(Amended by Chapter 158)
An Act concerning school districts; relating to the powers and duties of the governing bodies
thereof; amending K.S.A. 72-8205 and repealing the existing section.
Be it enacted by the Legislature of the State of Kansas:

      Section  1. K.S.A. 72-8205 is hereby amended to read as follows: 72-
8205. (a) The board shall meet at least once each month. At some time
during the month of July of each year, the board shall adopt a resolution
specifying a regular meeting time of the board and such resolution shall
specify the regular hour of commencement of the meeting, as well as the
day of the week and the week of the month. Such resolution shall also
shall provide that if the regular meeting date occurs on a Sunday or on a
legal holiday or on a holiday specified by the board, such regular meeting
shall be held on the day following commencing at the same hour. Such
resolution shall also shall specify the regular meeting place of the board
and may specify that any regular meeting may be adjourned to another
time and place. Special meetings may be called at any time by the pres-
ident of the board or by joint action of any three members thereof. of the
board. Unless waived, written notice, stating the time and place of any
special meeting and the purpose for which called, shall, unless waived,
shall be given each member of the board at least two days in advance of
the special meeting and no business other than that stated in the notice
shall be transacted at such meeting. A majority of the full membership
of the board shall constitute a quorum for the purpose of conducting any
business of the school district, and the vote of a majority of the full mem-
bership of the board shall be required for the passage of any motion or
resolution. Any member who abstains from voting shall be counted as
having voted against the motion or resolution. If a member announces a
conflict of interest with regard to the issue, the member may leave the
meeting until the voting on the issue is concluded and the member who
abstains from voting thereby shall not be counted as having voted.

 (b) Except as otherwise provided in the unification acts by law, the
board shall have and may exercise the same powers and authorities as
were immediately prior to this act conferred uniformly upon boards of
education in cities of the first class, and, in addition thereto, the powers
and authority expressly conferred by law.

 (c) The board shall have authority to prescribe courses of study for
each year of the school program and provide to adopt rules and regula-
tions for teaching in the school district and general government thereof,
and to approve and adopt suitable textbooks and study material for use
therein subject to the plans, methods, rules and regulations formulated
and recommended by of the state board of education.

 (d) The board may provide legal counsel at district expense to any
members of the board of education, or school district officers or employ-
ees who are sued in situations relating to and arising out of the perform-
ance of their office or employment. No teacher or other employment
contract shall make reference to or incorporate the provisions of this
subsection, nor shall the provisions of this subsection be construed as any
part of the consideration of employment of any teacher, officer or other
employee of the board.

 (e)  (1) The board may transact all school district business and adopt
policies that the board deems appropriate to perform its constitutional
duty to maintain, develop and operate local public schools.

 (2) The power granted by this subsection shall not be construed to
relieve a board from compliance with state law.

 The power granted by this subsection shall not be construed to relieve
any other unit of government of its duties and responsibilities which are
prescribed by law, nor to create any responsibility on the part of a school
district to assume the duties or responsibilities which are required of an-
other unit of government.

 (3) The board shall exercise the power granted by this subsection by
resolution of the board of education.

 Sec.  2. K.S.A. 72-8205 is hereby repealed.

 Sec.  3. This act shall take effect and be in force from and after its
publication in the statute book.

Approved April 10, 2003.