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Taking your seat at the table




As a newly elected board member, your life will be busy. Your board will hold its annual reorganization meeting in July. There, you will be sworn in, elect and appoint officers (i.e., a board president and vice president), and determine committee membership. You will be one of five to nine board members, typically, depending on the size of your particular board. Learn more about board of education meeting protocols and procedures.

During your board service, you will likely approve an annual budget (except in large city school districts), ratify collective bargaining agreements, develop policies on district operations, evaluate the superintendent, and establish short-and long-range goals. As a board member, you must always promote a healthy school district culture, be accountable for student achievement, maintain strong ethical standards and avoid conflicts of interest.


Taking your seat at the table




As a newly elected board member, your life will be busy. Your board will hold its reorganizational meeting in July. You will be sworn in, elect and appoint officers, and determine committee membership.

Learn more about board of education meeting procedures.

During your board service, you will likely approve an annual budget (except in large city school districts), ratify collective bargaining agreements, develop policies on district operations, evaluate the superintendent, and establish goals.

You must always promote a healthy school district culture, be accountable for student achievement, maintain strong ethical standards and avoid conflicts of interest.



Your commitment

You are an elected official, in office to represent your entire school community. Now, you’ve got to work for what you believe in. This means:

  • Doing your homework before board meetings.

  • Keeping abreast of current education issues.

  • Devoting sufficient time, thoughts and study to proposed actions.

  • Remaining open-minded to alternative solutions to problems.

  • Encouraging ideas and opinions from students, staff and residents of the district, and incorporating their views into your decisions.

  • Acting as an advocate for the schools and children in influencing lawmakers in Albany and Washington, DC.

  • Setting high expectations for the work of the board.

  • Keeping the board’s primary focus on the best interests of students.

Hours spent on board service


Your commitment

You can expect to spend between five and 10 hours per week on school board activities:

Hours spent on board service

Your commitment

You can expect to spend between five and 10 hours per week on school board activities:

Hours spent on board service