Hutchinson Public Schools Board of Education members Valarie
Gibson-Smith and Anette Roberson recently completed the Foundations for Boardsmanship training offered by the Kansas Association of School Boards in Topeka.
Dr. Brian Jordan, KASB assistant director for leadership services, said the training gives new board members a strong foundation to begin building their skills as effective leaders.
“The training included an introduction to the fundamentals of serving on a board of education and covered topics such as advocacy, finance, setting goals and priorities, and evaluating the superintendent,” Jordan said. “Also covered were legal topics, including open meetings and executive sessions. The agenda also included an overview of the Kansas Education Systems Accreditation and other state and national education governance topics.”
Another critical part of the training is how to set goals and work through disagreements to reach consensus.
“Top achieving districts have one thing in common – a board of education and district leadership team that have clearly identified their priorities and remain focused on a vision for the future of their students,” Jordan said.
Creating a board team takes time, Jordan said. One of the best ways to prepare for success is to have new board members attend the workshop, along with the superintendent, board clerk and a more seasoned board member who can serve as a mentor.
Also attending the training from USD 308 was Board Member Kail Denison.