Listed below are some of the hallmarks of effective board meetings.
- Starting on time, everyone present, prepared and ready to work.
- Agenda materials and back-up information readily available and pertinent.
- Staying on topic and focused with a goal toward disposing of issues.
- Focusing the majority of the meeting on educational issues and district goals.
- Appropriate communications: around the table, with the public and staff.
- Understanding the benefits and limitations of parliamentary process.
- Respecting the leadership role of the president.
- Knowing when to take a vote, dispose of issues, and move on.
- Providing for reports and updates by the relevant committees.
- Dealing with open and closed session material appropriately.
- Having minutes ready in a timely fashion.
- Giving clear direction to the Superintendent for follow up action required.
Guide to Planning
- The agenda has become the most important tool the local board uses to conduct its business. It is a diagram whereby the board can proceed with one item of business to another in a methodical manner.
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- Find out how effective your last board meeting was.