The following policy was presented for a first reading at the April 5, 2021 School Committee meeting and will be considered for adoption at the April 26, 2021 School Committee meeting.
The School Committee is responsible for hiring an attorney to serve the school district. It will be the duty of said counsel for the Committee to advise the School Committee and the Superintendent on the specific legal problems submitted to them. They will attend meetings upon request and will be sufficiently familiar with Committee policies, practices, and actions under these policies, and with requirements of the school law to enable them to offer the necessary legal advice.
A decision to seek legal advice or assistance on behalf of the school district will be made by the Committee, its chairperson, or by the Superintendent on its behalf.
Many types of legal assistance are routine and do not require specific Committee approval or prior notice. However, when the Superintendent concludes that unusual types or amounts of professional legal service may be required, they will advise the Committee and seek either initial or continuing authorization for such service.