BOARD MEMBER ORIENTATION SERVICES
Individual Board members provide a vital public service to the school
district by serving on a Board that is confronted by a dynamic array of issues
challenging public education on the local, state and national levels.
It is in the best interests of the students and communities served by
the District that Board members be provided with ongoing development
opportunities on local, regional, state and national levels. Board members are
encouraged to participate in development programs at District expense whenever
the program reasonably appears to be beneficial to the District's operations,
and the Board approves the expenditure in advance.
Board members, the Superintendent, and the Secretary will assist each
newly-elected or appointed Board member to understand the Board's functions,
policies and procedures. New members are encouraged to attend workshops
designed specifically for the orientation of new members.
New members should seek orientation on the following areas:
School-Community Relationships and General Responsibilities.
Explanations of: (a) how Board meetings are conducted (notices, agendas,
motions, seconds, minutes, petitions, complaint procedures, etc.); (b) the
management structure of the District; (c) the Board's development activities;
(d) the District's public relations program; (e) services and activities of
various groups and unions; (f) Board policies and critical administrative
rules and regulations.
School Finance and Programs.
Explanations of: (a) Iowa's school foundation plan; (b) the District's budget;
(c) the District's enrollment trends; (d) recent scope and history of local
tax levies; (e) outstanding indebtedness of the District; (f) the funding
process for area education agencies; (g) approval and accrediting standards as
required by state law and implemented by the Iowa Department of Education and
of the North Central Associations; (h) the District's overall educational and
activities program, needs assessments, and evaluations; (i) the educational
organization, including student groupings, shared services, etc.; (j)
student achievement and testing; (k) programs for special needs students; (l)
teacher-pupil ratios and class sizes; (m) the number, age and condition of
facilities, equipment, instructional and media materials; (n) AEA services;
(o) the District's meal programs.
Explanations of: (a) staff and recruitment patterns; (b) salary schedules,
wages, and fringe benefits; (c) collective bargaining history; (d) the Board's
role in employee contracting, evaluation and dismissal; (e) evaluation
criteria and procedures; (f) staffing patterns; (g) affirmative action plans.
District Facilities and Transportation.
Explanations of: (a) the number, location, boundaries, age, and conditions of
District facilities; (b) maintenance programs; (c) the District's
Date of Revision: November 23, 1992
Legal References: 279.8, 279.32, 279.38A, Code of
URBANDALE COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT BOARD OF DIRECTORS