American Education Week is traditionally observed the week before Thanksgiving.
The board has the authority to appoint special committees.
While Back to School Week officially ended in 2004, we think it's an event worth perpetuating. What better say to help Oregonians understand what public schools are doing for our children and our future?
Education bills from 2015 and prior Oregon legislative sessions.
A description of the board chair's authority.
The board secretary provides the board with accurate records of meeting minutes, handles board correspondence, and posts all meetings.
User-friendly resources for informing and involving your community in the process of setting spending priorities.
Tips for building collaborative relationships with political and business leaders in order to develop a consensus for student success.
Basic steps for building partnerships between businesses and schools.
Resources to help you make the most of the U.S. Census information.
The selection of the board chair is made no later than the next regular meeting following July 1 each year.
Resources for making a positive impression on the public at board meetings.
Communicating with Oregon's growing minority population.
Do's and don'ts for building relationships with legislators.
The primary role of the chair, other than to run meetings, is to be the voice of the board.
Links to articles designed to help school boards establish two-way communication between the organization and the community it serves.
The most important role of the board chair is conducting the meeting.
Information about school organization, curriculum, budget, collective bargaining, education service districts and community colleges.
Resource page linking districts to information and tools from other districts.
What the board needs to know to effectively evaluate the superintendent.
A board may be called to meet in executive session or decide to go into executive session at any time during a regular, special or emergency meeting to discuss certain matters. By Oregon law, the chair may call a board into executive session without a vote of the board; however, in some districts, local policy may require such a vote.
Whenever an executive session is called, the presiding officer must identify the section and subsection of ORS 192.660 (listed reasons) or 332.061 (expulsion or medical records of a minor student) that authorize the executive session's purpose.
Boards may not meet in executive session to conduct the following business:
- Fill a vacancy in an elective office
- Fill a vacancy on any public committee, commission or other advisory group
- Consider general employment policies
- Discuss an employee's performance, unless that employee has been notified and has been given the option of having the discussion held in public
- Hire the superintendent or any other employee if the vacancy has not been advertised, hiring procedures have not been adopted by the board, and there has been no opportunity for public input about the hiring
Purposes for which executive session may be called:
- To consider the employment of a public officer, employee, staff member or individual agent. (ORS 192.660(2)(a))
- To consider the dismissal or disciplining of, or to hear complaints or charges brought against, a public officer, employee, staff member or agent, unless he or she requests an open meeting. (ORS 192.660(2)(b))
- To conduct deliberations with persons designated to carry on labor negotiations. (ORS 192.660(2)(d))
- To conduct deliberations to negotiate real property transactions. (ORS 192.660(2)(e))
- To consider records exempt by law from public inspection. (ORS 192.660(2)(f))
- To consult with counsel concerning current or possible litigation. (ORS 192.660(2)(h))
- To review and evaluate the performance of the superintendent or any other public officer, employee or staff member, unless that person requests an open hearing. (ORS 192.660(2)(i))
- To consider matters relating to school safety or a plan that responds to safety threats made toward a school. (ORS 192.660(k))
- Conduct a hearing on the expulsion of a student or to review a student's confidential medical records. (ORS 332.061(1))
If you have questions about the state’s public meetings laws and other state statutes dealing with the meetings of public officials, call OSBA. Further information on executive session is available in OSBA's Public Meetings Law, Board Meetings and Executive Sessions.
A new trend may be on the horizon for Oregon school boards. Districts in two regions - Southern Oregon and East Multnomah County - have recently improved their bargaining advantage by participating in regional negotiation forums.
Oregon’s Public Meetings Laws govern what materials must be made available to the public and which may be withheld.
Letters sent to the board of education through the board chair should be shared with other board members.
Links to useful information from Oregon and around the nation.
Statistical information about school board elections.
The time committment for school board service.
Information on becoming a school board candidate.
Pointers for planning large public events.
Common denominators in dysfunctional school boards.
Building Support for Your Schools
Five tips for communicating with your legislators.
Resources for New Board Members
Leadership is an acquired art, not something that comes naturally to all people.
The board will hold public hearings as required by law.
Information about how to file as a candidate for school board elections.
Schools are changing - from footprints and heating systems to landscapes and siting decisions.
Communities began to move away from the concept of a small neighborhood-centered school that kids could walk to in the 1970s, but some are pushing back. Learn about this trend.
The board chair should work to keep the board focused on the school district's vision.
Keeping the lines of communication open between the board chair and the superintendent benefits the entire board and school district.
A high quality superintendent evaluation process helps develop good board/superintendent relationships, provides clarity of roles, creates common understanding of the leadership being provided and provides a mechanism for public accountability.
Oregonians aren't getting enough of the right information about their local schools to create a very big fan club for education. Here we provide examples of "blue-ribbon" triumphs in our schools and give you new tools to help you change the public's opinion.
When the board chair speaks to an issue, the public and the media assume that the chair’s statement is the opinion of the entire board of education.
The agenda, prepared by the board chair and the superintendent, is the most important document at any board meeting.
Serving on a board of education is a volunteer effort that requires many hours of diligent work.
An overview of a school board's responsibilities.
Qualities that describe effective board members.
As a new board chair, you suddenly find that you are making decisions, and that 'basic rule' is less defined.