Thursday, August 30, 2018

Board of directors approves strategic priorities at meeting in Effingham

The IASB Board of Directors held its quarterly meeting on Aug. 24-25 in Effingham to review monitoring reports and approve strategic priorities.

It was the first quarterly meeting since IASB Executive Director Tom Bertrand took over July 1. The board discussed their expectations for the executive director and was presented with a monitoring report showing indicators of compliance for each Association department. Bertrand also presented his strategic priorities that will guide Association work for the next three years.

In a board learning session, Consultant Angie Peifer facilitated a governance policy review to allow newer and veteran members of the board clarify their understanding of the board’s global operational expectations, financial administration, and communicating with the board and the executive director’s interpretation of those policies. The comments and suggestions from this activity will be reviewed by the board’s executive committee.

Treasurer Linda Eades presented the financial report and results of the annual audit.

Among several committee reports, Conference co-chairs Sheila Nelson and Dennis Inboden updated the board on 2018 Joint Annual Conference planning and activities. Vice President Tom Neeley gave a resolutions report, which will be compiled and sent to IASB members in advance of the Nov. 16 Delegate Assembly.


Deputy Executive Director Ben Schwarm updated the board on legislation, as some bills were still awaiting action by the Governor. Board leadership shared comments about their involvement in a recent Vision 20/20 meeting to review and refresh initiatives of the policy platform.

President Joanne Osmond gave a report from the recent National School Boards Association (NSBA) Summer Leadership Seminar. Osmond was elected to the NSBA Policies and Resolutions Committee and Neeley to the NSBA National Nominating Committee.

The Board of Directors will meet twice at the Joint Annual Conference in Chicago, on Thursday, November 15 and Sunday, November 18.