All city and county school board members in Alabama must meet training requirements, which are outlined in the Governance Act.
* Appointed board members who take office in June are exempt from earning 6 training hours by June 30 of that same year, since they will have less than one month to earn those hours.
* Board members in office before 2013 have credit for orientation if they have taken it with AASB prior to 2013. Members who have been re-elected since 2013 and have NOT previously taken orientation must take it when they start a new term.
Whole Board Interactive Training (“Whole Board Training")
The state requires 2 hours of whole board training per year for board-superintendent teams, but more importantly, research says school boards are more effective when all members of a school board learn together as a team. An annual whole board training session allows the board-superintendent team to come together and focus on a particular area of need, discuss the school system’s specific situation, ask questions and develop plans for improving performance.
Whole Board Training must be:
AASB encourages each board to be proactive in determining your training focus each year. Your annual whole board training is an opportunity for your board
to focus its attention on an area you feel will help your school system grow. Treating your training as a meaningful opportunity for growth, rather
than simply “checking a box”, means that your board will reap more reward from the training.
Failure to Complete Your Training Requirements
The state superintendent of education has the authority to sanction individual board members who fail to meet their annual training requirements.