Policy 901 - Community Education


The purpose of this policy is to convey to employees and to the general public the important role of community education within the school district.


The school board affirms a strong commitment to the community education program. The school board welcomes, and strongly encourages the use of school buildings and activity areas by the community when not used for regularly scheduled elementary and secondary programs. The school administration should strive to accomplish the following objectives:

A. Maximum use should be made of public school facilities within the school district service area.

B. Educational needs and interest of area residents should be determined periodically.

C. Community resources and expertise of residents should be utilized to develop a vibrant, well-rounded community education program.

D. Area residents should be encouraged to actively participate in program opportunities.


A. The council shall assist in promoting the goals and objectives of the program.

B. The membership of the community education advisory will consist of members who represent: various service organizations; churches; public and nonpublic schools; local government including elected officials; public and private nonprofit agencies serving youth and families; parents; youth; park, recreation or forestry services of municipal or local government units located in whole or in part within the boundaries of the school district; and any other groups participating in the community education program in the school district.

C. Bylaws of the community education advisory council shall provide the framework for the organization including criteria pertaining to membership, officers’ duties, frequency and structure of meetings as stipulated in the by laws.

D. The council will implement a procedure to reduce and eliminate program duplication within the school district.

Legal References:

  • Minn. Stat. § 124D.19, Subd. 1 (Community Education Programs; Advisory Council)
  • Minn. Stat. § 123B.51 (Schoolhouses and Sites; Uses for School and Nonschool Purposes; Closings) 
  • Minn. Stat. § 124D.20, Subd. 1 (Community Education Revenue)

Cross References:

Adopted: July 22, 2008
Revised: October 13, 2009
Reviewed: May 17, 2016
Reviewed: August 18, 2016
Reviewed: September 17, 2019
Reviewed: October 20, 2020
Revised: May 2, 2023