New board members
The Oregon School Boards Association is dedicated to improving student achievement through advocacy, leadership and service to locally elected, volunteer Oregon public school boards. This mission starts with you. You will find resources to help you become prepared to be an informed and active member of your school board. Please take some time to review the information and access the free materials available to you as a newly elected or appointed school board member in Oregon.
Call OSBA at 1-800-578-6722 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org and provide the following information:
- your name
- phone number
- term expiration
- years of board experience
The board secretary for your board may also be able to help with this.
After you receive your login and password from OSBA, you can access the new board member resources under My OSBA on the home page or click Member Resources.
Boardsmanship 101 - Tips for new board members
Congratulations to our recently elected or appointed board members! When you take your oath of office at your first board meeting, you are entrusted with one of the most important jobs in your community.
OSBA has some free online courses to help get you started in your role as a Board member. They are available here. You can get started with these:
- Basic Roles and Responsibilities
- Policy 101
- Public Meetings
- School Finance
- School Law for Board Members
OSBA also has several written resources ready for its members. Feel free to browse what is available, but we recommend starting with the following:
- Boardsmanship for Oregon School Board Members
- Public Meetings Law, Board Meetings and Executive Sessions
These and others are available for pdf download under Member Resources.
Our two annual training events are the Summer Board Conference, held every July in Bend, and our Annual Convention, held each November in Portland.
We provide additional regional trainings and other special events like the School Law Conference, Legislative Day and the Bonds, Ballots and Buildings Conference, and PACE Day in collaboration with PACE.
You can access our calendar of events on our home page.
If you have questions, or want to read some common questions and get the answers, visit our Ask OSBA page. Here you will find questions and answers on a variety of board-related topics. Some examples are:
- How much detail should be included in our executive session minutes?
- How long before the meeting should a special meeting be posted?
- Does a superintendent's formal evaluation have to be released if requested by any member of the public?
If you have a question that you don’t see, click on the link to Ask OSBA or email any of us in the Board Development Department and we will get back to you with an answer.
You can also subscribe to OSBA's email notifications.