Posted Date: 05/01/2018
DATE: March 23, 2018
FROM: USD 452, Stanton County Schools
SUBJECT: Board members complete new board member training
Chantry Scott, new board member
Matt Canny, new board member
Tyce McMillan, board mentor for new board members
These board members recently completed the Foundations of Boardsmanship training
offered by the Kansas Association of School Boards, Topeka, Kansas.
Dr. Brian Jordan, KASB assistant executive director for leadership services, said the
training gives new board members a strong foundation to begin building their skills as effective
“The training included an introduction to the fundamentals of serving on a board of
education and covering topics such as advocacy, finance, setting goals and priorities and
evaluating the superintendent. Also covered were legal topics, including open meetings and
executive sessions. The agenda also included an overview of the Kansas Education Systems
Accreditation (KESA) and other state and national education governance topics,” Jordan said.
Another critical part of the training is how to set goals and work through disagreements
to reach consensus.
“Top achieving districts have one thing in common – a board of education and district
leadership team that has clearly identified their priorities and remains focused on a vision for
the future of their students,” Jordan said.
Creating a board team takes time, Jordan said, and one of the best ways to prepare for
success is to have the new board member attend the workshop along with the superintendent,
board clerk, and a more seasoned board member who can serve as a mentor.
Also, attending the training from USD 452 was Superintendent, Kim Novack.