The Wake County school system will pay $24,900 to the N.C. School Boards Association to review and update the district’s policy manual.
The school board approved Tuesday a “ two-step option” in which NCSBA will customize Wake’s policy manual to align the policies with the association’s numbering system. Wake’s policy numbers will be changing as part of a two-year process to review all the current district policies.
NCSBA recommends that school boards review their policies every seven to 10 years. Wake school board policy 1500 says the school board “periodically shall hold a review of its operations and procedures.”
“It gives us the overdue process to evaluate our policies,” school board member Jim Martin, chairman of the policy committee, said Tuesday. “It is a heck of work for us to commit to so I don’t think we should take this vote likely. I think the outcome down the road is something we’d appreciate.”
For instance, Martin said that they’d know for sure which policies, some which haven’t been reviewed in years, are still in effect.
Board members stressed that the review did not mean they’d be throwing out policies unique to Wake. But some unique Wake policies might be converted to administrative rules and procedures (R&P).
Normally contracts as small as $24,900 are approved by the administration. But it was brought to the school board for approval because it involves the board’s policies.