2018 Code of Alabama
Title 16 - EDUCATION.
Chapter 26A - ALABAMA HIGH SCHOOL OF MATHEMATICS AND SCIENCE.
Section 16-26A-4 - Board of directors generally.

Universal Citation: AL Code § 16-26A-4 (2018)
Section 16-26A-4Board of directors generally.

(a) There is hereby created a board of directors for the school, sometimes hereinafter referred to as the "board." The board shall be composed of 21 members as follows:

(1) The State Department of Education assistant state superintendent in charge of curriculum development, or his or her designee.

(2) The Chancellor of the University of Alabama System, or his or her designee.

(3) The President of Auburn University, or his or her designee.

(4) The President of the University of South Alabama, or his or her designee.

(5) The President of Alabama A&M University, or his or her designee.

(6) The Chair of the Alabama High School of Mathematics and Science Foundation.

(7) The Chair of the House Standing Committee on Education, or his or her designee.

(8) The Chair of the Senate Standing Committee on Education, or his or her designee.

(9) The Chair of the House Standing Committee on Ways and Means Education, or his or her designee.

(10) The Chair of the Senate Standing Committee on Finance and Taxation Education, or his or her designee.

(11) The Coordinator of Mobile County Special Education.

(12) One instructor who is a member of the faculty, elected annually by faculty members.

(13) Nine members to be appointed by the Governor, one member from each congressional district and two members appointed at large, who shall be residents of Mobile or Baldwin Counties, all of whom shall be from business and industry; at least two of the appointees shall be minorities.

(b) The terms of the nine members appointed by the Governor shall be for six years, except for original appointees who shall serve staggered terms with three appointees serving two years, three appointees serving four years, and three appointees serving six years. The terms of the initial members who are elected officials, or their respective designees, shall commence with their appointment, run concurrently with their terms of office, and shall end when their successors take office. The terms of members who are not serving by virtue of an elected office shall commence with their appointment and shall end when their successor is appointed. All members may succeed themselves.

(c)(1) The board may perform the following functions:

a. Accept donations, bequests, or other forms of financial assistance for educational purposes from any public or private person or agency and comply with rules and regulations governing grants from the federal government or from any other person or agency, which are not in contravention of the constitution and laws.

b. Purchase land and equipment and make improvements to facilities necessary for the use of the school, in accordance with applicable law.

c. Lease land or other property belonging to it or to the school.

d. Sell or exchange land or other real property not needed for school purposes, but only when specifically authorized by law and then only in accordance with the procedures provided for the sale of unused school lands. The sale shall be authorized by resolution adopted by the board, and the act of sale shall be signed by the president of the board or such other person to whom the signing may be delegated by the board in the authorizing resolution.

e. Adopt, amend, or repeal rules, regulations, and policies necessary or proper for the conduct of the business of the board.

f. Award certificates and issue diplomas for successful completion of programs of study. All certificates and diplomas shall be in addition to a regular high school diploma which shall be issued by the state board in accordance with state law to any student who successfully completes the program of study adopted by the board.

g. Enter into contracts and agreements which have been recommended by the director, in accordance with applicable law, and to the extent that funds are specifically appropriated therefor, with other public agencies with respect to cooperative enterprises and undertakings related to or associated with an educational purpose or program affecting education in the school. This shall not preclude the board from entering into other contracts and agreements that it may deem necessary to carry out its duties and functions.

h. Perform such other functions as are necessary to the supervision and control of those phases of education under its supervision and control.

(2) The board shall delegate to the director such of its powers and duties as it deems appropriate to aid the director in the efficient administration of his or her responsibility for the implementation of the policies of the board.

(3) In addition to the authorities granted herein and any powers, duties, and responsibilities vested by any other applicable laws, the board shall perform the following duties:

a. Adopt rules, regulations, and policies necessary for the efficient operation of the school.

b. Establish criteria to be used in determining eligibility of applicants for enrollment.

c. Determine subjects and extracurricular activities to be offered. Subjects shall initially be subject to approval by the state board, and thereafter, changes in the subjects shall be subject to approval by the state board.

d. Select a director who shall be the chief administrative officer of the school and who shall administer the rules, regulations, and policies adopted by the board pursuant hereto. The director shall also be the chief administrative officer of the board and shall be responsible for all the administrative functions, duties, and needs of the board. Until such time as the board selects a director, the State Superintendent of Education shall serve as the chief administrative officer of the board and shall be responsible for the duties of the director as they relate to the board. The State Superintendent of Education shall relinquish administrative duties to the director when the director officially assumes his duties with the board.

e. Determine faculty and staff positions necessary for the efficient operation of the school and select personnel for those positions.

f. Prepare and adopt an annual budget necessary for the continued operation of the school.

g. Pay the expenses, per diem, and travel expenses of the board and its members, which shall be the same as allowed state employees when the board member is traveling on board business. Pay the salaries and expenses, including, but not necessarily restricted to, facilities, equipment, and supplies of the faculty and staff of the school out of funds appropriated or otherwise made available for the operating and administrative expenses of the board and the school.

h. Exercise budgetary responsibility and allocate for expenditure by the school and programs under its jurisdiction all moneys appropriated or otherwise made available for purposes of the board and of the school and programs.

i. Prescribe and select for use in the school free school books and other materials of instruction for children enrolled in the school and programs under its jurisdiction for which the Legislature provides funds. Wherever practical, the board shall select the same school books and other materials of instruction as are adopted by the state board.

j. Prepare and adopt or approve programs of study and rules, bylaws, and regulations for the discipline of students and for the government of the school and programs under its jurisdiction, which shall not be inconsistent with law and which shall be enforced by the staff and faculty of the school. Programs of study shall initially be subject to approval by the state board, and thereafter, any changes in programs of study shall be subject to approval by the state board.

k. Notwithstanding any provisions of law to the contrary, prescribe the qualifications and provide for the certification of teachers.

l. Notwithstanding any provision of law to the contrary, adopt rules and regulations under which faculty members may become permanent employees of the school.

m. Develop and adopt a formula or system under which students shall be admitted. The formula or system shall be sufficient to insure that at least one qualified applicant for admission from within the geographical boundaries of each city and county school system shall be eligible for admission to the school each year. If no qualified applicant from a city or county public school system applies for admission, then the slot(s) available to that school system shall be lost to that system for that school year and shall be reallocated by the board to provide for the admission of qualified applicants from other public systems.

n. Adopt rules and regulations to provide for the evaluation of any applicant who has not been evaluated but who meets all other criteria for participation in the program.

(d) Twelve members of the board shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business, and all official action of the board shall require the favorable vote of a majority of those members present and voting.

(e) Members of the board shall be compensated for all actual vouchered expenses incurred in the performance of their duties and functions as required by this chapter. Expenses shall be paid by the director from funds appropriated therefor by the Legislature and upon the warrant of the board.

(f) The board of directors shall serve as the local educational agency for the school.

(Acts 1989, No. 89-880, p. 1772, §4; Act 2002-500, p. 1293, §1.)
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