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Book: B

Section: Board Governance and Operations


Code: BDG

Status: Active

Adopted: August 18, 2015

The Portland Board of Public Education recognizes that the increasing complexity of school unit operations frequently requires procurement of professional legal services. Therefore, the Board of Education 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 of Education 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 school unit shall normally be made by the Superintendent or Board of Education Chair in accordance with Board of Education policy and when an obvious need exists. Such services may also be obtained as a consequence of a formal vote of the Board of Education.


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


BDG - School Attorney-Legal Services.pdf (8 KB)


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