As the 2023 year begins and the second half of the school year swings into full gear, Neola recognizes the challenges impacting how each District, administrator, teacher, and support staff member provides student services. Neola continues to work with MASB, and our Michigan legal counsel at Varnum, LLC, to craft policy changes and legal guidance to assist districts through these challenges.

Maintaining effective policies are at the core of successful district governance.  These policies should reflect both local oversight and ever-changing state and federal laws as well as the mandates of regulatory agencies. Policy work can be an enormous task, but as MASB’s policy provider, Neola provides materials that will keep the board’s policies and administrative guidelines current and compliant, allowing the District’s administrators, teachers, and support staff to focus on what is most important – educating the children in their care.

The second regular update of the school year (Volume 37 Number 2) will be issued in February and will address a variety of topics that have a significant impact on districts.

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

  1. Student Assessment (Policy Update);
  2. Merit Pay (Resolution);
  3. Procurement- Federal Grants /Funds (Policy Update);
  4. Continuity of Organizational Operations Plan;
  5. Technology Update
  6. Cyber Security
  7. Web Accessibility, Content, Apps, and Services (Policy and AG Update);
  8. Use of Tobacco (Policy and AG Update)
  9. School Safety
  10. Asthma

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”, the means by which 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 service and support that meets your compliance needs, addresses your schools’ issues, 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