School board contracts for courses. 120.21(1)
The school board of a union high school district or a common school district operating elementary and high school grades may contract:
With the University of Wisconsin-Extension for extension courses for pupils enrolled in high school.
With flight operator schools, approved by the U.S. civil aeronautics administration, for courses in flight instruction approved by the state superintendent.
The cost of such contracts shall be paid out of the school district general fund.
School board cooperation in acquiring school facilities. 120.25(1)(1)
Two or more school boards may by written contract executed by all participants to the contract, own, construct, lease or otherwise acquire school facilities including real estate located within or outside the boundaries of any participating school district.
School boards entering into a contract under this section may, without limitation because of enumeration:
Provide for acquisition, construction, operation and administration of a facility, and establish the functions, projects and services to be provided in the facility, including, without limitation because of enumeration, proration of all expenses involved, operational and fiscal management including deposit and disbursement of funds appropriated, designation of the municipal employer for purposes of compliance with s. 111.70
, teacher retirement, worker's compensation and unemployment insurance.
Purchase real estate and personal property, including a fractional or other interest in the real estate and personal property and enter into leases for sites, building and equipment for a term not exceeding 50 years.
Issue municipal obligations subject to the procedures and limitations of ch. 67
Provide the terms and conditions for accepting additional school districts as participants in the plan and for withdrawal from or termination of the contract including apportionment of assets and liabilities.
A contract entered into under this section shall at all times be limited to a period of 50 years but may, by mutual written consent of all participants, be modified or extended beyond the initial term.
A contract or any extension of the contract of over 5 years duration which includes a common or union high school district participant shall be approved by the annual or special school district meeting.
At least 30 days prior to entering into a contract under this section or a modification or extension of the contract, the school boards of the districts involved or their designated agent shall file the proposed agreement with the state superintendent to enable the state superintendent or state superintendent's designee to assist and advise the school boards involved in regard to the applicable recognized accounting procedure for the administration of the school aid programs. The state superintendent shall review the terms of the proposed contract to ensure that each participating district's interests are protected.
School boards entering into a contract under this section shall designate for each employee providing services under the contract either a school district entering into the contract or a cooperative educational service agency as the employer for purposes of compliance with s. 111.70
, teacher's retirement, worker's compensation and unemployment insurance.
History: 1999 a. 150
UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICTS
This subchapter applies to unified school districts.
History: 1985 a. 225
; Stats. 1985 s. 120.40.
Composition of school board. 120.41(1)
A school board of a unified school district may have 5, 7 or 9 members.
The number of school board members may be changed in accordance with s. 120.02 (1)
. A plan of apportionment of school board members may be adopted in accordance with s. 120.02 (2)
History: 1981 c. 20
; 1985 a. 225
; Stats. 1985 s. 120.41.
Election of school board members. 120.42(1)(a)(a)
Except as provided in pars. (b)
, school board members in a unified school district shall be electors of the school district and shall be elected at large, at large to numbered seats or at large to an apportioned election district area by a plurality vote of the electors of the school district. School board members in a unified school district shall be elected under s. 120.06
at the spring election. All candidates for school board seats shall file a declaration of candidacy as provided in s. 120.06 (6) (b)
School board members in a unified school district that encompasses a city with a population greater than 150,000 but less than 500,000 shall be elected at large to numbered seats.
School board members elected to a school board in an election under s. 117.22 (2) (bm)
shall reside in the territory of the school district created by the reorganization.
The regular terms of school board members shall be for 3 years. School board members elected for regular or unexpired terms shall take office, if they have taken and filed the official oath, on the 4th Monday in April. Elections to fill unexpired terms shall be held simultaneously with the elections for regular terms. In school districts electing members of the school board at large, the regular terms shall be filled by the appropriate number of candidates receiving the highest number of votes and the unexpired terms shall be filled by the appropriate number of candidates receiving the next highest number of votes.
All vacancies shall be filled by appointment, in accordance with s. 17.26 (1)
If a school district votes, pursuant to s. 120.02 (4)
to adopt a plan requiring school board members to be elected to numbered seats, the school board shall, at its first meeting after the adoption of such plan, assign a number to each seat on the school board. Thereafter candidates for school board membership shall file as candidates for a particular numbered seat on the school board.
School board meetings. 120.43(1)
Annually, on or within 30 days after the 4th Monday in April, the school board shall elect a school district president, vice president, clerk and treasurer from among its members and a school board secretary who need not be a member of the school board.
The school board shall meet at least once each month and at other times upon the call of the school district president or upon the filing of a request with the school district clerk signed by a majority of the school board members.
Each school board member may be paid an annual salary or an amount fixed by the school board for each school board meeting the member actually attends.
Proceedings of the school board shall be published in accordance with s. 120.11 (4)
History: 1977 c. 418
; 1979 c. 301
; 1983 a. 27
s. 2202 (42)
; 1985 a. 225
; Stats. 1985 s. 120.43.
School board powers and duties. 120.44(1)
A unified school district is a body corporate with the power to sue and be sued, to levy and collect taxes, to acquire, hold and dispose of property and to do all other things reasonable for the performance of its functions in operating a system of public education.
The public schools of a unified school district shall be under the management, control and supervision of a school board. The school board shall have the powers and duties of the school board and annual meeting in a common school district. The officers of a unified school district have the powers and duties of the officers of a common school district. No annual meeting shall be held in a unified school district. The school board shall not, in the name of the school district, issue bonds or incur other indebtedness without approval of the electors of the school district in any instance where the school board of a common school district is not authorized to do so.
History: 1981 c. 20
; 1981 c. 340
; 1983 a. 339
; 1985 a. 225
; Stats. 1985 s. 120.44; 1993 a. 437
; 1995 a. 27
A school district did not incur indebtedness by entering into a lease-purchase agreement for a new school when the district, by electing not to appropriate funds for the following fiscal year's rental payment, had the option to terminate the agreement with no future payment obligation. Deick v. Unified School District of Antigo, 165 Wis. 2d 458
, 477 N.W.2d 613
Section 66.185 [now sub. (5)] does not prohibit providing health insurance benefits to persons not listed in the statute if authority is granted by other statutes. Sections 120.12, 120.13, and 120.44, broadly construed as required by s. 118.001, grant broad powers, including that of providing insurance to persons not listed in this section. Pritchard v. Madison Metropolitan School District, 2001 WI App 62, 242 Wis. 2d 301
, 625 N.W.2d 613
School boards have authority to enforce policies that mandate the manner, conditions, and content of police interviews with students on school premises during school hours. 81 Atty. Gen. 126