Welcome to the world of boardsmanship! These are challenging times for public education and great governance is needed more than ever before. Creating the capacity for your district to excel is not done by accident. It takes the deliberate and intentional efforts of a governing board who has a unity of purpose focused on students.

As a school board member, you have much to learn about your roles and responsibilities. It seems almost instantly after taking the oath of office, you are expected to become skilled interpreters of school law, experts at board policy development and vigilant overseers of scarce resources. What’s more, you are expected to function with the other board members as part of a united team, despite differences in backgrounds, political philosophies, knowledge levels and expertise.

Serving as a board member can be challenging. It also can be one of the most fulfilling responsibilities you'll ever experience. OSBA offers numerous resources to help you in your role.