The WASB policy services staff provides members with a range of policy consulting services that are tailored to meet your district's particular policy needs, interests or requirements. In addition to the WASB's new online Policy Resource Guide (PRG), we offer the following services:
Policy Manual Recoding It is difficult to know what your district's policies are if they are not organized according to a coding system that is easy to access and use. Upon request, a WASB consultant will recode the district's policy manual to correspond with the WASB Policy Manual Coding System, the standard numerical coding system used by the WASB when disseminating policy information to member districts and used by a large number of Wisconsin school districts. The district will receive a policy manual organization index that lists the policies, administrative rules and exhibits contained in the district's current manual cross-referenced between the WASB Coding System and the current policy code.
Board Meeting Minute Review School boards often make decisions at regular and special board meetings that create, revise, negate or otherwise affect school board policies. The minutes of those meetings can be used to help keep the district's written policies up-to-date. Upon request, a WASB consultant will review three years of school board meeting minutes to help the district identify such board decisions and the policy topics that may be affected by them.
Policy Manual "Quick Check" * ♦ School board members and district administrators often recognize that the district's policy manual needs updating but do not know where to start. Upon request, a WASB consultant can do a "quick check" of the district's policies to identify any WASB Policy Manual Checklist policies (suggested policy topics, including those mandated by law) that seem to be missing and to identify local policies with a last revision date indicating that they may need updating due to recent law changes affecting the topic. The "quick check" is based on a general inspection of the district's policy manual, but does not include substantive review and analysis of policy content. Its purpose is to help organize and prioritize a school district's local policy work. Following a "quick check," the district will receive an easy-to-read report in the format of a chart organized by policy topic.
* If a district's current policy manual is not coded to the WASB Policy Manual Coding System and the district requests both Policy Manual Recoding and the Policy Manual "Quick Check" at the same time, the district can receive a discount on the cost of such combined services — paying $1,000 instead of $1,100.
♦ A district that takes advantage of the Policy Manual "Quick Check" can apply half of the fee ($400) towards the purchase of a subscription to WASB's Policy Resource Guide, provided such a purchase is made during the same fiscal year that the "Quick Check" was completed.
CUSTOMIZED POLICY CONSULTING SERVICES
Upon request, a WASB consultant will provide customized policy consulting services to meet the district's particular policy interests, needs or requirements. For example, a WASB consultant can:
Review an individual policy that is under consideration by the board prior to the board meeting at which it is to be acted upon and provide written review comments and revision suggestions.
Review the district's policy manual on a section-by-section basis and provide the district with policy updating suggestions.
Prepare policy/rule revision drafts for the district's review based on information obtained from the district and in consultation with the administration and/or school board.
Conduct policy work sessions with board members and administrators on policy development in general or specific policy topics of interest to the district. This can be done onsite in the district or via technology.
Customized policy consulting services are provided on an hourly fee basis. A district pays for services based only on: (1) the extent of its particular policy needs and (2) the amount of direct policy assistance it wants from the WASB.
If you have any questions about any of the above-mentioned services or would like to obtain them, please contact Teresa Kimball, WASB policy librarian or WASB policy services at (608) 257-2622 or toll free (877) 705-4422, choose option #4.