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JUNE 15, 2016
ANNUAL AND SPECIAL MEETINGS: nOTICES, PROCEDURES AND POWERS
Presenter: Barry Forbes, Associate Executive Director and Staff Counsel
Time: 12-1 PM
This presentation will review the notice requirements for annual and special meetings, cover meeting agendas and procedures and discuss the division of powers between the annual meeting and the school board in common school districts.
JUNE 22, 2016
Fair labor Standards Act: New Federal Rules
Presenter: Bob Butler, Associate Executive Director and Staff Counsel
Time: 12-1 PM
The Department of Labor has proposed new rules regarding the Fair Labor Standards Act. This interactive webinar will cover the new proposed rules set to go into effect in July 2016. The webinar will provide detailed analysis of the rules and the impact of the rules on school districts. In addition, the webinar will cover topics such as: who is covered by the FLSA (employees, volunteers and independent contractors), how the FLSA affects employees’ pay and hours, and what is compensable time.
july 13, 2016
School District Referendums: Legal & Policy considerations
Presenter: Barry Forbes, Associate Executive Director and Staff Counsel
Time: 12-1 PM
More and more school districts are going to referenda for funding and facilities. This interactive webinar will cover the legal and policy considerations that you should consider before going to referenda. The webinar will provide detailed analysis of the different types of referenda, the procedure and timing of referenda, the use of district funds and resources during a referenda, the roles of the board, individual board members and staff during a referenda, and how districts, staff, and boards may interact with third party groups, e.g. “vote yes,” “vote no,” etc.
Legal Webinars – Recorded
This presentation covers all aspects of administrator contracts, including the drafting of contracts, contract term, application of section 118.24 Wis. Stat. to administrator nonrenewals and more. State and federal court decisions on administrator contracts.
Annual and Special Meetings:
Notices, Procedures and Powers (JUNE 2015)
This presentation will review the notice requirements for annual and special meetings, cover meeting agendas and procedures and discuss the division of powers between the annual meeting and the school board in common school districts. This 33-minute webinar is broken into four parts. Members will receive all four parts for $30.
Part 1: Time and Place of the Annual Meeting, Meeting Notice (6 minutes)
Part 2: Annual Meeting Powers (11 minutes)
Part 3: Preparing for the Annual Meeting (6 minutes)
Part 4: Conducting the Annual Meeting, Meeting Minutes and Special Meetings (10 minutes)
Complaint and Public Comment Procedures
Communications with the public and community engagement are some of the most important responsibilities of the school board, but can also interfere with the efficient conduct of business at board meetings. This webinar will review legal and policy issues relating to public participation at board meetings and the processing of complaints from the public. Members will receive all four parts for $30.
Part 1: Introduction (4 minutes)
Part 2: Complaint Procedures (14 minutes)
Part 3: Public Participation, Legal Considerations (8 minutes)
Part 4: Public Participation, Policy Considerations (6 minutes)
extracurricular issues: coaches' pay, assignments, etc. (Oct. 2013)
Extracurricular assignments compliment the core educational mission, but pose unique issues. This presentation will address the hiring process for coaches, how to pay coaches under the fair labor standards act, who can coach for the district, the role of volunteers, the training for coaches on concussions, and implications under Title IX.
evaluation policies and procedures (OCT. 2013)
While many school districts are no longer subject to just cause requirements for teacher nonrenewal, an effective evaluation process is critical to avoiding discrimination complaints and other challenges to teacher nonrenewal. This presentation will review the steps needed to design and implement an effective evaluation system.
FMLA: State and Federal Requirements (Aug. 2015)
This webinar will review requirements under the Wisconsin and Federal Family and Medical Leave Act, including eligibility for leave for birth or adoption, serious health conditions of employees, parents, spouses and children and the various leaves available to military service men and women and their families. Employer notice and documentation requirements will be covered along with employer and employee rights and obligations during and after FMLA leaves. Members will receive all four parts for $30. Part 1: Applicable Employers and Employees, Employer Notice Requirements (13 minutes)
Part 2: Types of Employee Leaves, Birth or Adoption (13 minutes)
Part 3: Serious Health Condition, Military Caregiver, Qualifying Exigency (20 minutes)
Part 4: Non-continuous Increments, Substitution of Paid Leave, Benefits Allowed, Reemployment (11 minutes)
HIRING SUPPORT STAFF
This presentation will inform you about the general hiring process of support staff, including state requirements. It includes information about the purpose of position descriptions, the posting of vacancy notices, application forms, the interview process, and reference checks. You will also learn about state and federal laws as they relate to employment discrimination.
Hiring Teachers (MAY 2016)
This presentation will inform you about the general hiring process of teachers, including state requirements It includes information about the purpose of position descriptions, the posting of vacancy notices, application forms, the interview process, and reference checks. You will also learn about state and federal laws as they relate to employment discrimination.
Individual contracts and the nonrenewal process
The elimination of collective bargaining by Act 10 elevates the importance of individual teacher contracts, which may become similar in content to administrator contracts. This presentation will focus on the process of drafting new contractual provisions to transition from traditional contracts to contracts that meet districts’ needs in the post-collective bargaining world.
This presentation also will review the basics of nonrenewal of teacher contracts under section 118.22 of the Wisconsin Statutes and include guidance on the application of constitutional protections and discrimination laws as well as alternatives to nonrenewal will be discussed.
Public comments at meetings can present a difficult balancing act for school boards.
Public Records (FEB 2015)
School districts are required to keep and provide public access to district records. This webinar will identify records covered by the law, review public notice requirement and discuss in detail how records custodians should respond to public records requests. Members will receive all four parts for $30. Part 1: Definitions,
Part 1: Notices and Custodians
Part 2: Requests
Part 3: Requestors, Applicants and Employees
Part 4: Denying a Request, New Developments
Pupil Expulsions (SEPT. 2015)
This webinar presentation covers state and federal laws relating to the pupil expulsions. The presentation will provide a roadmap for considering the expulsion of pupils and to help avoid common pitfalls when doing so. The presentation will focus on procedures for administrators as well as for boards that conduct their own expulsion hearings.
Pupil Records (AUG. 2015)
This presentation covers state and federal laws relating to the maintenance and release of pupil records. We will cover the basics of the pupil records law and focus on limitations to the release of pupil records and on recent changes in the law. This 60-minute webinar is broken into four parts. Members will receive all four parts for $30.
Part 1: Intro & FERPA (9 minutes)
Part 2: State Law (3 minutes)
Part 3: Privacy & Access (43 minutes)
Part 4: Maintenance (5 minutes)
Rules of Order for Conducting School Board Meetings
In general, school board meetings are more effective when the board members' attention is focused on the substance of their decisions, rather than on the procedures that are used to navigate the agenda and reach those decisions. A board policy that establishes a core set of “rules of order” for board meetings can provide a useful, mutually-understood framework for conducting board business. The presentation will provide an overview of areas where state law mandates certain procedures for school board meetings, and it will also identify several areas in which school boards have local flexibility.
School Board Organizational Meetings and Roles of Board Officers (april 2014)
School boards are required to hold their organizational meeting on or within 30 days of the 4th Monday in April. This presentation will review requirements for the organizational meeting and the roles and responsibilities of school board officers.
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Basic Resources for School Board Members
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WASB Recent 2011 Wisconsin Act 10 Legal Developments Webcast, Sept. 18, 2012 The WASB Recent 2011 Wisconsin Act 10 Legal Developments is designed to provide general information and commentary as a service to members. It should not be relied upon as legal advice. If legal advice is required, please contact either the WASB staff counsels at 1-877-705-4422 or the District's legal counsel.
Taking Office as a School Board Member
An Introduction to Wisconsin School Law
School Law Resources from the WASB
An Overview of Wisconsin's Open Meetings Law
School Board Meetings
The Public Records Obligations of Individual Board Members