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How To Be An Awful School Board Member
Published on Mar 21, 2017
For novice and seasoned BOE members. Courtesy of Eitner Education.
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You've been elected or appointed. GOOD FOR YOU! You're going to change the whole system now, right?
What You're In Charge Of:
Hiring & Firing the Superintdent
You're paying the Superintendent to do.
As elected officials, consider yourself Kings & Queens.
You are responsible for hiring a Captain to lead and steer the boat.
If you don't like the direction the boat it going, you fire the Captain.
You DON'T get on the boat.
Committees or Committee of the Whole via CSA recomendation
Andrew . Walsh
GET OFF MY BOAT!
INCIDENT = POLICY, POLICY = REGULATION
Strict or Loose Interpretation
Alex E. Proimos
GET OFF MY BOAT
Paying your employees
Paying your bills
Paying your debt
Tax Levies, Bonds & Referendums
Creating a budget
GET OFF MY BOAT!
HIRING & FIRING THE CSA
Recruit / Interview
Set the job description
Evaluate at least once a year
Other state requirements*
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Yes, you can make a CSA's life wonderful or a living hell.
YOU CAN'T GET ON THE BOAT!
But even if you choose to make the CSA miserable...
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...and to cause lawsuits, discord, misery, or AOTA
Remember 'your 4'
Small Town BS
Big Town BS
2) NEWSPAPER / ONLINE COMMENTS
Quotes to the paper
Fake names in chatrooms
3) PUBLIC EMBARRASSMENT
Dirty laundry gets cleaned behind closed doors
Turning employee hires into a circus event
4) CLAIMING TO REPRESENT THE WHOLE BOE
5) SOLICITATING COMPLAINTS
Complaint fishing expediations
Secret meetings or "cups of coffee"
Firing up the Mob
6) BUILDING NEGATIVE COALITIONS
"Let's grab a drink after the meeting."
Sticking around after a BOE meeting to chat with firestarters
Not conducting BOE business in the public (no, a bar is not 'public')
ALCOHOL = SOCIAL LUBRICATOR
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7) GATHERING ONE-SIDED PUBLIC SUPPORT
One-sided petitions, letters, or meetings
FOX vs MSNBC
The "Kitchen Cabinet"
When in doubt, talk to your CSA. She/he will be happy to help, that's their job.
Unless you already tried to get on their boat or are trying to sandbag.
...then you're D-O-A.
Cookson, Peter. Sacred Trust. Corwin, 2012.
Mayer, Richard E. How Not to Be a Terrible School Board Member. Corwin, 2011.
Jackson, Robert. What They Don't Teach You in School Administration. Amazon, 2006.
Barbara L. Slavin
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