Chaos at school board meetings does not serve students
It is not a regional problem. The National School Boards Association has asked for federal help to prevent disruption and unsafe conditions at local school board meetings. As a result, the US Department of Justice has pledged support for local law enforcement agencies who wish to prosecute those who disrupt the official activities of the board. While viewed by many as a necessary step in regaining control over the sanctity of public board meetings, the most meaningful conversation should be how school board members will fulfill their obligations to the children of Georgia.
In the midst of this upheaval comes the opportunity to re-prioritize and hit the reset button. January is a great time to change the conversation, as the newly elected board members will be sworn in to their official duties.
School boards were created for a very specific purpose: to hire the superintendent, to set school policy, to govern and to allocate funds to run a district. The actual day-to-day administration of schools is entrusted to the superintendent and their identified district and building managers. Student growth and performance suffer when school boards stray from their intended function. The school climate suffers as board governance extends to the administration and advancement of political programs.
Here I offer my recommendations for new members and newly re-elected members:
As board members take their new oath, I encourage them to consider the needs of the students. Investing in the governance of learning councils, respecting the distinction between governance and school administration, as well as creating a system of civility and collaboration, will benefit our students and our communities by lowering the temperature. currently in our schools. The anger and division must be mended now, or we risk losing many great educators and board members who work in the service of children.