Respectful, Collaborative Discussion
What are critical characteristics of an effective board member?
Being a good listener in an effort to find common ground
Being a collaborator and a team player
Being prepared and well researched
Always exemplifying courteous communication
A board member must be knowledgeable about the district’s needs. Support or criticism is informed and constructive and efforts for solutions are a joint responsibility
Board members are not empowered as an individual to act; all decisions are made as a group and all members agree to support the majority on any split vote.
Before each meeting, the Board President recites the district’s mission: (example) “The Board of Education is committed to supporting continuous improvement leading to student achievement and student success. I hope this meeting is one more step in that process”. By framing all meeting discussions around this important vision, we can keep focus on what matters most: our learners’ needs.
Creating a code of conduct for school board members: “personal decisions should be based on all sufficient facts, we should vote our honest conviction without partisan bias, and we will abide by and uphold the majority decision of the board.