The Board recognizes that the increasing complexity of school district operations frequently
requires procurement of professional legal services. Consequently, the Board may select an
attorney and/or law firm for purposes of systematically providing such services. The Board shall
prescribe the duties, compensation and term of service for the attorney and/or law firm. It shall
be the duty of the counsel to advise the Board and to make recommendations concerning specific
legal problems submitted. Districts including one (1) or more cities or towns having a total
population of at least 30,000 may retain an attorney on an annual basis.
A decision to seek legal counsel or advice on behalf of the school district shall normally be made
by the superintendent or by persons specifically authorized by the superintendent. It may also take
place as a consequence of formal Board direction.
Many types of legal assistance to the district may be considered routine, and may not require
specific Board approval or prior notice. However, when the administration concludes that unusual
types or amounts of professional legal service may be required, the Board directs the
administration to so advise it, and to expeditiously seek either initial or continuing authorization
for such service.
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Note: The reader is encouraged to check the index located at the beginning of this
section for other pertinent policies and to review administrative procedures
and/or forms for related information.
Legal Refs: § 162.411, RSMo.
Jefferson City School District, Jefferson City, Missouri
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