Workshops work for new board members

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Workshops work for new board members

ASBSD’s New School Board Member workshops had a successful return to the training schedule this year.


On hiatus for a year, nearly 50 new school board members joined ASBSD Leadership Development Director Dr. Randall Royer at workshops in Aberdeen, Rapid City and Sioux Falls.


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“The response from new board members in attendance was very positive,” Royer said. “We succeeded in exceeding the expectations of attendees and helped them better understand the many facets of being a school board member.”


The workshops focused on the subjects from GAVEL’s School Board Governance training and helped new school board members better understand their unique role in public education and public service.


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Royer said the subjects addressed in the workshops helped new board members “learn the ropes” of being a board member, better understand their role in collaborating with their superintendent and how to respond to district patrons and parents about issues in the school district.


Workshop attendees were also introduced to education law, policy making, the difference between governance and management, collective bargaining and board meeting procedures.


“ASBSD’s school board training, like the new board member workshops, helps board members better understand how their role in school governance can benefit their students,” Royer said.


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New school board members who were unable to attend the workshops can still complete the training for new school board members on ASBSD’s online training site, School Board U.


The online course offers a quick overview of responsibilities, expectations, and modes of operation of school board members. It also outlines the pitfalls of board membership and guides them to the proper means to improve student achievement and learning.


To register for the online course contact your district’s business manager. The cost is $50 per registrant.


If you have questions about School Board U or in-person training, please contact Royer at 605-773-2504 or

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