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Administration/Board Member Relationships: Tips and Tools for Preserving the Positive, Rehabilitating the Negative, and Preventing Total Collapse
Erin D. Gilsbach

Atty. Gilsbach offers insight into how such tensions occur and preventative measures that can be taken to avoid them. She focuses on strategies and tools that can be used to strengthen the relationship between administrators and school boards, and she provides information regarding the legal, financial, and operational toll that poor administration/board relations can have on an educational system.

Price: $299.00
Administration/Board Member Relationships: Tips and Tools for Preserving the Positive

This past June, the media reported that a shouting match erupted between the superintendent of the Jersey City Schools and the president of the Jersey City school board after the board voted to not renew the contracts of eight school officials, including the HR director and school attorney, with less than 48 hours’ notice. Near Baltimore, the Howard County Public School System has been engaged for over a year in a feud between its board members and administration, which involved (among many other things) board members campaigning on a platform opposing the then-current superintendent, a lawsuit filed by the superintendent against the board for usurping her authority, a settlement in which the superintendent agreed to step down in favor of a job within the MD Department of Education, and ongoing lawsuits filed against the board by a number of other members of the district’s administration. In Lehighton, Pennsylvania, the personal attorney of a school board member has threatened legal action after the school board recently voted 5-4 to ban the board member from setting foot in the district’s high school or administration building for one year. In its action, the board cited concerns regarding the board member’s behavior towards school employees, as documented in a formal investigation report by the school's superintendent, some of which involved the handling of the board member’s personal right-to-know requests. These are only some of the many examples of administration/school board relationship issues that deeply affect the communities and students that they serve.

How do such adversarial relationships begin? What can administrators and board members do to foster good relationships and prevent (or come back from) this type of spiraling negativity? In this webinar, nationally-recognized school law attorney Erin D. Gilsbach examines the administration/school board relationship and the common issues and pitfalls that can lead to a breakdown in school leadership on both sides. Through the examination of these and other cases, Atty. Gilsbach offers insight into how such tensions occur and preventative measures that can be taken to avoid them. She focuses on strategies and tools that can be used to strengthen the relationship between administrators and school boards, and she provides information regarding the legal, financial, and operational toll that poor administration/board relations can have on an educational system. She concludes the session with a discussion of the importance of preserving and strengthening good administration/board relationships and practical tips for both administrators and board members on how this can be accomplished.

WHAT YOU’LL LEARN

Just a sampling of what this webinar will cover:

  • Real-life cases involving a breakdown in the administration/school board relationship and their legal, financial, and educational consequences
  • Common issues and pitfalls that can lead to a breakdown in school leadership on both sides
  • Preventative measures that can be taken to avoid significant relationship-related governance issues
  • Strategies to assist school leaders and board members currently engaged in a struggle
  • Tips and tools for administrators and board members aimed at preserving and strengthening good relationships and ensuring positive outcomes in the future
  • AND MUCH MORE!
Price: $299.00

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Erin Gilsbach

WHAT'S INCLUDED

  • Access your training anywhere, with a computer, tablet or smartphone.
  • Engaging and up-to-date training to support your career and your organization.
  • Handouts you can distribute to your board and staff.