Dedicated, informed school board members are basic to school improvement and success. This practical book explains the role of the board member, from election to taking office. Potential board members are introduced to timely issues they are likely to face, including school violence, high-stake testing, curriculum reform, and school choice. In addition to an overview of issues, Hayes examines the relational aspect of the job—working with the superintendent, school employees, and the community. All superintendents should buy this book for potential board members, and the readable style will attract anyone interested in the job.
Hayes captures a surprising amount of material that I would consider important for a school board member to learn...I recommend reading So You Want To Be a School Board Member? as part of the due-diligence preparation for anyone thinking about making that all-important decision to serve.
Chapter 1 Making the Decision Chapter 2 A Board Member's Personal Life Chapter 3 Looking Ahead Chapter 4 What Makes a Good School? Chapter 5 Working with the Community Chapter 6 Effective and Ethical School Boards Chapter 7 Budget and Bond Issues Chapter 8 Board Relationships with Other School Employees Chapter 9 The Relationship Between Board Members and the Superintendent Chapter 10 Choosing a Superintendent Chapter 11 The Issues Chapter 12 Preparing to Take Office Chapter 13 Becoming a Board Member Chapter 14 The Role of the Board of Education Chapter 15 Acknowledgements Chapter 16 Preface