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Implications on family and career




Serving on your local board of education can affect your family life and career. Monthly school board meetings can run for several hours. Meetings are typically held on a weekday evening. That can mean time away from participating in family activities, helping the kids with homework, cooking dinner, or just relaxing after a long day at work. It can also affect your work schedule. Newly elected board members may need several hours prior to a board meeting to review the board packet and get questions answered.

In addition to attending monthly meetings, you may also attend committee meetings and school programs, as well as spend time with school officials, parents and community members. District residents might approach you with concerns and complaints. Your commitment can vary based on issues facing your district. A major controversy will likely increase the time you spend on board service. In addition, there may be times of the year, such as school budget season, when your time commitment increases.

If you learn to manage the demands of public service on your private life, board service will be rewarding and enjoyable.





Implications on family and career




Serving on your local board of education can affect your family life and career.

Monthly school board meetings last for several hours on week nights. That can mean time away from family activities. New board members may need several hours to review agenda items and get questions answered.

You may also attend committee meetings and school programs; spend time with school officials, parents and community members; and deal with controversies in your district. During school budget season, your time commitment may increase.