Board meeting agendas: Staying on trackby Diane Sandifer 1 Comment April 11, 2011
At the eBOARDsolutions User Conference in March 2011, I co-presented with Dr. Valery Hall of the Forsyth County Public Schools in Georgia. In her role of assisting both the superintendent and the board of education, Valery is integrally involved in preparing the agendas for their board’s meetings. Thus, our session involved agenda preparation and effective meeting management since I served as board chair of my local system in Harris County, Georgia for eight years. The preparing of the agenda with appropriate input is critical in providing for focused meetings aligned to the plan of the school system. Valery’s board is using technology tools for this task; my former board does as well.
Managing the work of a school system can be a daunting task. And, board members can get “off track” and not adhere to their roles and responsibilities. As a board navigates through a carefully planned agenda and has immediate access to attachments with data and information for each item, the board can then make informed decisions. Student achievement stays at the forefront. A best practice is demonstrated in modeling why the business at hand is important and then trusting and empowering the superintendent and his/her leadership team to carry out the work.
Valery and I may have separate lenses through which we come to the table in our school system roles. But, most importantly, we share a common vision for what public education should be—equitable and excellent for all children.
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