise the general
powers given to a legislative branch of a municipality.
May execute controls on
behalf of the school district by the Board's Chairperson, or any person
designated whose appointment is recorded in the minutes of the Board.
Shall employ a public
accountant at least once in each period of three years to audit the
financial statements of the school district and include in the annual
report a notice that the audit has been performed. The School Board may
authorize an audit in conjunction with another school district or
Shall establish policies and procedures designed to avoid the appearance
of Board member conflict of interest.
1st Reading: 4/7/04
2nd Reading/Adopted: 5/19/04
Date Originally Adopted: 11/7/83
Legal Reference(s): 16 V.S.A. §563
Cross-References: VSBA Vermont Model