Who's in Charge? A Guide for Board of Education Chairs

A startling revelation comes to most new Board of Education members soon after taking office. No matter how much you looked into board service before you agreed to run, you probably found that it was very different from what you had imagined. As you learn you leadership role on the board you go through several transitions, growing and learning as your leadership skills evolve. 

This CABE publication attempts to assist the board chair by discussing some of the issues commonly faced by board chairs. We believe it will also help other board members better understand their roles and their relationship with their chair. 

This guidebook was prepared as a reference for you, the board chair, or other member of the board who aspire to serve in that capacity in the future. We've written it so that you can read it cover to cover, or pick out specific areas of concern as they arise. We hope that it helps to enhance your board leadership role; helping you help the rest of the board to achieve great things for your district. 

This Guide is meant to serve as the basis of your work as a board chair. If you have further questions, call CABE or your local school district attorney. 

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