A typical school board meeting will include many business items, such as approving the school calendar, adopting curriculum, overseeing construction, and approving contracts with outside vendors. A successful school board will balance discussion of the seemingly tedious business of running the district while paying close attention to the district's priorities for academic achievement.
Being a School Board Trustee is both an honor and a profound responsibility. Our Board, like most, is comprised of people from different walks of life, different backgrounds, and different experiences. In a democratic society, this is a good thing. Our schools are not overseen by a bureaucratic committee, but by folks who live in our community and are committed to their duty. We come together with no preconceived notions or instructions, and we work collectively, as we should.
A successful board has certain characteristics:
1. To “do our homework” and stay informed about critical issues involving our work.
2. To put in the time and commitment required for this job.
3. To be respectful and to consider all ideas before deciding an issue.
4. To work as a team, not as individuals.
5. To support each other and the decisions that are reached.
6. To be active in our community and represent our schools well to all stakeholders.
7. To maintain confidentiality.
8. To know our roles and responsibilities and respect the differences between oversight and operations.
9. To always put our children –all of our children- first.
I have learned a great deal about our schools and the duties of board membership. I respect my colleagues for their dedication and hard work in always trying to do the right thing.