6 California school n ews August 2017 governance Nominate members for CSBA Board of Directors Nominations for CSBA Directors-at-Large African American, American Indian and County are being accepted through Friday, Sept. 29. Directors-at-Large and Regional Directors shape policy and set organizational direction for the association. As part of the Board of Directors, they are also responsible for oversight of CSBA’s corporate functions, including programs, products and budget. The Board of Directors also provides insight on the impact of legislation and state policy on local boards. The Board consists of four officers, 21 regional directors from across the state, five directors-at-large, the California County Boards of Education president and any California board member serving on the National School Boards Association Board of Directors. The Delegate Assembly elects directors to serve a two-year term beginning imme-diately upon the close of the Annual Education Conference and Trade Show in December. More information on the election process is available on the CSBA website at www.csba.org/ElectBOD. Nominations for Regional Directors from CSBA odd-numbered regions are also due by Friday, Sept. 29. The nominations for Directors-at-Large must be made by a CSBA member board and the nominee must be a board member from a CSBA member district or county office of education. Only a CSBA member County Board of Education may submit nominations for the Director-at-Large, County seat. The nominations for Regional Director must be made by a CSBA Delegate from the respective region. Governance Corner Practical tips from our MIG faculty This new feature in California School News provides useful tips to help your district or county office board fulfill its governance responsibilities. Many districts and county offices are preparing for elections later this fall and seek guidance from CSBA on how to better inform the candidates who have filed to run. CSBA’s Masters in Governance faculty has put together some ideas on how to make this process as effective as possible: 1. Host a candidate information session, providing an overview of the following: » School board roles and responsibilities » District operations, the departments and their functions » Key issues that may impact the district in the future » How board meetings work and how decisions are made 2. Provide reliable information. Consider making these items available to all candidates: » CSBA’s School Board Leadership Brochure » CSBA’s Professional Governance Standards » Your district’s Board Bylaws on The Role of the Board (BB 9000) and Limits of Board Member Authority (BB 9200) » A packet of information about your district and how it works Often candidates and new trustees are very surprised to learn what they can and cannot do as board members. 3. Encourage candidates to attend public board meetings, so that they can better acclimate to the decision-making process. 4. Keep it fair: Board candidates should have the same access as members of the public to district staff and information. Many districts have found that the orientation process facilitates the building of a new, effective gover-nance team once the election results are final and the new board is seated.