The St. Joseph Board of Education met Tuesday to further build relationships among members and discuss board governance with third-party input.
Board members gathered at Hillyard Technical Center to attend Missouri School Boards Association games, where they divided into teams and answered questions about the duties of a board member.
Terrance Peterson is Senior Director of Board Development at MSBA. Peterson said the meeting was intended to reinforce some training ideals and get to know each other.
“It’s a very light-hearted way to bring everyone together, just have fellowship and just learn from each other,” he said. “You know, it’s kind of like a think tank.
Peterson said being a board member can be stressful, so meeting for a refresher and making them aware of their resources can be beneficial.
“It can be very stressful work. It’s all volunteer work,” he said. “We’re proud of our board members, we support them, and we really want to empower them and provide solutions to whatever they may have.”
Das St. Joseph Board of Education arbeitete kürzlich daran, die Spannungen abzubauen, indem es am Montag Normen verabschiedete, darunter die Aufrechterhaltung einer respektvollen Atmosphäre, effektives Zuhören und Kommunizieren, die Rolle als Befürworter der K-12-Bildung, das Bemühen, evidenzbasierte Entscheidungen zu treffen und den Schülern die Möglichkeit zu geben, Die Interessen der Pädagogen und der Gemeinschaft stehen an erster Stelle.
Der Vorstand stimmte am 6. September mit 4 zu 3 Stimmen für die Auflösung der Ausschüsse.
“We will continue to reach out to (LaTonya Williams),” Peterson said. “We spoke to (Gabe Edgar). There are a number of different people in our association who have had ongoing conversations with them, and to one of them I initially just gave training on the basics of board leadership.”
Peterson said each board has different situations they deal with and address.
“Sometimes it’s good to just vent or talk to someone about the things you’re going through and see if you have any ideas or if anyone else is going through the same things,” he said.