Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Board Governance Recognition applications available

School boards that strive for excellence and exhibit effective governance behaviors have the opportunity to apply for IASB’s School Board Governance Recognition. The program recognizes boards of education that have actively modeled their local governance activities as outlined in the Association’s six Foundational Principles of Effective Governance.

The Governance Recognition program acknowledges full board development and participation rather than individual board member accomplishments. The program covers a two-year period, from July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2018, allowing boards that have received the recognition to apply for renewal every two years.

To qualify for the recognition, boards must demonstrate how they are meeting the Foundational Principles of Effective Governance in the following areas:

  • Adopting and communicating the districts’ mission, vision, and goals, and monitoring progress towards district ends utilizing available data;
  • Explaining the board’s two-way communication efforts and activities with the community;
  • Implementing a superintendent evaluation process that culminates in an annual superintendent evaluation;
  • Conducting regular policy reviews and maintaining an updated policy manual;
  • Having an agreed upon, written, and adopted code of conduct;
  • Implementing an orientation process for new board members; and
  • Practicing effective governance behaviors by participating in IASB programs and events.

Applications for School Board Governance Recognition and the qualifications necessary to receive the honor are posted on the IASB website. Applications must be completed, signed by the board president, and received by August 1, 2018.

School boards that earn governance recognition will be presented with plaques at IASB’s fall division meetings and recognized at the Joint Annual Conference in November.

Questions about the award program should be directed to Peggy Goone, ext. 1103, or by emailing her at: pgoone@iasb.com.