School Attorney

Maine School Administrative District No. 31


The Board recognizes that the increasing complexity of District operations frequently requires
procurement of professional legal services. Therefore, the Board shall designate an attorney
and/or law firm to provide such services on an ongoing basis. The school attorney(s) shall be
admitted to practice law in Maine. The Board reserves the right to obtain legal services outside
of its designated attorney/law firm as deemed appropriate.

A decision to seek legal advice or assistance on behalf of the District shall normally be made by
the Superintendent or Board Chair only in accordance with Board policy and when an obvious
need exists. Board members in need of legal assistance or information must request through the
Superintendent and or the Board Chair. Such services may also be obtained as a consequence of
a formal vote of the Board.

Legal services required by the District may include, but not be limited to:
  • Providing general legal advice to the Board and/or administration;
  • Assisting with labor negotiations;
  • Assisting with personnel matters;
  • Assisting with expulsions and other student disciplinary matters;
  • Conduct and/or assist with pending or actual litigation involving the District;
  • Other specialized legal services; and
  • Attendance at Board meetings or other activities as appropriate.

Many types of legal services are considered routine and do not require specific Board approval.
However, when the Superintendent concludes that the potential for significant legal expenditure
exists or under other unusual circumstances, he/she shall inform the full Board at an appropriate
point in the process to approve such expenditures. The Board may take action on such matters as

First Reading: 01/19/2005
adopted:        02/16/2005