It is 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 District. The Board may appoint legal counsel at its annual meeting.
The superintendent and Board Secretary will have the authority to contact the Board’s legal counsel on behalf of the Board when the superintendent or Board Secretary believe it is necessary for the management of the District. The Board president may contact and seek advice from the school Board’s legal counsel. The Board’s legal counsel will attend both regular and special 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 is the responsibility of each Board member to pay the legal fees, if any, of an attorney the Board member consulted regarding matters of the District unless the Board has authorized the Board member to consult an attorney on the matter. It is 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 District.
Bishop v. Iowa State Board of Public Instruction, 395 N.W.2d 888 (Iowa 1986).
Iowa Code § 279.37 (2003).
Approved: May 4, 1990
Reviewed: February 1, 2021
Revised: December 8, 2008