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It shall be the responsibility  of the board to employ legal counsel  to assist the board and the administration  in carrying  out their duties with respect to the numerous  legal issues confronting  the school district.   The board may appoint legal counsel at its annual meeting.

The superintendent  shall have the authority  to contact the board's  legal counsel  on behalf of the board when the superintendent  believes  it is necessary  for the management  of the school district.   The board president  may contact and seek advice from the school board's  legal counsel.   The board's legal counsel shall attend both regular and special school board meetings  upon the request  of the board or the superintendent.    Board members  may contact legal counsel upon approval  of a majority  of the board.   It shall be the responsibility  of each board member  to pay the legal fees, if any, of an attorney  the board member  consulted  regarding  matters of the school district unless the board has authorized  the board member  to consult an attorney  on the matter.

It shall be the responsibility  of the superintendent  to keep the board informed  of matters  for which legal counsel was consulted,  particularly  if the legal services  will involve unusual expense  for the school district.



Legal Reference:           

     Bishop v. Iowa State Board of Public Instruction,  395 N.W.2d  888 (Iowa 1986).

     Iowa Code ß 279.37 (1995).


Cross Reference:               

     200  Legal Status of the Board of Directors


Approved:  10/14/96                                             Reviewed:        9/18/2017                                        Revised: