Policy 2110

Orienting and Training New Board Members

The Board and its staff shall assist each new member-elect to understand the Board’s functions, policies, and procedures before he/she takes office, by the following methods:

  • a. The electee shall be given selected materials relating to the responsibilities of Board membership, which material is supplied by the New York State School Boards Association, the National School Boards Association, and/or other professional organizations;
  • b. The electee shall be invited to attend Board meetings and to participate in its discussions;
  • c. The Clerk shall supply material pertinent to meetings and shall explain its use;
  • d. The electee shall be invited to meet with the Superintendent and other administrative personnel to discuss services they perform for the Board;
  • e. A copy of the Board’s policies and by laws shall be given to the electee by the Clerk;
  • f. The opportunity shall be provided for new Board members to attend the New York State School Boards Association orientation program.

Board Member Training

Within the first year of election or appointment, each Board member must complete a minimum of six (6) hours of training on the financial oversight, accountability and fiduciary responsibilities of a school board member and a training course acquainting him/her with the powers, functions and duties of Boards of Education and administrative authorities affecting public education. Re-elected Board members shall not be required to repeat this training. The curriculum and provider of this training must be approved by the Commissioner of Education.

Upon completing the required training, the Board member shall file with the District Clerk a certificate of completion issued by the provider of the training. Actual and necessary expenses incurred by a Board member in complying with these requirements are a lawful charge to the District.