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The Alabama Association of School Boards is often adjusting to meet the changing and expanding needs of school boards in the modern-day world. The Board Business Blog features answers for and expert thought about the common questions today's school boards may have.

Help Desk: Can the board pay for incoming board members to attend training?

Yes, that's permissible.     

Your board doesn't have to let incoming board members miss out on important training just because they haven’t yet taken office. One of the best ways to ensure a smooth transition as new members come on-board is to make sure they get solid training early,.

Help Desk: If our school board became a charter school authorizer, what liability issues could that cause?

Don't be discouraged from becoming a charter school authorizer because of fears regarding liability.     

In its simplest terms, our charter schools act (the Alabama School Choice & Student Opportunity Act) says that if your school board assumes this duty, your board is expected to comply with the law. Therefore,.

Help Desk: Should our board have a formal induction program for new members?

You should definitely consider it.     


Many boards of education already have a formal induction program that allows new board members to get up to speed quickly on the way the board operates and specifics about the school system. This should be scheduled soon after the member's election.

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