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The policies and administrative rules of the Climax-Scotts Community Schools Board of Education, Kalamazoo County, Michigan, are the result of a combined effort of the professional staff of NEOLA, the Board of Education and the District's staff. The staff of NEOLA has written the policy and rule model and integrated into that model the valid policies and procedures selected by the District at the time of the first draft. After forwarding the first draft, a NEOLA staff member, and selected staff members of the District worked in consort to edit all of the proposed policies and rules resulting in preparation of a final draft to be presented to the Board.
A special acknowledgement should go to the Board members and to the Superintendent of Schools who spent many hours studying the drafts and revisions to these policies and rules.
Understanding the Policy System
Policies are principles adopted by the Board to chart a course of action. They tell WHAT is wanted and may include WHY and HOW MUCH. They are broad enough to indicate a line of action to be taken by the administration in meeting a number of problems day after day; they should be narrow enough to give the administration clear guidance.
Rules, regulations or procedures are the detailed directions that are developed by the administration and staff to put policy into practice. They tell HOW, WHEN, WHERE and BY WHOM things are to be done. They are not adopted by the Board, but, rather, are changed, as needed, by the administration to meet the needs of day-to-day policy enforcement and administration of the schools.
This philosophy was incorporated into the thinking that produced the model and guided the Board and the District's staff in developing the final, adopted policies and review of rules.