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MASB-NEOLA Policy Partnership FAQs

1. Why did MASB and NEOLA develop a partnership for school policy services?

Working collaboratively is nothing new to MASB or our members. MASB has always been an advocate for partnerships that better serve members and elevate public education. NEOLA has joined MASB in an exciting partnership to better serve school boards and to deliver uniform policy and guideline services to boards of education. This collaboration will result in better service, personalized legal assistance, consistent policies and combined expertise. The added resources that NEOLA provides with their regional representatives expand the services that both MASB and NEOLA can provide together.

2. What are the benefits of the partnership?

  • The added resources that NEOLA provides with their regional representatives expand the services that both MASB and NEOLA can provide together. NEOLA’s representatives, almost all of whom have served as superintendents, provide most of the direct work with school districts. They establish a close working relationship with their clients during the drafting of the policies, guidelines and procedures manuals, and then enhance that relationship by visiting at least twice per year to review updates and answer questions.
  • MASB will provide input and guidance on policies and administrative rules developed by NEOLA.
  • Uniform policies and rules adopted by school boards will allow MASB to provide more comprehensive legal assistance on applying policies and rules to its members.

3. Who is NEOLA and what’s their experience with policy development for schools?

NEOLA provides school districts with a complete service for developing and updating board bylaws and policies, administrative guidelines and procedures, forms, staff handbooks and student/parent handbooks. NEOLA is currently working with more than 750 superintendents and school boards in Florida, Indiana, Illinois, Ohio, Michigan, Wisconsin and West Virginia. In Michigan, NEOLA currently provides about 325 Michigan public schools with policy and guideline services. MASB is happy to partner with a professional group, and together, we can provide schools with the highest quality school policies. Again, the added resources that NEOLA provides with their regional representatives expand the services that both MASB and NEOLA can provide together.

4. Can I still call MASB if I have a policy question? Who do I talk to?

Most definitely. MASB staff will continue to serve MASB members on questions relating to, for example, your current MASB policy manual or sample policies.

Further, MASB Legal Counsel Brad Banasik, bbanasik@masb.org or 517.327.5929, can be contacted for assistance with legal questions that relate to policies and administrative rules at any time as part of your MASB membership.