BECOMING A SCHOOL BOARD MEMBER

PROSPECTIVE BOARD CANDIDATES: The decision to run for your local school board is one to which much thought and consideration must be given. Serving as a board member is one of the most important responsibilities that a citizen can undertake. If elected, the educational standards which you, together with your fellow board members, establish will affect the future of the students, the community, and society. Being a board member is a complex and varied position, and often is frustrating as you struggle long hours with difficult choices. However, it is also rewarding, as you watch students succeed and go on to lead productive lives as the result of educational opportunities you helped to create.

According to Minnesota law, "the care, management, and control of independent districts shall be vested in a board of directors, to be known as the school board." There are certain implications in being responsible for the entire district which you may want to consider. Decisions need to reflect what is in the best interest of all students and all citizens. This demands a constant effort and strong commitment to serving other people.

If you are willing to devote your time and talents to meeting these challenges, your state school boards association applauds your decision to run for election and wishes you the best of luck. We are ready and willing to serve you.

FOR YOUR INFORMATION: The Minnesota School Boards Association and your local board of education are pleased to provide the general public with this guide to public school governance.

For further information about the policies and procedures of your local school board, contact the superintendent of schools, the chair of the local school board and read the brochure below.

RESOURCE: Access "Running for School Board: A Prospective Candidate's Guide" brochure.