As each new school year commences, maintaining effective policies is at the core of successful district governance. These policies should reflect local oversight, ever-changing state and federal laws as well as the mandates of regulatory agencies. The current policy climate has put additional pressure on school administrators and boards to respond quickly and appropriately to the evolving needs of each district.

Neola recognizes that maintaining effective policies can be an enormous task, but as MASB’s policy provider we are confident that the materials that are provided will keep the board’s policies current and compliant and the district’s administrators, teachers, and support staff are able to focus on what is most important – educating the children in their care.

In response to recent legislative changes and school district needs, Neola has released our first regular update of the school year month and addresses a variety of topics that have a significant impact on districts.

Those topics include but are not limited to the following topics:

  1. Compensation (Bylaw 0144.1)
  2. Authorization to Use Electronic Transfer of Funds and Automated Clearing House Arrangements (Policy 6108)
  3. Vendor Relations (Policy 6460)
  4. Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) (Policy 6700)
  5. Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUAS) (Policy 7440.03)
  6. Flags and Displays (Policy 8805)
  7. School Visitors (Policy 9150)

As this Update “season” gets underway, Neola offers some suggestions for current clients to access the comprehensive policy services through your Neola Associate.  While “in-person” consultation sessions are the preferred method for Neola Update “visits”, how you and your Neola Associate accomplish this review should be mutually determined based on availability and level of comfort with the consultation process.  Your Neola Associate will be in contact with you soon to discuss these options with you and to schedule an appointment to review this update and ensure you are current on this and previous updates.

Neola strives to provide your district with a level of service and support that meets your compliance needs, addresses the issues facing your schools, and exceeds your expectations.

To the districts who utilize Neola to provide your policy service – thank you, we are proud to be your policy provider. To any districts who are interested in our comprehensive policy and administrative guideline service, please do not hesitate to contact us at