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Glenbard Township High School District 87
Policy 2:120

Board of Education

Board Member Development

The School Board desires that its individual members learn, understand, and practice effective governance principles. The Board is responsible for member orientation and development. Board members have an equal opportunity to attend state, and national meetings designed to familiarize members with public school issues, governance, and legislation.

The Board President and/or Superintendent shall provide all Board members with information regarding pertinent educational materials, publications, and notices of training or development.

Mandatory Board Member Training

Each Board member is responsible for his or her own compliance with the mandatory training laws that are described below:

1.  Each Board member taking office must complete at least 4 hours of professional development leadership training in education and labor law, financial oversight and accountability, and fiduciary responsibilities with the first year of his or her first term. This requirement is also applicable to Board members who are appointed to fill a vacancy of at least one year's duration.

2.  Each Board member must complete training on the Open Meetings Act no later than 90 days after taking the oath of office for the first time. After completing the training, each Board member must file a copy of the certificate of completion with the Board. Training on the Open Meetings Act is only required once.

3.  Each Board member must complete a training program on evaluations under the Performance Evaluation Reform Act (PERA) before participating in a vote on a tenured teacher's dismissal using the optional alternative evaluation dismissal process. This dismissal process is available after the District's PERA implementation date.

The Superintendent or designee shall maintain on the District website a log identifying the complete training and development activities of each Board member, including both mandatory and non-mandatory training.

New Board Member Orientation

The orientation process for newly elected or appointed School Board members is as follows:

1. The Board President or designee shall arrange a meeting with new Board member(s) for the purpose of explaining and answering questions about Board processes and procedures.

2. The Superintendent shall provide online access to the the School Board Policy Manual, the School Board’s regular meeting minutes for the past year, and other helpful information including material explaining the School Board’s roles and responsibilities.

3. The Board President may request a veteran Board member to mentor a new member.

4. All new members are encouraged to attend workshops for new members conducted by the Illinois Association of School Boards.


The Superintendent or designee shall invite all current candidates for the office of School Board member to attend (1) School Board meetings, except that this invitation shall not extend to any closed meetings, and (2) pre-election workshops for candidates.

LEGAL REF.:  5 ILCS 120/1.05 and 120/2.
                      105 ILCS 5/10-16a and 5/24-16.5.

CROSS REF.: 2:80 (Board Member Ethics), 2:125 (Board Member Expenses), 2:200 (Types of School Board Meetings)

ADOPTED:     December 8, 1997

REVIEWED:    November 21, 2005

REVISED:       November 13, 2006

REVIEWED:    March 5, 2012

REVISED:       May 7, 2012

REVIEWED:    October 21, 2013

REVISED:       December 2, 2013