Board Policy 7170

Board Member Development

  • The School Board desires that its individual members learn, understand, and practice effective governance principles. Board members shall have an opportunity to attend local area, state, and national meetings designed to familiarize themselves with public school issues, governance, and legislation.

    Pertinent educational materials, publications, and notices of training or development will be made available to Board members through Board packets, direct mail, or other distribution method.

    The Board shall maintain membership in the Illinois Association of School Boards and the National School Boards Association.

    Mandatory Board Member Training

    Each Board member is responsible for his or her own compliance with mandatory training laws, and shall be reimbursed for any expenses related to training in accordance with Policy 7180, Board Member Expenses. The Superintendent or designee shall maintain on the District website a log identifying the mandatory training completed by Board members.

    New Board Member Orientation

    New members will be encouraged to attend orientation workshops conducted by school board associations.  The Board and the Administration will make every effort to assist each newly elected member to understand the functions, policies and procedures of the Board.

    The orientation process for newly elected or appointed Board members includes:

    1. The Board President or Superintendent, or their designees, shall give each new Board member a copy of or online access to the Board Policy Manual, the Board’s regular meeting minutes for the past year, and other helpful information including material describing the District and explaining the Board’s roles and responsibilities.
    2. The Board President or designee shall schedule one or more special Board meetings, or schedule time during regular meetings, for Board members to become acquainted and to review Board processes and procedures.
    3. The Board President may request a veteran Board member to mentor a new member.
    4. All new members are encouraged to attend workshops for new members conducted by the Illinois Association of School Boards.

    Candidates

    The Superintendent or designee shall invite all current candidates for the office of Board member to attend: (1) Board meetings, except that this invitation shall not extend to any closed meetings, and (2) pre-election workshops for candidates.