126P - School Board Member In-Service Activities

The County School Board of Frederick County, Virginia, places a high priority on the importance of a planned and continuing program of in-service education for its members. The central purpose of the program is to enhance the quality and effectiveness of public school governance in our community. The school board in-service activities will assist members in their efforts to improve their skills as members of a policy-making body; to expand their knowledge about trends, issues, and new ideas affecting the educational activities of the local schools; and, to deepen their insights into the nature of leadership in a modern democratic society.  

School board members will participate annually in professional development activities at the state, local, or national levels on governance, including, but not limited to, personnel, policies and practices; the evaluation of personnel; curriculum and instruction; use of data in planning and decision making; and current issues in education.

Funds shall be budgeted annually to support this program. Individual school board members shall be reimbursed for out-of-pocket costs incurred through participation in approved activities. The school board shall retain the authority to approve or disapprove the participation of members in planned activities. 

The school board regards the following as the kinds of activities and services appropriate for implementing this policy:
  1. Participation in school board conferences, workshops and conventions conducted by the Virginia and the National School Boards Association. 

  2. Division-sponsored training sessions for school board members. 

  3. Subscriptions to publications addressed to the concerns of school board members. 
       
Legal Reference(s):
Code of Virginia, 1950, as amended, Section(s) 22.1-78, 22.1-253.13:5
 

Adopted: May 20, 2008
Amended: September 3, 2013