Model Policies

Policy BCB
Conflict of Interest

This policy binds both school board members and superintendents and prohibits the (new) hiring of relatives of school district elected officials or the superintendent. Officials who were elected subsequent to the district employment of their relative should recuse themselves from discussions and votes on a nomination or issue for which they would have a conflict.

Policy DA-A 
Preparation of Default Budget

This policy gives detailed guidance to school boards for constructing the default budget (for SB2 districts).  It includes guidance on the definition of one-time expenditures, legal/contractual obligations,  special education, reduction in the proposed operating budget, and the requirement for supporting documentation. This policy was written to reflect changes to the default budget law in 2018 for which the SDGA was instrumental.

Policy EH
Data Management (Public Use of School Records)

This policy sets school board expectations for both the administration and the board in dealing with Right to Know requests.  It states that “RSA 91-A defines the basic legal obligation for providing public information, but it is not the policy of this district to use RSA 91-A as a shield against public requests for information.”  This policy sets out numerous provisions for prompt response, appeal by the public to the board after information denials, and the requirement that Right to Know litigation be approved by the board before significant public funds are expended on them.

Policy GBCD
Background Investigation and Criminal Records Check

This policy was prepared at the request of the NH Department of Education to reflect changes to legislation in 2017.  This policy is to apply to all persons considered for employment with the district, as a student teacher or educational intern, as well as “Designated Volunteers.”

Policy IHCD-A and IHCD-B
Dual and Concurrent Enrollment – Community College System of New Hampshire

This policy was prepared at the request of the NH Department of Education to clarify dual and concurrent enrollment opportunities between high schools and community colleges and the responsibilities of school districts and their personnel in these programs.