Section 233.46, Florida Statutes 2001
233.46 Duties of principals.--The duties and responsibilities of principals for instructional materials management and care include:
(1) PROPER USE OF INSTRUCTIONAL MATERIALS.--The principal is responsible for assuring that instructional materials are used to provide instruction to students enrolled at the grade level or levels for which the materials are designed, pursuant to policies of the school board. It shall be the responsibility of the principal to effectively communicate to parents the manner in which instructional materials are used to implement the curricular objectives of the school.
(2) MONEY COLLECTED FOR LOST OR DAMAGED BOOKS; ENFORCEMENT.--It shall be the duty and responsibility of each principal to collect from each pupil or the pupil's parent the purchase price of any instructional material the pupil has lost, destroyed, or unnecessarily damaged and to report and transmit such amounts so collected to the superintendent. If such material so lost, destroyed, or damaged has been in school use for more than 1 year, a sum ranging between 50 and 75 percent of the purchase price of the book shall be collected. Such sum shall be determined by the physical condition of the book. The failure to collect such sum upon reasonable effort by the principal may result in the suspension of the pupil from participation in extracurricular activities or satisfaction of the debt by the pupil through community service activities at the school site as determined by the principal. The provisions of this subsection must be included in the policies of the district school board.
(3) SALE OF INSTRUCTIONAL MATERIALS.--The principal, when requested by the parent of a pupil in the school where he or she is employed, shall sell to such parent any instructional materials used in the school. All such sales shall be made under regulations prescribed by the school board.
(4) DISPOSITION OF FUNDS.--All money collected from the sale, exchange, loss, or damage of instructional materials shall be transmitted to the superintendent to be deposited in the district school fund and added to the district appropriation for instructional materials.
(5) CONSERVATION AND CARE.--Principals shall ascertain by inspection, and ensure through every available agency, that all books issued to the school by the superintendent, either in the hands of pupils or in storage, are cared for properly.
(6) ACCOUNTING FOR TEXTBOOKS.--Principals shall see that all books are fully and properly accounted for as prescribed by rules of the local school district.
History.--s. 746, ch. 19355, 1939; CGL 1940 Supp. 892(257); s. 1, ch. 26922, 1951; s. 3, ch. 63-55; ss. 15, 35, ch. 69-106; s. 1, ch. 69-300; s. 19, ch. 74-337; s. 1, ch. 77-174; s. 75, ch. 84-336; s. 47, ch. 87-329; s. 1295, ch. 95-147; s. 10, ch. 97-285; s. 17, ch. 2000-291.