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Shelly Bachus, Policy Director
Warrensburg, MO 64093
Charter School Policies
Board of Governors Policy 3.1.070
Approved by the Board of Governors on April 30, 2015
These policies are proposed for adoption by the University of Central Missouri, Board of Governors to implement Sections 160.400 -160.425, RSMo.
I. Responsibilities of the University of Central Missouri, Acting as Sponsor Pursuant to Section 160.400, RSMo.
A. UCM administrators will act on authority delegated from the Board of Governors or from the provost - chief learning officer for academic affairs.
B. The University of Central Missouri has no obligation to agree to serve as sponsor, and a determination not to approve a charter or a decision not to serve as sponsor cannot be appealed. Approval of the charter and agreement to serve as sponsor is entirely at the discretion of the sponsor.
C. UCM will provide information about UCM's expectations for charters consisting of statutory and regulatory compliance and best practice expectations to the charter school governing board(s) sponsored by UCM.
D. The University of Central Missouri as sponsor (“Sponsor”) shall perform operational reviews. These reviews include financial audits, professional assessments and all facets of school operations. The Sponsor delegates to the provost - chief learning officer for academic affairs or his or her designee the following responsibilities, to include but not limited to:
E. Affiliate Agreement by and between Sponsor and Charter School
No charter school sponsored by UCM may "affiliate with" UCM pursuant to Section 160.400.10, RSMo. without the approval of the provost - chief learning officer for academic affairs. Faculty, staff and students of UCM may desire to engage charter school in some of the activities listed under this subsection. Sponsor will, at its discretion, offer the services and seek the benefits of affiliation status as set forth in subsection 10.
F. Probationary Status
G. Revocation of Charter
II. Application and Approval of Proposed Charter - Responsibilities and Obligations of UCM (Section 160.403.1, RSMo.)
A. An applicant for a proposed charter sponsored by UCM must have established a nonprofit corporation pursuant to Chapter 355, RSMo.
B. Sponsor delegates to the provost - chief learning officer for academic affairs, or his or her designee, the development of procedures for the process to be used by charter school governing board(s) to submit a proposed charter to the Sponsor.
C. Charter school governing board(s) may submit a charter to Sponsor for review using the procedures developed by Sponsor and forwarding the proposed charter to the UCM Office of Charter Schools.
III. Amending a Charter
A. The charter may be amended at the request of the governing body of the charter school. Sponsor makes the final determination to approve the proposed amendment.
B. Sponsor may solicit such a request from the governing body of the charter school.
IV. Charter School Contract – Sponsors Authorizing Signature
As it relates to Charter School Contracts, The Board of Governors delegates authority to the provost - chief learning officer to sign all Charter School Contracts when the terms and conditions of the Contract have been approved by the Board of Governors.