Congratulations! The campaign is over, and now it’s time to govern with your school board. This is the start of a journey as a public servant, and you may be asking if there’s an instruction manual.
There’s a lot to get up to speed on:
TASB can help. We’re here as a resource for your transition to public service and throughout your time as a school board member.
A good place to start understanding your role as a member of the school board is the Texas Education Agency’s Framework for School Board Development. TASB also has a variety of resources for new school board members created to help you hit the ground running:
As a new school board member, you have State Board of Education mandated continuing education requirements to meet. See the Current Training Requirements to learn more.
The Texas Trustee Institute, held at most TASB events, provides an overview of school board service for new board members. The sessions cover the essentials you need to succeed in your first year. Can't make it to a live TASB event? Look for the New Board Member Launch course package in the TASB Online Learning Center (OLC).
The OLC also includes useful foundational courses:
The resources closest to home are your:
When you have a question about board service that your board president or superintendent can’t answer, TASB can often help. Call 800-580-8272, extension 2453, or email Board Development Services at firstname.lastname@example.org to let them know you’re a new school board member.
Joining your school board doesn’t come with an instruction manual, but TASB can help you get off on the right foot.
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