A Message from the School Board
Over the last few weeks, our community has been asking questions about the rights and duties of the board in relation to district limited service contracts. These contracts are of short term duration (one year) and are used to obtain services that normally don’t require a full time team member to staff. Examples of the use of limited service contracts may be an advisor to the math club, or the director of the school play, and athletic coaches.
Coaches are appointed on a year to year basis via a limited service contact (as are all limited service contract holders). The board can elect to renew a contract or not renew a contract. In these, as in all instances, the board may or may not seek counsel from the district administration. The board may also choose not to follow a recommendation provided by the district administration. To our community, not following a recommendation by the administration may in some cases not make sense. It may also seem unfair or arbitrary at first glance. That is perfectly understandable.
The PA School Code of 1949 is the governing mantra of all school districts within Pennsylvania. It is the roadmap for all 501 districts and the “go to” guide for day to day operations. For greater context, consider the following section:
Section 511. School Athletics, Publications, and Organizations.--
(a) The board of school directors in every school district shall prescribe, adopt, and enforce such reasonable rules and regulations as it may deem proper, regarding (1) the management, supervision, control, or prohibition of exercises, athletics, or games of any kind, school publications, debating, forensic, dramatic, musical, and other activities related to the school program, including raising and disbursing funds for any or all of such purposes and for scholarships, and (2) the organization, management, supervision, control, financing, or prohibition of organizations, clubs, societies and groups of the members of any class or school, and may provide for the suspension, dismissal, or other reasonable penalty in the case of any appointee, professional or other employee, or pupil who violates any of such rules or regulations.