Book Title: The Art of School Boarding: What Every School Board Member Needs to Know
Publisher: Education Communication Unlimited
Author: Jim Burgett
School board rookies or veterans, superintendents, administrators, and the education-guiding citizenry are the reading targets for Jim Burgett s newest K-12 book (of six). The Art of School Boarding: What Every School Board Member Needs to Know
should also be mandatory reading for candidates seeking school board election.
As Burgett explains in easy-reading detail, being a school board member is not a political position, nor one of royalty. It s held in modest esteem. Board members deal with families, law, curricula, finances, mandates, athletics, the fine arts the list goes on. No pay, tough issues, lots of controversy, much reading oh yes, the future of the community is also in its hands.
School Boarding is an art. Boards have their own purpose, means, personality, process, and protocol. These pages discuss the basics of this particular boardsmanship, school governance, the role of the board, its members, and the administration. It explains ethical expectations, a specific Code of Conduct, and how the board handles community concerns and builds relationships. Dozens of case studies also provide examples and insight from other, veteran board members and administrators. The common sense of these straightforward, jargon-free pages explains what present or future board members must know.
Twelve words or phrases capture the core of The Art of School Boarding
: leadership, superintendent selection, vision, morale standards, relationship building, trust, policy development, the law, ethics, educational support, setting expectations, and the chain-of-command.
If you are or want to be a good school board member this book is priority one reading, says Darell Belm, past winner of Illinois Outstanding School Board President Award.
This is the book s table of contents:
1. Boarding Basics What does a Board Member Do? How much time is involved? What are the pros and cons of Boarding?
2. Why Does Anyone Want to Board? Know Why You Want to Serve, The School Boarding Questionnaire
3. The Foundational Principles of School Governance, The Board Clarifies the Purpose, The Board Connects with the Community. The Board as Employer, The Board as Delegator, The Board as Monitor, and Fundamental Boarding Responsibilities
4. Board Roles and Superintendent Roles. What does the Board Do? What does the Superintendent Do? What is the Relationship?
5. Boarding Code of Conduct, Formal Codes, and Common Sense Codes
6. Know the Chain of Command, Memorize the Organizational Chart, Direct Others to the Process
7. Learn the Art of Receiving and Responding to Complaints, Catching the Complaint, Throwing the Complaint
8. Never Forget Who Comes First, Rethink Your Reasons, Analyze Your Actions, Stabilize Your Center
9. Money Matters, Understand Your Role with Money, Know the Importance of Financial Stability
10. Programs and Growth, Understand the Fundamentals of Schooling, Understand Growth
12. School Boarding at its Best, Characteristics of an Exemplary Board Member, Your Legacy
13. Expert Advice
14. Taking Care of You
15. The Ride.
Jim Burgett regularly speaks to school administrators, teachers, and board members throughout the United States. He is also the author of Teachers Change Lives 24/7
and coauthor of Finding Middle Ground in K-12 Education, What Superintendents and Principals Need to Know, and The Perfect School.
For 40+ years Burgett has taught and served as principal and superintendent at the elementary, middle, and high school levels. He was twice named administrator of the year by his peers.
Jim Burgett s The Art of School Boarding
is a straightforward, common sense, jargon-free book that tells what present and future board members must know.