Agenda Item
Meeting Date: 10/5/2017 - 7:00 PM
Category: Items Pulled from the Consent Calendar
Type: Action
Subject: Policy KL
Strategic Plan:
Objective 6.2 Continuous Improvement
ACPS will engage in cycles of continuous improvement at every level of the school division, and it will employ evidence-based decision-making in its consideration of process improvements, policy making, and budgeting and accountability.
Policy: BF - Board Policy Manual
Funding Source or Fiscal Impact (where applicable):
File Attachment:
171005_Memo_Policy_KL.pdf
171005_Policy_KL_Public_Complaints.pdf
Agenda Item Summary: As part of the Board’s continuing policy review, the Board reviewed the proposed revisions to Policy KL at its September 14, 2017 Board Meeting. Blue text reflects changes to the Code of Virginia that were discussed at that meeting. Orange text reflects Board Member feedback. (A hyperlink to the current policy is included for reference.)

Policy KL – Public Complaints
Last reviewed by the School Board in 1996, this policy has been updated to reflect the revision of Virginia Code § 22.1-87. The current statute requires that parents/guardians of students who are aggrieved by an action of the School Board may petition the local circuit court for judicial review. The court will uphold the Board’s action unless the Board exceeded its authority, acted arbitrarily or capriciously, or abused its discretion. Because the statute does not address judicial remedies for aggrieved students who have reached the age of majority, Policy KL has been revised to address such instances.
Background: The Code of Virginia § 22.1-253.13:7 requires that each local school board shall maintain and follow up-to-date policies, and that all policies shall be reviewed at least every five years and revised as needed. In addition, the Alexandria City School Board’s Policy BF provides that policies will be reviewed at least every three years and revised as needed.
Recommendation: The Superintendent recommends that the School Board approve Policy KL.
Approvals:
Recommended By:
Signed By:
Final-Clerk of the Board - Proxy
Vote Results:

Original Motion
Member Cindy Anderson Moved, Member Christopher J. Lewis seconded to approve the Original motion 'The Superintendent recommends that the School Board approve Policy KL.'. Upon a Roll-Call Vote being taken, the vote was: Aye: 9 Nay: 0.
The motion Carried 9 - 0
   
Ronnie Campbell     Yes
William E. Campbell     Yes
Karen Graf     Yes
Christopher J. Lewis     Yes
Ramee A. Gentry     Yes
Henry E. Cardwell     Yes
Margaret Lorber     Yes
Cindy Anderson     Yes
Veronica R. Nolan     Yes

New Motion
Member Cindy Anderson Moved, Member Margaret Lorber seconded to approve the New motion 'The Superintendent recommends that the School Board approve Policy KL.

Amend first sentence to read "For complaints involving a particular school, it shall be encouraged that a first step will be...."'. Upon a Roll-Call Vote being taken, the vote was: Aye: 9 Nay: 0.
The motion Carried 9 - 0
   
Cindy Anderson     Yes
Karen Graf     Yes
Christopher J. Lewis     Yes
Ronnie Campbell     Yes
Henry E. Cardwell     Yes
Veronica R. Nolan     Yes
Ramee A. Gentry     Yes
William E. Campbell     Yes
Margaret Lorber     Yes

New Motion
Member Christopher J. Lewis Moved, Member Cindy Anderson seconded to approve the New motion 'The Superintendent recommends that the School Board approve Policy KL.

In the last sentence of the first paragraph, insert the phrase direct the concern in writing or" and remove the phrase "at the School Board''s discretion" and add the phrase "be heard during the public comment period at a regular Board Meeting."'. Upon a Roll-Call Vote being taken, the vote was: Aye: 9 Nay: 0.
The motion Carried 9 - 0
   
Ramee A. Gentry     Yes
Christopher J. Lewis     Yes
Karen Graf     Yes
Ronnie Campbell     Yes
Henry E. Cardwell     Yes
Margaret Lorber     Yes
William E. Campbell     Yes
Cindy Anderson     Yes
Veronica R. Nolan     Yes