By Oregon School Board Association
Many of the qualities that make board members great are acquired over time, through training and experience, so don’t discredit your potential worth as a board member, even though you may never have served in such a capacity.
As you consider running for the school board, think about whether these characteristics of effective board members describe you:
- You hold a conviction that public education is important.
- You are committed to public involvement.
- You have the ability to make decisions.
- You believe in the democratic process.
- You’re willing to devote time and energy to your new position.
- You can accept the will of the majority.
- You have the courage to stand up for your convictions.
- You have respect for district employees.
- You communicate well with others.
These are some characteristics of ineffective board members:
- They become involved in school, ESD or community college administration.
- They allow personal feelings toward others to affect their judgment.
- They allow personal interests to transcend the best interests of the district.
- They neglect board duties.
- They can’t make decisions or take a stand.
- They represent special interests or a particular geographic area rather than the interests of the entire district.
- They adopt an arrogant or paternalistic attitude toward district employees or the public.
“What makes a great school board member” article http://www.greatschools.org/improvement/volunteering/93-what-makes-a-great-school-board-member.gs
Connecticut’s expectations- “Be A School Board Member” http://www.cabe.org/page.cfm?p=64
NY State’s expectations http://www.nyssba.org/index.php?category=leadership_dev&;ref=RunningforBoard&src=gendocs