Model Policies

Making policy is one of a school board’s major responsibilities. Policies provide guidance to district staff, students and parents and help set the tone of a district. Policies also serve to orient new board members and local citizens regarding how things are done in the district.

Unfortunately, many districts struggle to keep policy manuals current because they don’t have staff members dedicated to this task. Additionally, some district policy manuals contain unnecessary policies that merely restate state and federal laws. (That’s why there is a law book – to keep districts from having to rewrite all school-related laws into a policy manual.)

ASBA developed its Model Policy Service to help make the job of writing and maintaining district policies more manageable. The ASBA policy manual is designed to be user friendly. The policies are concise, easy to read and understand, and cover the areas required by state and federal laws and the Arkansas Department of Education. Additional policies are included that ASBA recommends and districts have found beneficial.

Subscription to the ASBA Model Policy Service does not change existing district policy. Only through the adoption process can a school board change or replace existing policies. The ASBA policies are meant to be adopted only after review and revision to suit each district.

With a subscription to ASBA’s Model Policy Service, you may seek assistance from ASBA staff to determine the degree of flexibility you have in tailoring policies to meet your district’s needs. Initial subscriptions are $3,300 for a three-year period, payable in advance. Renewals are $2,850 for a three-year period. During your subscription, ASBA monitors changes in state and federal laws and the Arkansas Department of Education’s Rules for necessary changes or new policy development.

Free up your superintendent’s time to focus on academic, fiscal, facilities and personnel matters. Let ASBA help you keep up with policy changes for your board to consider. ASBA’s goal is to help Arkansas school boards fulfill the important, often overlooked, responsibility of developing and maintaining of district policy.

For more information about the Model Policy Service, e-mail ASBA at or call (501) 372-1415 and speak with Lucas Harder, Policy Services Director.

Legal Consultation

Board members and administrators often call ASBA for answers to legal questions. ASBA’s staff attorney assists members with invaluable advice and counsel regarding school operations, including personnel matters. When ASBA’s attorney helps a district, the client is the local school board. For assistance, please call (501) 372-1415.

Please note that the staff attorney does not respond to questions from individuals who are not board members or school district administrators.

ASBA offers seminars related to legal topics such as school law, ethics, personnel discipline and due process, investigating sexual misconduct and more. Please see the Conferences and Seminars page for more information.

TAPS Purchasing

The Texas-Arkansas Purchasing System (TAPS) is a consortium of popular national vendors who agree to provide strong purchasing power to public and private schools, colleges, universities, cities, counties and other government entities in Arkansas. The Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration has acknowledged that TAPS meets requirements for state agency, school, municipal, county and higher education purchases (DF&A memo).

TAPS can provide your institution with significant savings on everything from pencils and paper to classroom technology equipment to construction projects. Before you sign another purchasing contract, check the TAPS product and vendor list at

Program benefits:

  • No fees to join TAPS
  • No additional purchasing fees or hidden costs
  • No obligation to purchase
  • Popular name brand products through national vendors
  • Deep purchasing discounts
  • Buy direct without a lengthy bid process (state authorized)

Joining TAPS is a two-step process. First, your board of directors must approve a board resolution and an interlocal purchasing agreement. Next, you must submit the signed documents to the Dawson Education Service Cooperative in Arkadelphia, AR, which sponsors TAPS in Arkansas.

Dawson Education Cooperative
711 Clinton Street, Suite 201
Arkadelphia, AR 71923
(870) 246-3077
Once the agreement has been approved, you can begin extending your purchasing power from TAPS-approved vendors.

Please contact Mickey McFatridge at (870) 926-9250 for more information about TAPS. Additionally, you may visit the TAPS website to search for products and vendors.

Arkansas Superintendent Evaluation System Project

The Arkansas School Boards Association (ASBA) recognizes that boards of education have a legal obligation to evaluate superintendents annually. More importantly, ASBA realizes that it is one of the most important responsibilities of the school board. An effective performance evaluation helps drive school improvement and student achievement, promotes a positive relationship between the school board and superintendent, demonstrates accomplishments of the district and helps in setting annual priorities.

This comprehensive superintendent evaluation system is designed to help school board members and superintendents implement an effective, meaningful evaluation process that is focused on improving student achievement.

Below are the resources needed for completing the evaluation process. Click on the plus or minus signs (+ or -) to expand or close the boxes, then click on the individual links to open or download each file. For additional information or answers to questions, please contact Dr. Anne Butcher by email at or by calling (501) 492-4814.

Superintendent Jobs

ASBA provides the following information as a service to Arkansas school board members and administrators. To post an Arkansas public school superintendent vacancy, please e-mail position criteria and contact information to Sherri Fite.

Hope School District Superintendent

Description: The Hope School District, Hope, Arkansas, Board of Education is seeking a highly qualified Superintendent. The Board wishes to have the successful candidate assume the responsibilities of the position on July 1, 2021.

Search Firm: McPherson & Jacobson


     Kieth Williams, 501-882-9317,
     Wayne Gibson, 870-918-8880,

     McPherson & Jacobson Website

District Website:

Closing Date for Accepting Applications: May 12, 2021

Start Date: July 1, 2021

Superintendent Search

The Arkansas School Boards Association can help you with your Arkansas public school district’s superintendent search. First, ASBA would be happy to list an Arkansas public school superintendent job opening on its website and in its quarterly magazine, Report Card, to help you recruit candidates. Simply email the information to us at or call our office at (501) 372-1415.

ASBA also collaborates with McPherson & Jacobson LLC. McPherson’s professional executive recruiters have extensive Arkansas public school experience and can assist you in finding the right candidate to lead your school district. McPherson can help a board:

  • Revise the superintendent’s job description
  • Assist the board in developing an effective contract
  • Arrange for onsite visits to finalists’ home districts
  • Provide assistance in negotiating the contract with the board’s selected finalist

For more information, you may contact:

McPherson & Jacobson LLC
11725 Arbor St., Suite 220
Omaha, NE 68144

Simbli Board Governance Software

Simbli by eBOARDsolutions features four core integrated modules that help boards maximize productivity, bringing together meetings, planning, policies, and evaluations into one, easy-to-use board management software solution. Although each module is strong alone, the power to drive more effective board governance and achieve organizational excellence lies in their ability to work together. And with our iPad app and web browser accessibility, your board and its stakeholders can always get the information they need — anywhere, at any time.

Simbli’s four core integrated modules include:

  • Meetings - Streamline meeting agenda preparation and provide easy and secure access to meeting materials.
  • Policies - Build and align your policies, meeting agendas, and evaluations, around your strategic plan.
  • Planning - Develop, communicate, and collaborate on policies and procedures in real time.
  • Evaluations - Prepare and conduct board self-assessment, leader evaluations, and organizational reviews.

Learn more about eBOARDsolutions and their award-winning board governance software by visiting the eBOARDsolutions website.

Employee Benefits & Group Insurance

ASBA endorses American Fidelity for Section 125, Flexible Spending Account, Health Savings Account, 403(b), and 457(b) administrative services and employee benefit plans specifically designed for school districts.

ASBA group insurance coverage serviced by American Fidelity available to member districts includes:

  • Group Long Term Disability
  • Group Life/AD&D
  • Business Trip AD&D

American Fidelity provides other benefit plans for school districts in addition to those listed above which include:

  • Voluntary Short-Term and Long-Term Disability
  • Cancer
  • Accident
  • Group Critical Illness
  • Group Hospital Indemnity
  • Individual Term Life
  • Universal Life-underwritten by Texas Life Company
  • Whole Life
  • 403(b) Annuities
  • 457(b) Annuities
  • Group Dental-offered by various carriers through American Fidelity General Agency
  • Group Vision-offered by various carriers through American Fidelity General Agency

Please call American Fidelity at 1.800.688.4421 or visit for additional information.

Unemployment Benefits

This ASBA-endorsed program can help your district minimize costly unemployment liabilities when employees separate from service.

For more information, please contact Paul Frieze, with David H. Frieze Associates, Inc., at (501) 922-9704. For billing questions, please contact Kathy Ivy, ASBA Bookkeeper.