909.  MUNICIPAL GOVERNMENT RELATIONS - Pg.

909.  MUNICIPAL GOVERNMENT RELATIONS

1.        Purpose

It is the policy of the Board that school district officials and municipal officials maintain a close and harmonious association. Such liaison is requisite for dealing with school/community concerns and issues in a satisfactory manner while assuring prudent expenditure of tax dollars.

2.        Authority

        PA Const.

        Art. III

        Sec. 14

The Board recognizes that its authority derives directly from the General Assembly, but it also is aware that the municipality and the school district must work together for the welfare of the residents.

        

      SC 502, 521, 706,

            775, 790

The Board, as an independent body, has no statutory relationship to other local governmental bodies.  However, the Board may cooperate with local government units and other appropriate organizations in matters that affect district responsibilities.  Such organizations may include, but not be limited to, health agencies, public libraries, museums, police and fire departments, township supervisors, borough council, planning commissions and the courts.

In matters affecting the budgets of such agencies, the Board shall neither seek special consideration nor assume costs that properly fall outside its jurisdiction, except as prescribed by law.

The Board advocates joint expenditures of district and municipal or county funds to provide facilities from which the entire community may derive benefits.  In accordance with this policy, the Board may, as either opportunity or need arises, and as it is entitled to do by law, enter into joint action agreements with the local municipal governing body in acquiring or leasing, improving, equipping, operating or maintaining such jointly used facilities.

3.  Delegation of

     Responsibility

      SC 1302.1-A,

            1303-A

      Title 22

      Sec. 10.11

      Pol. 805.1

The Superintendent and each local police department that has jurisdiction over the school property shall enter into, and update on a biennial basis, a memorandum of understanding which shall be developed and executed in accordance with state law and regulations.

To maintain cooperation with the municipality for fiscal and facilities planning, the Director of Safe Schools will meet periodically with municipal officials to discuss issues of common interest.

References:

Pennsylvania Constitution – PA Const. Art. III Sec. 14

School Code – 24 P.S. Sec. 502, 521, 706, 775, 790, 1302.1-A, 1303-A

State Board of Education Regulations – 22 PA Code Sec. 10.11, 10.24

Disaster Prevention – 35 Pa. C.S.A. Sec. 7701

Board Policy – 613, 805, 805.1

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