1110

Adoption Date: 2/8/1982,Revised: 7/19/1997; 06/20/2000; 12/19/2017
1000 - BY-LAWS

ORGANIZATION OF THE BOARD OF EDUCATION
1110 SCHOOL DISTRICT AND BOARD OF EDUCATION LEGAL STATUS

The Constitution of New York State, as amended in 1894, instructs the Legislature to provide for a system of free common schools wherein all children of the State may be educated.

 The Legislature of the State has implemented this constitutional mandate through the creation of school districts of various types. The Brockport Central District is governed by the laws set forth for Central School Districts in Article 37 of the Education Law, and by-laws relating to, or affecting, Union Free School Districts as set forth in Article 35 of the Education Law.

The School District constitutes a corporate entity that possesses all the usual powers of a corporation for public purposes, and in that name may sue and be sued, purchase, hold and sell personal property and real estate, and enter into such obligations as are authorized by law.

The Constitution of the State of New York places the responsibility for public education on the State Legislature, and directs the establishment of a State Department of Education for general supervision over the schools and headed by a Commissioner of Education. The New York State Constitution further provides that local public schools under the general supervision of the State Education Department shall be maintained, developed and operated by locally elected boards. Legally, local boards are instruments of the New York State Constitution, the New York Statutes and the regulations of the State Education Department and its Commissioner. It shall be the primary function of this Board of Education to provide for the District an educational program of the highest character consistent with the wishes of the residents of the District, and with their ability and willingness to pay taxes therefore.

 

Policy References:
New York State Constitution
Education Law Articles 35 and 37

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