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    SUBJECT:    ORIENTING AND TRAINING NEW BOARD MEMBERS (1550)

            

    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 material on the role and responsibility of being part of the Board, 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 sent agendas and invited to attend Board meetings in May and June.

     c) The Clerk shall supply material pertinent to meetings.

     d) The electee shall meet with the District 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 each electee by the Clerk.

     f) New Board members shall attend orientation programs.

     g) The District Superintendent will arrange for briefing the new member on programs and procedures by various administrative staff.

     h) A special meeting or time at a regular meeting will be set by the Board for its own orientation of the new member.

     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.

     Education Law Section 2102-a

    8 New York Code of Rules and Regulations (NYCRR) Section 170.12(a) 

     Adopted:  7/10/12