The county board chair acts for the county on special groups that appoint members of district boards of vocational, technical and adult education (technical colleges), even if there is a county administrator or executive. 60 Atty. Gen. 257.
District board duties. 38.12(1)
Control of district schools.
Except as otherwise provided by statute, the district board shall have exclusive control of the district schools established by it and of property acquired for the use of such schools.
(2) District funds and treasurer.
The district board shall deposit all moneys received by it with the district board treasurer who shall be accountable for such funds. All expenditures exceeding $2,500 shall be approved by the district board. Disbursement of such funds shall be made in accordance with s. 66.0607 (6)
(3) District director and other employees. 38.12(3)(a)(a)
The district board shall employ and fix the compensation of:
A district director who shall have general supervision and management of the development and work of the district schools.
Such supervisors, coordinators, teachers and technical advisers and experts as are necessary.
Such clerical assistants, custodians and other employees as are necessary.
Employees under par. (a) 1.
shall meet the requirements established by the board and, where applicable, the qualifications determined under s. 38.04 (4) (a)
Employment of the district director under par. (a) 1.
shall be by written contract which shall be filed with the district board secretary. The contract shall set forth all of the terms and conditions of employment.
(4) Publication of proceedings; open records.
The proceedings of the district board meetings shall be published within 45 days after the meeting as a class 1 notice, under ch. 985
, in a newspaper published in the district. If no newspaper is published in the district, the proceedings may be publicized as the district board directs. The publication of the proceedings shall include a statement of receipts and expenditures in the aggregate. The district board shall make a detailed record of all receipts and expenditures available to the public for inspection at each district board meeting and upon request.
(5) Annual audit.
The district board shall annually authorize an audit of the district in accordance with rules promulgated by the board under s. 38.04 (11) (b)
. The district board shall submit the audit report to the board no later than 6 months following the end of each fiscal year.
(5m) Annual budget.
The district board shall prepare its annual budget in compliance with rules promulgated by the board under s. 38.04 (11) (a)
. The district board shall submit an approved copy of its budget to the board by July 1 of each year and shall report any subsequent budget modification to the board within 30 days of approval of the modification by the district board.
(6) Transportation planning.
The district board shall work with the regional planning commissions and the local authorities of the community in which the district school is located to evaluate the transportation needs of the district school population. The district board shall develop a transportation plan for the district school to effect energy resource conservation and efficient use of transportation resources. The plan shall include pedestrian walkways, bikeways, bike routes, bicycle storage racks, car and van pools, and to the extent feasible, improved mass transit services. The transportation plans shall detail parking management strategies and parking fee policies which provide incentives for the use of mass transit and high occupancy vehicles.
(7) District policies.
The district boards shall establish specific written policies on district matters, including all of the matters enumerated under s. 38.04 (14)
, which are consistent with the rules promulgated under s. 38.04 (14)
. The policies may not conflict with any collective bargaining agreement and are subject to review and approval by the board.
See also ch. TCS 6
, Wis. adm. code.
(8) Cooperation with other state agencies. 38.12(8)(a)(a)
The district boards shall actively coordinate, with the department of public instruction and the school boards, the responsibility for providing vocational training to pupils attending high school and for providing education to persons who have dropped out of high school.
The district boards shall actively coordinate, with the institutions within the University of Wisconsin System, the sharing of programs and facilities, including the collegiate transfer program, adult education and evening courses and part-time student and associate degree programs, in order to reduce the duplication of such programs and facilities.
Annually by July 1, the district board shall report to the school boards of every school district located in whole or in part within the boundaries of the district on the steps the district board has taken in the previous year to satisfy its responsibility under par. (a)
(9) Fire fighter training programs.
The district board shall make available to members of volunteer and paid fire departments maintained by cities, villages and towns located in the district a fire fighter training program approved by the board and funded under s. 20.292 (1) (gr)
. No district board may charge a fee for training provided under this subsection.
(10) Controlled substances and controlled substance analogs; discipline.
Each district board shall adopt rules providing nonacademic misconduct disciplinary sanctions for any student who engages in an activity, on district premises or at a district-sponsored event, that constitutes a violation of ch. 961
. In determining the appropriate sanction, the district board or its designee shall consider those penalties, including suspension and expulsion, that will contribute most effectively to maintaining a school environment free from controlled substances, as defined in s. 961.01 (4)
, and controlled substance analogs, as defined in s. 961.01 (4m)
(11) Orientation program; information on sexual assault and sexual harassment.
The district board shall:
Incorporate in its orientation program for newly entering students oral and written information on sexual assault and sexual harassment, as defined in s. 111.32 (13)
, including information on sexual assault by acquaintances of the victims and on all of the following:
Generally available national and state statistics on sexual assaults and on sexual assaults by acquaintances of the victims.
The rights of victims under ch. 950
and the services available at the district school and in the community to assist a student who is the victim of sexual assault or sexual harassment.
Protective behaviors, including methods of recognizing and avoiding sexual assault and sexual harassment and locations in the community where courses on protective behaviors are provided.
Annually supply all students enrolled in the district printed material that includes all of the information under par. (a)
Annually, submit a report to the chief clerk of each house of the legislature for distribution to the appropriate standing committees under s. 13.172 (3)
. The report shall indicate the methods the district board used to comply with pars. (a)
(13) Armed forces.
If a student who is a member of a national guard or a member of a reserve unit of the U.S. armed forces withdraws from school after September 11, 2001, because he or she is called into state active duty or into active service with the U.S. armed forces for at least 30 days, the district board shall reenroll the student beginning in the semester in which he or she is discharged, demobilized, or deactivated from active duty or the next succeeding semester, whichever the student prefers, shall give the student the same priority in registering for courses that the student would have had if he or she had registered for courses at the beginning of the registration period, and, at the student's request, do one of the following for all courses from which the student had to withdraw:
Effective date text
(13) Armed forces. If a student who is a member of a national guard or a member of a reserve unit of the U.S. armed forces withdraws from school after September 11, 2001, because he or she is called into state active duty or into active service with the U.S. armed forces for at least 30 days, the district board shall reenroll the student beginning in the semester following his or her discharge from active duty or the next succeeding semester, whichever the student prefers, and, at the student's request, do one of the following for all courses from which the student had to withdraw:
Reimburse the student all tuition and fees paid for all the courses.
Grant the student an incomplete in all the courses and permit the student to complete the courses, within 6 months after leaving state service or active service, without paying additional tuition or fees.
History: 1971 c. 154
; 1975 c. 198
; 1977 c. 29
; 1979 c. 221
; 1981 c. 20
; 1981 c. 391
; 1983 a. 27
; 1983 a. 379
; 1983 a. 391
; 1985 a. 332
s. 251 (1)
, (3); 1987 a. 399
; 1989 a. 56
; 1993 a. 227
; 1995 a. 27
s. 9145 (1)
; 1995 a. 448
; 1997 a. 27
; 1999 a. 150
; 2001 a. 22
; 2003 a. 69
; 2005 a. 324
See also ch. TCS 7
, Wis. adm. code.
Public broadcasting stations.
If the district board governing the Milwaukee area technical college determines to relinquish its public broadcasting licenses, it shall offer to assign the licenses to the educational communications board, subject to approval of the federal communications commission.
History: 1985 a. 29
; 1987 a. 399
District board powers. 38.14(1)
The district board may sue and be sued in the name of the district and may prosecute or defend all suits brought by or against the district.
For the use of the district schools, the district board may:
Purchase or lease materials, supplies and equipment.
Purchase or lease suitable land and buildings and rent to others any portion of such land and buildings not needed for school purposes.
Construct, enlarge and improve buildings. Existing school buildings and equipment shall be used as far as practicable.
If there is a county teachers college in the district which is no longer in operation, the district board shall utilize the existing buildings and equipment of the college to the extent possible.
With the approval of the director under s. 38.04 (2)
, the district board may sell any property which it finds to be no longer needed by the district.
All conveyances, leases and contracts under this subsection shall be in the name of the district.
Lease facilities to others for school purposes. The district board may not enter into a lease under this subdivision after June 30, 1999.
Lease land to others for the construction of a building for school purposes if any future acquisition of the building by the district board will not expose the district board to an expenditure exceeding $500,000, excluding moneys received from gifts, grants or federal funds. The district board may not enter into a lease under this subdivision after June 30, 1991.
The district board may enter into contracts to provide educational services to public and private educational institutions, tribal schools, federal and state agencies, local governmental bodies, industries, and businesses.
If a district board contracts with a school board to provide youth apprenticeship instruction to pupils enrolled in the school district, the district board may not charge the school board an amount that is greater than the technical college district's direct instructional costs associated with providing the instruction.
The district board may enter into contracts with local community-based organizations for basic skills instruction.
The district board may enter into contracts to provide fiscal and management services to public and private educational institutions, tribal schools, federal and state agencies, and local governmental units.
A district board may contract with a foreign government or any business which is not operating in this state, if a district board demonstrates that the district will receive a direct and measurable benefit from the contract and that the contract will not result in a reduction in the quality of education at district schools and if all of the following conditions are met:
The contract meets all of the requirements for a district board contract under this subsection.
The contract provides for full cost recovery so that no direct or indirect costs under the contract will be funded by the district.
The district board reviews all cost allocation and record-keeping systems for all services provided under the contract, which shall be subject to audit by the district board, and provides guidelines which conform with the requirements of this paragraph.
The district board agrees to conduct an audit, on at least an annual basis, to determine that no state aids or district tax funds are spent in the execution of the contract.
No district employee may receive compensation from a contract under par. (c)
in excess of the compensation that he or she receives as compensation as a district employee, and any compensation that a district employee receives from a contract under par. (c)
shall be paid in proportion to the percentage of an employee's workload that represents the amount of time that an employee is assigned to work under a contract.
The district board shall establish and file with the board policies governing contracting under this subsection. By December 1, 1990, and annually by December 1 thereafter, the district board shall submit to the board, in a form determined by the board, a report identifying all contracts under which the district board provided services under this subsection in the preceding fiscal year, and any other information requested by the board.
See also ch. TCS 8
, Wis. adm. code.
(4) Gifts and grants.
The district board may accept gifts, grants and bequests to be used in the execution of its functions and may accept grants to provide fiscal and management services for the office of justice assistance in the department of administration or its subsidiaries or, if applicable, its successor agency.
(5) Advisory committees.
The district board may establish advisory committees representing every occupation in the district. Each advisory committee shall consist of equal numbers of employers and employees selected by the district board from recommendations submitted by representative organizations and associations of each occupation. The district board and the district director may request the advice and assistance of these advisory committees in selecting, purchasing and installing equipment, in preparing course materials, in developing instructional methods and vocational guidance programs and for such other purposes as the district board desires.
The district board may provide transportation for students within the district, but no state aid may be paid for this service.
(7) Sale of articles.
The district board may sell at market value articles manufactured in district schools. The proceeds from such sales shall be paid to the district treasurer.
(9) Activity, incidental and vocational-adult seminar and workshop fees.
The district board may establish student activity and incidental fees to fund, in whole or in part, the cost of services and activities offered as support services for regular instruction. With the approval of the state director, the district board may establish fees for vocational-adult seminars and workshops, not to exceed the full cost of the seminar or workshop less the fee charged under s. 38.24 (1m)
(10) Bonds for officers and employees.
The district board may require an officer or employee of the district board to give security for the faithful performance of his or her duties in such form and amount as the district board determines, and may require at any time additional bonds and sureties of any officer or employee.
(11) Displaced homemakers' program.
The district board may apply for and spend grant funds from the board for displaced homemakers' programs. The district board may spend those grant funds for contracts with local community organizations.
(12) Initiatives to provide coordinated services.
If the county board of supervisors establishes an initiative to provide coordinated services under s. 59.53 (7)
, the district board may participate in the initiative and may enter into written interagency agreements or contracts under the initiative.
(13) Parking regulations and fees.
The district board may adopt resolutions regulating the parking of motor vehicles on property under its jurisdiction. The resolutions may establish a fee for the parking of motor vehicles by students, faculty, staff and visitors and fines for the violation of any parking regulation. Nothing in this subsection requires that all users of the parking facilities be charged a parking fee.
(14) Student identification numbers.
The district board may assign to each student enrolled in the district a unique identification number. The district board shall not assign to any student an identification number that is identical to or incorporates the student's social security number. This subsection does not prohibit a district board from requiring a student to disclose his or her social security number, nor from using a student's social security number if such use is required by a federal or state agency or private organization in order for the district board or the student to participate in a particular program.
The Milwaukee technical college may acquire and operate a retail service station as a part of a vocational training program. 58 Atty. Gen. 23.
A vocational, technical and adult education (technical college) district has authority to purchase buildings for administration purposes or student dormitory housing, and in doing so would not violate the constitutional ban on works of internal improvement. 60 Atty. Gen. 231.
VTAE (technical college) districts and the state board of vocational, technical and adult education do not have the power of eminent domain and, therefore, are not subject to ss. 32.19 to 32.27, the relocation act. 63 Atty. Gen. 367.
A VTAE (technical college) board may subsidize public bus lines to provide transportation under sub. (6). 65 Atty. Gen. 305.
Responsibilities of students.
The students of each district, subject to the responsibilities and powers of the board, the state director, the district board, the district director and the faculty, shall be active participants in the immediate governance of and policy development for the district and may participate in all matters affecting student interests to the extent not in conflict with the terms of any collective bargaining agreement. As such, students have primary responsibility for the formulation and review of policies concerning student life and services. Students in consultation with the district director and subject to the final confirmation of the district board have the responsibility for the disposition of student activity and incidental fees under s. 38.14 (9)
. The students of each district may organize themselves in a manner that they determine and select their representatives to participate in district governance. This section does not prohibit the board, the state director, the district board, the district director or the faculty from selecting students to participate in district governance but any students selected by those bodies or persons shall not be considered to be representatives of the students for the purposes of the students' right to select their representatives to participate in district governance.
History: 1993 a. 101
Financing of capital expenditures. 38.15(1)
Subject to sub. (3)
, if the district board intends to make a capital expenditure in excess of $1,500,000, excluding moneys received from gifts, grants or federal funds, for the acquisition of sites, purchase or construction of buildings, the lease/purchase of buildings if costs exceed $1,500,000 for the lifetime of the lease, building additions or enlargements or the purchase of fixed equipment relating to any such activity, it shall adopt a resolution stating its intention to do so and identifying the anticipated source of revenue for each project and shall submit the resolution to the electors of the district for approval. The referendum shall be noticed, called and conducted as provided in s. 67.05 (3)
insofar as applicable. For the purposes of this section, all projects located on a single campus site within one district which are bid concurrently or which are approved by the board under s. 38.04 (10)
within a 2-year period shall be considered as one capital expenditure project.
No more than $1,000,000 in reserve funds, consisting of property tax revenues and investment earnings on those revenues, may be utilized by the district board to finance capital expenditures in excess of $1,500,000 for the purposes under sub. (1)
This section does not apply to any of the following:
Building program actions approved by the board before February 1, 1980.
Building remodeling or improvement projects.