Policy & Legal Corner Toolbox

Leading through sound policy ensures transparent and legal operations of a school district and enables the board to stay focused on district goals.

Board/superintendent teams face a myriad of policy issues, and IASB has created several toolkits to help members do this important work. Your IASB staff consultants are a phone call or e-mail away to assist you with using these tools. We also offer custom facilitated workshops that can help one board or a group of boards consider their work.


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Marte Brightman
Administrative Assistant
to Policy/HR Services
(515) 247-7048

Josie Lewis
Policy/Legal Services Director
(515) 247-7028

Policy Services

Policy Reference Manual

The IASB Policy Reference Manual is an online subscription-based service that provides subscribing districts with on demand access to more than 430 sample policies, administrative regulations, and exhibits (forms) needed by school districts to comply with state and federal laws and to effectively operate a school district. Subscribers to the IASB Policy Reference Manual also receive a subscription to the Policy Primer update service at no additional charge.
Online Access:
 Access the online Policy Reference Manual using your username and password from any device. To Subscribe: Members may subscribe by contacting Josie Lewis at jlewis@ia-sb.org, or Marte Brightman at mbrightman@ia-sb.org, or 1-800-795-4272.

Policy Primer

The changes to sample policy documents are issued to subscribing districts via the Policy Primer, an online subscription-based service that provides a detailed description of changes that have been made to IASB sample policy documents contained in the IASB Policy Reference Manual. The Policy Primer is issued to reflect changes or clarifications in federal and state law or when a new policy is added because of demand regarding new issues in the field.

Online Access: Access the online Policy Primer using your username and password from any device.
To Subscribe: Members may subscribe by contacting Josie Lewis at jlewis@ia-sb.org, or Marte Brightman at mbrightman@ia-sb.org, or 1-800-795-4272.

FY 2017 Policy Updates

A listing of IASB sample policy updates , including exhibits and regulations, completed or scheduled for completion during the FY 2017 fiscal year ending June 30, 2017. 

Policy Manual Review

A policy manual review includes a side-by-side comparison of a district’s policy documents against the IASB Policy Reference Manual sample policy documents and the mandatory policy list. Upon completion, the district is provided with a list of suggested revisions to bring a district’s policy manual into legal compliance. 

Custom Policy Manual Review

A custom policy manual review involves consultations with the board/superintendent team and a complete overhaul of the district’s policy manual. IASB policy staff analyze and edit the district’s policies for content and consistency through a thorough process that encourages and supports the board in achieving district goals. 

Mandatory Policies

There are certain policies mandated by state and/or federal law that school districts must adopt and keep current. Go here  to use this list to ensure your board has the required policies. Subscribers should refer to the IASB Policy Reference Manual for the most recent versions. Note that your district may number policies differently than the IASB Policy Reference Manual, so districts should also verify the title.

NSBA 2017 Federal Policies Listing

For more information or to join, contact Marte Brightman at mbrightman@ia-sb.org or 1-800-795-4272 x248. For assistance with your username and password for all subscription services, contact Marte Brightman at mbrightman@ia-sb.org or 1-800-795-4272.