NEOLA® provides school districts with a complete service for developing and updating Board Bylaws and Policies, Administrative Guidelines/Procedures, Forms, Staff Handbooks and Student/Parent Handbooks in electronic and printed format. The electronic format supports automatic linking from the table of contents and searching based on key words. NEOLA®is currently working with more than 750 superintendents and school boards in Florida, Indiana, Illinois, Ohio, Michigan, Wisconsin and West Virginia.
NEOLA®retains law firms in each state to provide legal reviews of published materials and to consult on continuing updates. Therefore, the legal accuracy and compliance of proposed revisions can be unequivocally guaranteed, provided, of course, clients do not choose to substantively alter the recommendations.
NEOLA’s®Associates, almost all of whom have served as superintendents, provide most of the direct work with client school districts. They establish a close working relationship with their clients during the drafting of the policy and guidelines/procedures manuals, and then enhance that relationship by visiting at least twice per year to review updates and answer client questions.
Each manual is based on templates that have been thoughtfully prepared by NEOLA's®school law firm from that state and are customized to the district's unique circumstances through choices made by the school board and administrative team.
Auburn Policy Link: http://www.neola.com/auburnjvs-oh/
NONDISCRIMINATION AND EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY
The Board of Education does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, disability, military status, ancestry, age, genetic information, or any other legally protected characteristic, in its programs and activities, including employment opportunities.
The Superintendent shall appoint a compliance officer whose responsibility it will be to ensure that Federal and State regulations are complied with and that any inquiries or complaints are dealt with promptly in accordance with law. S/He shall also ensure that proper notice of nondiscrimination for Title II, Title VI, and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendment Act of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Age Nondiscrimination in Employment Act is provided to staff members and the general public. Any sections of the District's collectively-bargained, negotiated agreements dealing with hiring and promotion need to contain a statement of nondiscrimination similar to that in the Board's statement above. In addition, any gender-specific terms should be eliminated from such contracts.
The Ohio Department of Education soon will make changes in the way it monitors, enforces and publicizes Ohio school districts’ compliance with the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, which ensures a free, appropriate public education to students with disabilities. For details, read the legal consent order and related public notice.