RICHFIELD PUBLIC SCHOOLS
The purpose of this policy is to convey to employees and to the general public the important role of community education within the Richfield School District.
It is the policy of the Richfield Board of Education that Richfield Community Education be committed to lifelong learning. Each community member is both a learner and a resource. Community Education will work in partnership with community members and existing programs to proactively create an alliance which will realize its ideal. Together, they will act as a catalyst to both envision and create this idea.
- GENERAL STATEMENT OF POLICY
The school board affirms a strong commitment to the community education and its ability to provide opportunities for involvement and personal growth for all ages. The school board welcomes, and strongly encourages use of school buildings and activity areas by the community when not used for regularly scheduled elementary and secondary programs. The school administration should strive to accomplish the following objectives:
- Maximum use should be made of public school facilities within the school district.
- Educational needs and interest of area residents should be determined periodically.
- Community resources and expertise of residents should be utilized to develop a vibrant well-rounded community education program.
- Area residents should be encouraged to actively participate in program opportunities.
- The community education program will align with and support the school district’s strategic plan and the success of students.
III. COMMUNITY EDUCATION ADVISORY COUNCIL
- The council shall assist in promoting the goals and objectives of the program.
- The membership of the community education advisory council shall represent a cross section of the community and should consist of members who represent: various service organizations; churches; public and nonpublic schools; local government including elected officials; public and private nonprofit agencies serving youth and families; parents; youth; park, recreation or forestry services of municipal or local government units located in whole or in part within the boundaries of the school district; and any other groups participating in the community education program in the school district.
- Bylaws of the community education advisory council shall provide the framework for the organization including criteria pertaining to membership, officers' duties, frequency and structure of meetings and such other matters as deemed necessary and appropriate.
- The council will adopt a policy to reduce and eliminate program duplication within the school district.
Legal References: Minn. Stat. §124D.19 (Community Education Programs; Advisory Council)
Minn. Stat. §123B.51 (Schoolhouses and Sites; Access for noncurricular Purposes)
Minn. Stat. §124D.20 (Community Education Revenue)
ADOPTED BY THE BOARD OF EDUCATION: December 8, 1998
REVIEWED BY THE BOARD OF EDUCATION: July 17, 2017
REVISED BY THE BOARD OF EDUCATION: July 11, 2005, August 8, 2017