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New School Board Member Academy - Lake Placid
Date: November 4 - 5, 2016
Time: 12:00 am

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High Peaks Resort
2384 Saranac Ave
Lake Placid, NY 12946


Eligibility Requirements for Special Offer

  • If you were elected/appointed in 2015 or earlier, you are qualified for this special offer.
  • If you were elected/appointed in 2015, you must have already taken state-mandated training to be eligible for the special offer.


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 New York State School Boards Association


It’s more than State-Mandated training
It’s the skills you need to be an effective new school board member

Dates & Locations
Fiscal Oversight
Pre-reg/Cancellation Deadline
Hyatt Regency Buffalo
2 Fountain Plaza
Buffalo, NY 14202
Phone: (716) 856-1234
July 15
July 16
July 15 - 16
July 8
Islandia Marriott Long Island
3635 Express Drive North
Islandia, NY 11749
Phone:  (631) 232-3000
August 12
August 13
August 12 - 13
August 5
Radisson Hotel Albany
(formerly Holiday Inn Albany)
205 Wolf Road
Albany, NY 12205

Phone: (518) 458-7250
September 23
September 24
September 23 -24
September 16
High Peaks Resort
2384 Saranac Ave
Lake Placid, NY 12946
Phone: (518) 523-4411
November 4
November 5
November 4 - 5
October 28


$235 for one day; $400 for two days (Members)
$470 for one day; $800 for two days (Nonmembers)

$117.50 for one day; $200 for two days (Veteran Members Special Offer)
$235 for one day; $400 for two days (Veteran Nonmembers Special Offer)

Board members will earn 20 points for each day of the academy in NYSSBA's School Board U Recognition Program

Course fee includes resource materials, continental breakfast, lunch and a non-refundable $50 administrative fee.
Cancellations will not be refunded after the pre-registration/cancellation deadline. No-shows will be billed.

Take advantage of our special room block at each location. Call the appropriate hotel directly to make your reservation and mention the NYSSBA room block.

School Board U provides the skills you need to meet the ever-changing challenges of board governance and fiscal accountability with a training program designed to enhance your leadership skills. For more information,  visit

Remember – Even if you haven’t taken office as a school board member, you’re still eligible to register for this must-attend academy.  Contact your superintendent or clerk for more details.


Essentials of School Board Governance
8:30 - 9:00 a.m.  Registration and Continental Breakfast
9:00 - 10:30 a.m. The Importance and Purpose of School Boards (Module A)
Accounting for student performance outcomes is a primary responsibility of school boards. Understand the impact school board work has on student achievement.  Find out how to best promote student achievement by setting direction, goals and continuous improvement for the district. Learn how to align and optimize district resources to ensure district goals are met, while creating a district culture that is conducive to learning.
10:30 - 10:45 a.m. Break
10:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. School Board Members’ Rights, Risks and Responsibilities, (Module B)
School boards do not operate in a vacuum. Various governing and administrative authorities, including the U.S. Department of Education, Board of Regents, and the New York State Education Department, shape the public education agenda.  Discover how the various mandates, regulations and guidance established by these authorities impact your school board work. 
12:15 - 1:00 p.m. Lunch
1:00 - 2:30 p.m.  Policy and Board Operations (Module C)
Effective policies serve as the core of successful school board leadership by providing the district with long-term direction and compliance with state and federal laws. Examine how policy and its development cycle is a critical component to the operation of a school district. Learn how policy and board operating procedures help school boards work effectively as a team, in cooperation with their superintendent. Engage in problem-solving exercises to better understand how well-defined operating procedures, along with policy, can help keep the board a cohesive unit and focused on student achievement.
2:30 - 3:00 p.m. Question and Answer Session
3:00 - 3:15 p.m. Break
3:15 - 4:45 p.m.  Data Use for Accountability and Student Achievement (Module D)
Student achievement is a fundamental measure of a school board’s leadership. Success is measured, not only in meeting standards, but also by demonstrating improvement. Learn how to utilize data from a variety of sources to make critical decisions for your district and evaluate the impact of those decisions on student achievement. Examine how to analyze comparative data, understand leading and lagging indicators, identify trends, and discover the right questions to ask to establish accountability and continuous improvement.
4:45 - 4:50 p.m.  Wrap Up and Preparation for Day 2
Fiscal Oversight Fundamentals
8:00 - 9:00 a.m.  Registration and Continental Breakfast
9:00 - 10:50 a.m.  Safeguarding District Resources: Roles and Responsibilities (Module 1)
Learn your board’s financial stewardship role and its fiscal oversight responsibilities. Understand the responsibilities of key financial positions such as the claims auditor and audit committee, and their relationship with the board. Examine the internal and external audit and how to utilize both to ensure proper safeguarding of district resources. Explore the attitudes and conditions conducive to fraud, waste and abuse and how preventative measures such as internal controls, policy and oversight that can protect district resources. Learn how to respond if the board or others suspect irregularities.
10:50 - 11:00 a.m. Break
11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. The Responsibility of the Board of Education in School District Finances (Module 2)
Explore the principal sources of school district funds and major guidelines affecting disposition of funds from each source.  Learn why the district prepares a budget, obtains voter approval and understand laws and rules affecting the budget process.
12:30 - 1:30 p.m. Lunch
1:30 - 2:45 p.m.  The Responsibility of the Board of Education in Managing School District Fiscal Fitness (Module 3)
Study financial management and accounting practices that promote fiscal fitness.  Discover how to project cash flow, execute budget transfers and more.  Understand how mismanagement of fund balance and reserve funds can have an impact on your district.
2:45 - 3:00 p.m. Break
3:00 - 4:15 p.m.  The Responsibility of the Board of Education in Budget Development (Module 4)
Learn what information your board should receive regularly, in what form and from whom.  Identify elements of financial reports that warrant special attention to ensure the district’s financial health.  Understand key indicators of a financially stressed district.

Added Bonus!

Each participant will receive the publication:

  • Becoming a Better Board Member, 3rd Edition

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