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72-1131. Unified school districts; style, designation and powers; delegation of contractual power to superintendent, limitation. Each unified school district shall be designated by the name and style of "unified school district No. ______ (the number designated by the state board of education), ____________ county (naming the home county of the unified school district), state of Kansas," and by such name may sue and be sued, execute contracts and hold such real and personal property as it may acquire. Every unified school district shall possess the usual powers of a corporation for public purposes. The board of education of every unified school district may delegate to the superintendent of schools the power to execute contracts on behalf of the district for the purchase of goods and services if the value of such goods or services is $20,000 or less.

History: L. 1963, ch. 393, § 15; L. 1965, ch. 420, § 12; L. 2001, ch. 158, § 3; L. 2006, ch. 129, § 1; April 27.

Source or Prior Law:


Law Review and Bar Journal References:

"Constitutional Law: Federal Rights and State Immunity—An Unresolved Conflict," Alice M. Fitzgerald, 17 W.L.J. 194, 198 (1977).

Attorney General's Opinions:

School attendance; G.E.D. 87-46.

Interlocal cooperation agreements between school districts. 89-43.

Organization order for unified school district; affirmative action contracting program. 92-3.

General powers of boards of education; financial advisors; legal services. 93-27.

Boards of education; powers and finances; disposition of unneeded property; contracts with private businesses. 94-155.

Unified school district, authority to contract; incurring liability; securing payment of obligations. 96-36.

Unified school district may pay litigation costs of lawsuits in which involved but may not contribute to costs once removed from lawsuit. 1999-66.

Deeds for school district real estate should be in form and style of K.S.A. 72-8201. 2000-1.

Alcoholic liquor may not be consumed at alumni association reunion held on school district premises. 2001-41.

Education service centers; may provide goods and services to schools and other governmental entities, including customers not members of service center. 2002-10.


1. Cited in determination of school board's authority to receive federal funds. Linher v. Unified School District No. 259, Wichita, Kansas, 344 F. Supp. 1187, 1196.

2. School board did not enjoy 11 th Amendment immunity from liability to teachers for failure to afford rights under 14 th Amendment to pretermination hearing. Unified School District No. 480 v. Epperson, 551 F.2d 254, 255, 260.

3. School board not immune from liability to teachers for failure to afford rights under 14 th Amendment to pretermination hearing. Unified School Dist. No. 480 v. Epperson, 583 F.2d 1118, 1122.

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