Be your best on the board
July 28, 2009
Why should I spend time and money on board workshops and conferences?
You were elected because your community believes you can make a difference for education. You're now a student advocate, setting the district's vision and providing the structure for students to succeed.
You face a steep learning curve, and there is little time in your term for mistakes. You need expertise in many areas.
The board’s primary function is setting policy. Board members must keep abreast of educational trends and ever-changing federal and state statutes, regulations and court rulings.
The school district, ESD or community college is often the largest employer in a community. Selecting an executive to manage the school system is among your most important decisions. Education faces unique labor-market challenges and, because labor costs comprise the majority of your budget, you need to stay informed about personnel and labor-market trends.
Education is big business. School budgets run in the millions of dollars. Determining educational priorities and allocating the budget requires specialized knowledge and continuing board development.
The content and scope of what is taught in the classroom is key to the board’s role as policymaker. Decisions must be made on content, materials and methods of instruction. Education must meet acceptable community standards as well as national, state and local mandates for school improvement. Being well-informed and up to date is essential.
The board’s charge includes being accountable and responsive to the community in meeting the needs of the schools and students. Public trust, understanding and support are built on good communication. OSBA provides communications services and teaches you communications skills.
OSBA’s leadership development programs help boards govern effectively and efficiently so they can stay focused on student achievement above all else.