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District Policies - A - School District Organization

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A-District Authority 

  • Home Rule 

AA-School District Legal Status -KSA 72-6734 et seq. 

  • SN An information category 
  • Official Name 
  • Seal 

ABE-District Goals and Objectives 
AC-School District Organization Plan -KSA 72-8212 
AD-School District Attendance Areas -KSA 72-8212; 72-7204 
AE-School Year -KSA 72-I106 
AEA-School Calendar 
AEB-Extended School Year 

  • Summer Sessions 

AF-School Day -KSA 72-1106 

  • Double Sessions 
  • Evening Sessions 

AG-School Closings -KSA 72-8213; 72-8213a 

 

 

A  District Authority

The governance of the district shall be vested in the board.

Home Rule

The board shall have authority to conduct district business without specific statutory delegation. 

The board may transact all school district business and adopt policies the board deems appropriate to perform its constitutional duty to maintain, develop and operate local public schools.

Approved:  October 12, 1998

Updated: July 7, 2003

Updated:  November 9, 2009

Reviewed:  August 26, 2013

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AA  School District Legal Status

Official Name

Hutchinson Public Schools, Unified School District No. 308, Reno County,

Kansas shall be the official name of the school district.

Seal

The corporate seal of the district shall consist of two concentric circles between

which shall be the name "HUTCHINSON PUBLIC SCHOOLS, RENO COUNTY, KANSAS."   In the center shall be inscribed "USD 308, SEAL."

Approved:  October 12, 1998

Updated:  November 9, 2009

Updated:  August 26, 2013

References:  K.S.A.§§ 72-6789b,  72-8201, 72-8202 

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ABE  District Goals and Objectives

The board shall establish a set of long-range goals and objectives to guide the operations of the district, which shall be reviewed annually.  All personnel in the district shall direct their efforts toward achieving the goals and objectives of the board in order to insure that students are able to function effectively in their environment, employment, and continuing educational efforts.

The board shall participate in long-range planning through an annual meeting with the superintendent and designated staff to review progress on the implementation of priorities, initiatives, and long-range plans.  The board also shall consider and act upon objectives and major activities proposed by the superintendent to achieve long-range goals.

The superintendent shall develop necessary procedures, forms, or other measures to implement this policy.

The superintendent shall provide opportunities for interested patrons to become knowledgeable about the district long-range planning process, and to review and to make recommendations concerning specific district long-range plans.

The superintendent shall give the board periodic reports.

Approved: October 12, 1998

Updated:  November 9, 2009

Reviewed:  August 26, 2013

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AC  School District Organization Plan

The district will be organized on a Pre K-6, 7-8, 9-12 plan.  Elementary and middle school attendance centers may also be organized with fewer grades in selected buildings.

Approved: October 12, 1998

Updated:  November 9, 2009

Reviewed:  August 26, 2013

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AD  District Attendance Area                  

The board may review school attendance areas annually and make changes as warranted.

The superintendent may, on or before March 15 of each year, prepare a report for the board, concerning the changing of school attendance areas for the next school year and the reasons for the recommendations.  The board shall consider the recommendations at the first regular meeting following receipt of the report but shall take no action on the report at that meeting.  The recommended changes shall be made available to the patrons of the district.  If the recommendations include closing a school building, the board shall conduct a public hearing as required by law.  

Approved: October 12, 1998

Updated:  November 9, 2009

Revised/Reviewed:  August 26, 2013

Reference:  K.S.A. 72-8213bg

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AE  School Year 

The board shall provide a school year consisting of not less than:

  1. The minimum number of statutorily required school day-s for students K-12, consisting of not less than 2 1/2 hours for kindergarten students and 6 hours for students in grades 1-12; or
  2. The minimum number of statutorily required school hours for students in grades K-12.

Approved:  October 12, 1998

Updated:  November 9, 2009

Reviewed:  August 26, 2013 

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AEA  School Calendar

The board shall establish a school calendar for each school year.

On or before February 1 of each year, the superintendent shall present to the board a recommended school calendar for the next school year.  In making such recommendation, the superintendent should be prepared to minimize conflicts with religious holidays of all faiths, shall consider the customs of the district, legal holidays and other relevant matters.  The superintendent shall also consider the recommendations of the district's staff in the preparation of the school calendar, but the adoption of the school calendar shall not be a subject of discussion in the negotiating process, except as provided by law.  A copy of the current annual calendar shall be on file in the clerk's office.

Approved:  October 12, 1998

Updated:  November 9, 2009

Reviewed:  August 26, 2013

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AEB  Extended School Year

The board may extend the regular academic year.  The superintendent shall be responsible for the preparation of a plan to operate "summer sessions" that shall not interfere with the regular instructional program of the district.

Approved:  October 12, 1998

Updated:  November 9, 2009

Reviewed:  August 26, 2013

Reference:  K.S.A. 72-1106 et seq.

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AF School Day

The board shall establish the time of beginning and ending the school day and other time schedules.

Double Session

The board may establish double sessions.

Evening Sessions

The board may establish evening sessions for instruction provided that sufficient interest in such sessions is demonstrated by students and provided that such sessions are within the financial capabilities of the district.

The beginning and ending times for all classes in each attendance center will be published each August on the district website and posted at each attendance center.     

Approved:  October 12, 1998

Updated:  November 9, 2009

Revised:  August 26, 2013

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AG  School Closings

The board is responsible for assessing the use of school facilities and other resources.  The superintendent will seek direction from the board prior to making recommendations relative to a district-wide facilities assessment or the closing of specific attendance center(s).  Once schools which may be closed are identified, an appropriate recommendation will be made to the board for study.

Procedures

Initially, the superintendent shall make recommendations to the board concerning any facility that may be discontinued as an attendance center. 

The superintendent will seek guidance from members of the board prior to making recommendations relative to the possible closing of attendance centers.

After a school is identified for possible closing and the board has given approval to study the particular situation, parents and other school patrons of the attendance area will be involved in discussions pertaining to the possible closing.  Outside consultants may be utilized to assist in the study of a possible school closing.

An orderly procedure, including the provision of information to all who will be affected, will be utilized when giving serious consideration to closing a school.  The administrative process to obtain board approval to close one or more schools will be consistent with procedures listed following AG-R.

If the board has approved the closing of a school, the administration will use reasonable means to inform parents of students affected by the closing about their new school assignment.

Necessary alignment of boundaries will be made when a school is to be closed, taking into account distances from other schools, traffic patterns, building capabilities, enrollments and programs.

Administrative planning for reassignment of students and staff members, disposition of equipment and furniture, etc., normally will be completed prior to the end of the school year.

Alternate uses of the building or disposition of the property will be considered in light of current projected needs.

Approved:  October 12, 1998

Updated:  November 9, 2009

Reviewed:  August 26, 2013

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