Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Board of directors meets in Pike County

The IASB Board of Directors held its quarterly meeting on Aug. 25-26 in Nebo. Gathering at the
same rural Pike County lodge where IASB staff 20 years ago began discussing what eventually would become known as the Association’s “Foundational Principles of Effective Governance,” the board spent some time reviewing potential owner engagement topics.

Facilitated by consultant Angie Peifer, the board considered two questions relating to Foundational Principle Two (the board connects with its community): how it can engage owners, i.e., member districts, into supporting the Association’s mission, vision, and results, and, how the board can help members to better understand and support the roles and responsibilities of an effective association governing board.

The comments and suggestions from this activity will be reviewed by the board’s executive committee.

The board also reviewed and approved OE policies (operations) for the executive director and the board, and the R1 indicators of compliance (results) for each Association department. The board’s purpose is to assure that the Association achieves the outcomes described in the board’s Results policies and that it operates according to the values expressed in the Board’s Operational Expectations policies.

In other business, Treasurer Tom Neeley presented the financial report and results of the annual audit.
Neeley said the Association will solicit bids for next year’s auditor.

Co-chairs Carla Joiner-Herrod and Mark Christ gave the board an update on the 2017 Joint Annual Conference. The board of directors will meet twice during conference, on Thursday, Nov. 16, and on Sunday, Nov. 19, when it will review how this year’s Conference went.

Co-chairs of the executive search ad hoc committee, Karen Fisher and Sue McCance, gave a brief update on the search to replace retiring Executive Director Roger Eddy. The committee is accepting applications until Sep. 15. Vice president Joanne Osmond gave a resolutions report, which will be compiled and sent to Association membership prior to the Delegate Assembly.

Deputy Executive Director Ben Schwarm updated the board on the developments in Springfield relating to the state budget and school aid funding formula. Both Schwarm and Eddy indicated that the situation is very fluid, with likely compromises on sensitive issues such as corporate replacement tax and vouchers.

Board leadership gave a report from the recent NSBA summer leadership seminar and Eddy discussed the recent executive directors’ institute. Eddy also updated the board on staffing and membership.

The board also approved two firms for membership in IASB Service Associates: Nels Johnson Tree Service of Evanston, and Meemic of Auburn Hills, Michigan.