1606 Brady St.
Davenport, IA
563-336-5000

Board Policy 901 – Organization

Board Policy Administrative Regulation
901.01 Name of School District (Reviewed 12/14/09)(Reviewed 3/23/15)
901.02 Legal Status of the Board (Reviewed 12/14/09)(Reviewed 3/23/15)
901.03 General Powers and Duties (Revised 12/14/09)(Reviewed 3/23/15)
901.04 Number of Members (Revised 12/14/09)(Reviewed 3/23/15)
901.05 Filling Vacancies for Directors and Officers of the Board (Reviewed 12/14/09)(Reviewed 3/23/15)
901.06 Student Board of Directors (Revised 4/26/10)(Reviewed 11/23/15)
901.07 Code of Ethics (Reviewed 1/11/10) (Deleted 4-10-17)
 
 

901.01

BY-LAWS OF THE BOARD

Name of School District

This school district is organized and known as “The Davenport Community School District, in the Counties of Scott and Muscatine, State of Iowa.”

  • Legal Reference: Code of Iowa Chapter 274.6

  • By action of the Board 12/13/76, Revised 7/11/83; Revised 5/27/97; Reviewed 12/14/09

  • Edited 7/97; 09; Reviewed 3/23/15


 

901.02

BY-LAWS OF THE BOARD

Legal Status of the Board

The Board of Directors of The Davenport Community School District derives its legal status from the Constitution of the State of Iowa and the statutes enacted by the General Assembly. The Board of Directors acts as an agent of the state in developing an educational program in accordance with the Constitution and laws of the State of Iowa.

  • Legal Reference: Code of Iowa Chapter 274

  • By action of the Board 12/13/76, 7/11/83; Revised 5/27/97; Reviewed 12/14/09

  • Edited 7/97; 12/09; Reviewed 3/23/15


 

901.03

BY-LAWS OF THE BOARD

Powers and Responsibilities

As the governing board of the school district, and acting on behalf of the people of the district, the board has three duties to perform:  legislative duty, executive duty and evaluative duty.

It is the responsibility of the board to enact policy for its own governance, for employees, for students and for district facilities.  Enacted board policy has the force and effect of law for the management and operation of the school district.

It is the responsibility of the board, under the board’s executive duty, to select its chief executive officer, the superintendent, to operate the district on the board’s behalf.  The board delegates to the superintendent its authority to carry out board policy, to formulate and carry out rules and regulations and to handle the administrative details in a manner which supports and is consistent with board policy.

It is the responsibility of the board to review the education program’s performance under its evaluative duty.  The board regularly reviews the education program and ancillary services.  The review includes a careful study and examination of the facts, conditions and circumstances surrounding the amount of funds received or expended and the education program’s ability to achieve the board’s educational philosophy and goals for the district.

The board is also empowered to enforce its policies.  The board may, through its quasi-judicial power, conduct hearings and rule on issues and disputes confronting the school district.

The board has these powers and all other powers expressly granted to it in federal and state law as well as the powers that can be reasonably implied from the expressed powers.

  • Legal References:  Code of Iowa  Chapter 279, Iowa Constitution – Article IX
  • By action of the Board 12/13/76, 7/11/83; Revised 5/27/97; Revised 1/14/02; Revised 12/14/09
  • Edited 01/02, 12/09; Reviewed 3/23/15

 


 

901.04

BY-LAWS OF THE BOARD

Number of Members

The Board of Directors shall consist of seven members.

  • Legal Reference: Code of Iowa Chapter 277.23

  • By action of the Board 12/13/76, 7/11/83; Revised 5/27/97; Revised 12/14/09

  • Edited 7/97; 12/09; Reviewed 3/23/15


 

901.05

BY-LAWS OF THE BOARD

Filling Vacancies for Directors and Officers of the Board

A vacancy shall, within thirty (30) days after the occurrence of the vacancy, be filled by appointment by the remaining members of the Board of Directors.

A person so appointed to fill a vacancy in an elective office shall hold that office until a successor is elected and qualified, pursuant to Iowa Code § 69.12.

A person appointed to fill a vacancy in an appointive office shall hold such office for the residue of the unexpired term and until a successor is appointed and qualified.

Any person so appointed as an officer or member of the Board of Directors shall qualify within ten days thereafter in the manner required by law.

However, if a member resigns prior to the time for filing nomination papers and specifies that a resignation will be effective on the date the next term of office for elective school officials begins, that date shall be the resignation’s effective date. Nomination papers shall be received, and the person elected at the next regular school election to fill this vacancy shall serve the unexpired term of the resigning member and take office with the other elected school board members.

If action is not taken to fill a vacancy among elective officers or members within thirty (30) days by the remaining members of the Board, the Secretary of the Board shall call a special election in the District. The Commissioner of Elections shall be responsible for publication of the required election notices.

If the vacancy is filled by special election before the expiration of a full term, the person elected shall hold office for the residue of the unexpired term and until a successor is elected or is appointed and qualified.

Note that if the Board Secretary does not call this meeting within 3 days following the expiration of the 30 days, the administration shall do so.

  • Legal References: Code of Iowa Chapters 279.6, 279.7; Chapter 277.28

  • Cross Reference: Board Policy 903.1 Annual Meeting

  • By action of the Board 12/13/76, 7/11/83; Revised 8/9/93; Revised 5/27/97; Reviewed 12/14/09

  • Edited 7/97; 12/09; Reviewed 3/23/15


 

901.06

BY-LAWS OF THE BOARD

The Student Board of Directors

The Board shall include two non-voting members from the student body of each of the District’s high schools. The principal from each high school will make the recommendation of two students to the board secretary.

The representatives from each school’s student body shall have the following duties:

a.   They shall have the privilege and obligation to be present at all Davenport School Board open sessions.

b.   They shall have the privilege of submitting items for discussion on the board agenda except those items relating to personnel.

c.   They may be called upon to reflect opinions of students of the school and/or to present a report on a specific issue to the Board.

d.   They shall be responsible for communicating board decisions and information to the school.

e.   They shall be responsible for presenting recommendations from the student body or the student government of the school to the Board.

The term of office shall be from the Organizational Board Meeting to the last Regular Board Meeting in May.  In case the representative from a school is unable to remain on the Board, the representative must notify the principal of the school represented.  The student government may request the building administration recall a student board member who neglects their duties as a representative of the student government.  Such circumstances would include, but are not limited to, failure to attend board meetings on a consistent basis.  The building administration is required to investigate all charges and has the discretion to accept or reject the student government’s request.

 

·         By action of the Board 12/13/76, 7/11/83; Revised 7/10/95; Revised 5/27/97; Revised 1/14/02; Revised 4/26/10

·         Edited  01/02, 4/10; Reviewed 11/23/15


 

901.07

BY-LAWS OF THE BOARD

Code of Ethics  – Deleted 4-10-17