The board of a school district may:

Terms Used In North Dakota Code 15.1-09-33

  • Assets: (1) The property comprising the estate of a deceased person, or (2) the property in a trust account.
  • children: includes children by birth and by adoption. See North Dakota Code 1-01-18
  • Contract: A legal written agreement that becomes binding when signed.
  • Individual: means a human being. See North Dakota Code 1-01-49
  • Lease: A contract transferring the use of property or occupancy of land, space, structures, or equipment in consideration of a payment (e.g., rent). Source: OCC
  • Organization: includes a foreign or domestic association, business trust, corporation, enterprise, estate, joint venture, limited liability company, limited liability partnership, limited partnership, partnership, trust, or any legal or commercial entity. See North Dakota Code 1-01-49
  • Person: means an individual, organization, government, political subdivision, or government agency or instrumentality. See North Dakota Code 1-01-49
  • Property: includes property, real and personal. See North Dakota Code 1-01-49
  • Real property: Land, and all immovable fixtures erected on, growing on, or affixed to the land.
  • State: when applied to the different parts of the United States, includes the District of Columbia and the territories. See North Dakota Code 1-01-49
  • written: include "typewriting" and "typewritten" and "printing" and "printed" except in the case of signatures and when the words are used by way of contrast to typewriting and printing. See North Dakota Code 1-01-37
  • year: means twelve consecutive months. See North Dakota Code 1-01-33

1.    Establish a system of free public schools for all children of legal school age residing within the district.

2.    Organize, establish, operate, and maintain elementary, middle, and high schools.

3.    Have custody and control of all school district property and, in the case of the board of education of the city of Fargo, have custody and control of all public school property within the boundaries of the Fargo public school district and to manage and control all school matters.

4.    Acquire real property and construct school buildings and other facilities.

5.    Relocate or discontinue schools and liquidate the assets of the district as required by law; provided no site may be acquired or building constructed, or no school may be organized, established, operated, maintained, discontinued, or changed in location without the approval of the state board of public school education if outside the boundary of the district.

6.    Purchase, sell, exchange, and improve real property.

7.    Lease real property for a maximum of one year except in the case of a career and technical education facility constructed in whole or in part with financing acquired under chapter 40-57, which may be leased for up to twenty years.

8.    Subject to chapter 32-15, exercise the power of eminent domain to acquire real property for school purposes.

9.    Purchase, sell, exchange, improve, and lease for up to one year equipment, furniture, supplies, and textbooks.

10.    Recruit or contract with others to recruit homes and facilities which provide boarding care for special education students.

11.    Provide dormitories for the boarding care of special education students.

12.    Insure school district property.

13.    Independently or jointly with other school districts, purchase telecommunications equipment or lease a telecommunications system or network.

14.    Provide for the education of students by another school district.

15.    Contract with federal officials for the education of students in a federal school.

    16.    Prescribe courses of study in addition to those prescribed by the superintendent of public instruction or by law.

17.    Adopt rules regarding the instruction of students, including their admission, transfer, organization, grading, and government.

18.    Join the North Dakota high school activities association and pay membership fees.

19.    Adopt alternative curricula for high school seniors who require fewer than four academic units.

20.    Contract with, employ, and compensate school district personnel.

21.    Contract with and provide reimbursement for the provision of teaching services by an individual certified as an instructor in the areas of North Dakota American Indian languages and culture by the education standards and practices board.

22.     a.    Suspend school district personnel;

b.    Delegate to the superintendent of the district the authority to suspend school district personnel, except as provided for in section 15.1-15-10; or

c.    In the case of a district that does not employ a superintendent, delegate to the individual charged with administering the district the authority to suspend school district personnel, except as provided for in section 15.1-15-10.

23.    Dismiss school district personnel.

24.    Participate in group insurance plans and pay all or part of the insurance premiums.

25.    Contract for the services of a district superintendent, provided that the contract, which may be renewed, does not exceed a period of three years.

26.    Contract for the services of a principal.

27.    Employ an individual to serve as the school district business manager or contract with any person to perform the duties assigned to a school district business manager by law.

28.    Dismiss a school district business manager for cause without prior notice.

29.    Dismiss a school district business manager without cause with thirty days’ written notice.

30.    Defray the necessary and contingent expenses of the board.

31.    Levy a tax upon property in the district for school purposes, as permitted in accordance with chapter 57-15.

32.    Amend and certify budgets and tax levies, as provided in title 57.

33.    Pay dues allowing for the board to hold membership in city, county, state, and national organizations and associations.

34.    Designate, at its annual meeting, a newspaper of general circulation as the official newspaper of the district.