Saturday, August 26, 2017

IASB Briefs

District membership count at 844
IASB added another school district to its membership rolls on Aug. 16, with the addition of Ohio CCSD 17. The district is located in the Starved Rock Division where Laura Martinez is field services director.

Membership totals include 844 member districts. With only six non-member districts, 99.3 percent of Illinois school districts are now members of the Illinois Association of School Boards.

IASB offers online mandated training
IASB’s Online Learning Center continues to offer the state-mandated Open Meetings Act (OMA) training as required for new school board members within 90 days of taking the oath of office. Click here for more information and to register.

All new board members are also required to complete a four-hour mandatory Professional Development Leadership Training (PDLT) within the first year of their current term. Performance Evaluation Reform Act (PERA) training is required for those board members voting for dismissal within the alternative evaluation process. IASB includes PERA training in all its PDLT training workshops, and the Association offers two opportunities to meet PDLT/PERA school board member training requirements:
  1. Click here for more information and to register for the pertinent online (OLC) course, or
  2. Attend a Pre-Conference Workshop at the 2017 Joint Annual Conference in Chicago on Friday, Nov. 17. Click here for more information, and contact your district office to ask them to register you for Pre-Conference Workshops.
For more information on meeting these state training mandates, click here.

New pocket reference guide published
Patrick Rice, director of field services for IASB, has authored a new book, The Essential Quick Flip Reference Guide for School Board Members. The book is designed to provide fast access to essential information school board members need to know to govern effectively, according to Rice, a former teacher and school administrator.

The book, spiral bound and small enough for convenient portable reference, provides information on a range of topics, including board member expectations and duties, school board governance, parliamentary procedure, school community relations, and more.

The guide, Rice’s second published work, is available from IASB’s online bookstore for $12.99, at: www.iasb.com.