The Richland Parish School Board shall provide for the operation, improvement and evaluation of a public school system and shall establish general policies in keeping with the needs of the communities of the system and applicable state laws.  The specific duties of the School Board shall include, but not be limited to the following:



Select and appoint a Superintendent and supervise the discharge of his/her duties.



Appoint all parish personnel from nominations made by the Superintendent.



Accept resignations of school personnel.



Consider, approve and evaluate policies relating to the operations of the public schools.



Establish general policies for a planned program of education as initiated by the Superintendent, his/her staff, the Board and others.



Receive, evaluate, and act upon the recommendations and reports of the Superintendent.



Adopt an annual budget and control expenditures accordingly; review periodic financial reports and modify the budget if and when necessary; submit budget, after approval, to the State Superintendent of Public Education for approval.



Adopt a resolution levying annually all taxes authorized by the Constitution, the laws of the State of Louisiana, and the voters of the parish, including taxes to meet the principal and interest on outstanding bonds; forward such resolution to the assessor of Richland Parish.



Request legal opinions from the District Attorney and the Attorney General of the State of Louisiana as needed.



Call special tax elections to vote bond issues to provide adequate school facilities and equipment after approval of the State Bond and Tax Board.



Call special tax elections to vote on renewal of existing taxes as well as for additional tax millage for school purposes as provided by the laws of the State of Louisiana.



Secure approval of the State Board of Health, State Fire Marshall of plans for all new buildings, and/or additions to existing buildings.



Advertise for bids for public work to be done, exceeding the sum of $150,000 including both labor and materials, and all purchases of materials or supplies exceeding the sum of $30,000.  Let contracts to the lowest responsible bidder who has bid according to contract plans and specifications, as advertised.



Provide transportation to any school of suitable grade approved by the Louisiana Department of Education for children living more than one mile therefrom.



Establish attendance areas and school boundaries.



Prescribe rules and regulations governing the handling of all funds and employees entrusted with such funds.  Require proper bond as stipulated by the laws of the State of Louisiana of all persons who handle large sums of money.



Sue and/or defend itself in suits at law.



Consider, revise, and adopt recommendations of the Superintendent and members of his/her staff for providing adequate buildings and equipment for the public school system of Richland Parish.



Appoint architects and/or engineers, as needed, to design new schools and/or renovations of existing buildings.



Inform the public concerning the progress and needs of the schools, the instructional program, and the financial status of the school system, accurately accounting for all receipts and expenditures.



Observe and enforce all applicable provisions of the Constitution and the Statutes of the State of Louisiana and all rules, regulations, and directives of the Louisiana Board of Education and of the State Superintendent of Education.



Appoint advisory committees, when needed, to investigate and recommend courses of action.



Appoint consultants to provide research data which the Board may use to support decisions.



Ref:     La. Rev. Stat. Ann. ยงยง17:51, 17:81, 17:84, 17:85, 17:88, 17:95, 17:97, 17:105, 17:105.1, 17:106, 17:108, 17:109, 17:111, 17:112, 17:158, 17:221, 17:441, 17:442, 17:443, 17:444, 17:1171, 17:1373, 38:2211, 38:2212, 38:2212.1


Richland Parish School Board