The board in carrying out the provisions of section 273.2 shall:
1. Determine the policies of the area education agency for providing programs and services.
2. Be authorized to receive and expend money for providing programs and services as provided in sections 273.1 to 273.9, and chapters 256B and 257. All costs incurred in providing the programs and services, including administrative costs, shall be paid from funds received pursuant to sections 273.1 to 273.9 and chapters 256B and 257.
3. Provide data and prepare reports as directed by the director of the department of education.
4. Provide for advisory committees as deemed necessary.
5. Be authorized, subject to rules of the state board of education, to provide directly or by contractual arrangement with public or private agencies for special education programs and services, media services, and educational programs and services requested by the local boards of education as provided in this chapter, including but not limited to contracts for the area education agency to provide programs or services to the local school districts and contracts for local school districts, other educational agencies, and public and private agencies to provide programs and services to the local school districts in the area education agency in lieu of the area education agency providing the services. Contracts may be made with public or private agencies located outside the state if the programs and services comply with the rules of the state board. Rules adopted by the state board of education shall be consistent with rules, adopted by the board of educational examiners, relating to licensing of practitioners.
6. Area education agencies may co-operate and contract between themselves and with other public agencies to provide special education programs and services, media services, and educational services to schools and children residing within their respective areas. Area education agencies may provide print and nonprint materials to public and private colleges and universities that have teacher education programs approved by the state board of education.
7. Be authorized to lease, subject to the approval of the director of the department of education and to receive by gift and operate and maintain facilities and buildings necessary to provide authorized programs and services. However, a lease for less than ten years and with an annual cost of less than twenty-five thousand dollars does not require the approval of the director. If a lease requires approval, the director shall not approve the lease until the director is satisfied by investigation that public school corporations within the area do not have suitable facilities available.
8. Be authorized, subject to the approval of the director of the department of education, to enter into agreements for the joint use of personnel, buildings, facilities, supplies, and equipment with school corporations as deemed necessary to provide authorized programs and services.
9. Be authorized to make application for, accept, and expend state and federal funds that are available for programs of educational benefit approved by the director of the department of education, and cooperate with the department in the manner provided in federal-state plans or department rules in the effectuation and administration of programs approved by the director, or approved by other educational agencies, which agencies have been approved as state educational authorities.
10. Be authorized to perform all other acts necessary to carry out the provisions and intent of this chapter.
11. Employ personnel to carry out the functions of the area education agency which shall include the employment of an administrator who shall possess a license issued under chapter 272. The administrator shall be employed pursuant to section 279.20 and sections 279.23, 279.24 and 279.25. The salary for an area education agency administrator shall be established by the board based upon the previous experience and education of the administrator. Section 279.13 applies to the area education agency board and to all teachers employed by the area education agency. Sections 279.23, 279.24 and 279.25 apply to the area education board and to all administrators employed by the area education agency.
12. Prepare an annual budget estimating income and expenditures for programs and services as provided in sections 273.1 to 273.9 and chapter 256B within the limits of funds provided under section 256B.9 and chapter 257. The board shall give notice of a public hearing on the proposed budget by publication in an official county newspaper in each county in the territory of the area education agency in which the principal place of business of a school district that is a part of the area education agency is located. The notice shall specify the date, which shall be not later than March 1 of each year, the time, and the location of the public hearing. The proposed budget as approved by the board shall then be submitted to the state board of education, on forms provided by the department, no later than March 15 preceding the next fiscal year for approval. The state board shall review the proposed budget of each area education agency and shall before April 1, either grant approval or return the budget without approval with comments of the state board included. An unapproved budget shall be resubmitted to the state board for final approval not later than April 15.
13. Be authorized to pay, out of funds available to the board reasonable annual dues to an Iowa association of school boards. Membership shall be limited to those duly elected members of the area education agency board.
14. At the request of an employee through contractual agreement the board may purchase group or individual annuity contracts for employees, which annuity contracts are issued by a nonprofit corporation issuing retirement annuities exclusively for educational institutions and their employees or are purchased from any company the employee chooses that is authorized to do business in this state or through an Iowa-licensed salesperson that the employee selects, on a group or individual basis, for retirement or other purposes. The board may make payroll deductions for the purpose of paying the entire premium due, and to become due, in accordance with the terms of the contract. The deductions shall be made in the manner which will qualify the annuity premiums for the benefits under section 403(b) of the Internal Revenue Code, as defined in section 422.3. The employee's rights under the annuity contract are nonforfeitable except for the failure to pay premiums. As used in this section, unless the context otherwise requires, "annuity contract" includes any custodial account which meets the requirements of section 403(b)(7) of the Internal Revenue Code, as defined in section 422.3.
15. Be authorized to establish and pay all or any part of the cost of group health insurance plans, nonprofit group medical service plans and group life insurance plans adopted by the board for the benefit of employees of the area education agency, from funds available to the board.
16. Meet at least annually with the members of the boards of directors of the merged areas in which the area education agency is located to discuss co-ordination of programs and services and other matters of mutual interest to the boards.
17. Be authorized to issue warrants and anticipatory warrants pursuant to chapter 74. The applicable rate of interest shall be determined pursuant to sections 74A.2, 74A.3, and 74A.7. This subsection shall not be construed to authorize a board to levy a tax.
18. Be authorized to issue school credit cards allowing area education agency employees to pay for the actual and necessary expenses incurred in the performance of work-related duties.
19. Pursuant to rules adopted by the state board of education, be authorized to charge user fees for certain materials and services that are not required by law or by rules of the state board of education and are specifically requested by a school district or accredited nonpublic school.
20. Be authorized to purchase equipment as provided in section 279.48.
21. Be authorized to sell, lease, or dispose of, in whole or in part, property belonging to the area education agency. Before the area education agency may sell property belonging to the agency, the board of directors shall comply with the requirements set forth in sections 297.23 and 297.24. Before the board of directors of an area education agency may lease property belonging to the agency, the board shall obtain the approval of the director of the department of education.
[C51, § 417; R60, § 648, 2074; C73, § 771, 1776; C97, § 2742, 2831, 2832; S13, § 2742, 2831, 2832; SS15, § 2734-b; C24, 27, 31, 35, 39, § 4122, 4456--;4458, 5232--;5234; C46, § 273.4, 301.12--;301.14, 340.13--;340.15; C50, 54, 58, 62, § 273.12, 273.13; C66, § 273.12, 273.13, 273.22; C71, 73, § 273.12, 273.13, 273.22, 273.24; C75, 77, 79, 81, § 273.3; 81 Acts, ch 87, § 1; 82 Acts, ch 1080, § 1, ch 1136, § 2, 3]
83 Acts, ch 2, § 1; 84 Acts, ch 1010, § 2; 84 Acts, ch 1315, § 34; 85 Acts, ch 138, §2, 3; 85 Acts, ch 212, §21; 86 Acts, ch 1213, § 5; 86 Acts, ch 1245, § 1458; 86 Acts, ch 1246, § 133; 87 Acts, ch 233, § 474, 475; 87 Acts, ch 115, § 40; 89 Acts, ch 135, §58; 89 Acts, ch 265, §34; 92 Acts, ch 1050, § 1; 92 Acts, ch 1227, § 17; 94 Acts, ch 1089, §1; 94 Acts, ch 1175, §5; 94 Acts, ch 1183, §63
Referred to in § 256B.2, 256B.9, 257.9, 257.10, 273.2, 273.9
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