TPAU- Board Member Questions from an Average Citizen

No, as a board member you are part of a team and meant to be the council for district admin and the decisions they wish to make. Board Members are generally given at least a 48-hour notice with details about what they will be voting on. However, all too often the details note will include a “Recommended Vote” from the Superintendent or district lawyer.

Generally, a specific amount of time is allotted depending on the issue at hand. Sometimes it will be from one meeting to another but it really depends on the topic.
In some AZ districts, Members are given no less than 48 hours. Most of the time Members are given 5 days to research all agenda items

Many times Board Members are on their own to complete due diligence on a topic. There will be some times when fact sheets are provided but it is always wise to do your own research, asking others who may be professionals in that field.

“Help” can come in the form of those non-board members in their lives but officially, no one on the board is allowed to “help” another. Open meeting law dictates Board Members may discuss an issue with only ONE other board member, outside of the regular meeting, but for a short amount of time and not with any other board members.

Local School Board bylaws are often found on the district website under Governing Boards. If you cannot find what you’re looking for, contact the school board president via email and they should help you.

The Mesa Public Sschool Policies can be found here: https://go.boarddocs.com/az/mpsaz/Board.nsf/Public#

When elected to the Board, one is given an orientation where they hand out a printed copy of the policies, and walk one through meeting process. Members are also expected/suggested to attend training meetings prior to getting elected so they can familiarize themselves with the proper etiquette.

Certified Teachers report to the Certified, Contracted Principal, the Certified, Contracted Principal reports to the Certified, Contracted Assistant Superintendents, the Certified, Contracted Asst. Superintendents report to the Certified, Contracted Superintendent, and the Certified, Contracted Superintendent reports to The Elected, non-paid Governing Board.

The Arizona School Board Association is a private, non-profit, non-partisan organization that provides training, leadership and essential services to public school governing boards statewide. They are governed by a board of directors, comprised of school board members from throughout the state, and through direct member action.

https://azsba.org

ASBA is a Membership Association which provides guidance but is not the controlling force for a school board. The taxpayers/voters are who the board should be listening to. If they are not, please let us know to learn proper process to hold them accountable. You, as a resident and taxpayer in a particular district, are their Constituents.
ASBA Conferences often allow for interaction with Districts throughout the Country. Some can use this to gather cost saving ideas, and ideas related to how to handle class room sizes.

ASBA is a collective, non-profit Membership Organization and holds optional conferences and trainings.

No, Bonds and Overrides are decided on by each District Certified, Contracted Administrators on a “Need” basis and then presented to the board for approval. A district must initiate and pay for the election.

As the community’s representative in the local schools, a Public School District Governing Board is responsible for ensuring that the schools are well run, resources are used wisely, and high standards for academic performance are set. The board as a whole will monitor performance to meet established goals; academic, financial and operational.

The authority of the school board is limited to the definitions of policies, the creation and management of the budget, and the management and oversight of the Superintendent.

The State Certified, Contracted Superintendent works for the Board, and takes all direction from it. However, in most cases, the Superintendent, with more hands-on experience can recommend any and all budget and policy changes. The Board Members do not have to follow their recommendations.

No, they are private citizens serving the public in a public servant manner, once or twice a month.

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