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Book: B

Section: Board Governance and Operations


Code: BIB

Status: Active

Adopted: February 6, 1984

Last Revised: November 17, 2015

Recognizing the value of continuous and life-long learning, the Portland Board of Public Education (the “Board”) places a high priority on the development of its members’ “boardsmanship” skills and on supporting opportunities for in-service education. The purpose of the board development is to enhance the quality of education in the school unit and the effectiveness of school unit governance.


Board members need to be well informed and to expand their knowledge of trends and issues affecting education and school governance. In addition, Board members need to develop and reinforce the skills required for effective policy-making, budget planning and communications.


Board members are encouraged to participate in district-sponsored training sessions and/or workshops and in school board or related conferences, seminars, workshops and conventions. Board members are also encouraged to be active in leadership opportunities that may be available within regional,    state and national associations.


Adequate funds shall be budgeted annually to support Board member development, including participation at meetings, subscriptions to publications that address the concerns of Board members and memberships in school boards associations.


Board members may use their own discretion regarding attendance at meetings, conferences, conventions or other events where reimbursement will not be provided by the school unit.


At a Board meeting subsequent to attendance at an educational event, members are to report back briefly to the Board and to the public to share knowledge gained. Board members are also encouraged to study and share with the Board and Superintendent materials of interest they have collected.


The Chair, on a case-by-case basis, will determine and limit the numbers of School Committee members authorized to attend specific workshops and conventions where the expenses involved warrant such limitations.


BIB - Board Member Development Opportunities.pdf (8 KB)


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