Board Development Online

KASB Board Development Online

Board Development

The Leadership Services team has over 150 years of combined experience in public education.  Board development sessions are designed to be interactive, to get board members engaged with the topic and with one another.  The topics listed below are common topics covered, but board development sessions can be fully customized to meet your board of education needs.

Roles and Relationships

Defining the role of the superintendent and the board related to governing the school district.  The seven powers of the school board are the focus of the discussion -- such as policy, directing the superintendent and budget.

Related Video:  7 Powers of School Boards

Resource:  Board and Superintendent Relationship Principles

Foundations of Board Governance

A package of the various relationships that commonly occur in the course of the superintendent and the board governing the school district. Items like surprises, decision-making, press relations, and superintendent evaluation are covered. Superintendent do/don't and board member do/don't issues are covered.

Related Video:  Governance Model

Related Video:  Key Work of the Board


The importance of communication between the superintendent, board and community are covered.

Related Video:  Handling Patron Concerns

Related Video:  Conducting Public Forum at School Board Meeting

"What Matters Most" Framework

The focus is on McREL's research report, which identifies areas of systems that must be addressed for productive change. The role of the board being engaged in the improvement of instruction under the leadership of the superintendent is highlighted.

Effective Board Meetings

Resources used include KASB "School Board President's Handbook" and the NSBA "Key Work for School Boards." Both publications provide information to both individual board members and the board as a whole on becoming more effective.

Related Video:  9 Questions About The Board's Focus

Related Video:  Public Fourms

Expectation Setting

Every year the superintendent and the board should sit down, in some sort of a formal setting, and, together, decide the AGENDA FOR THE YEAR. A decision of what the superintendent is expected to do and what the board is expected to do is made. Outlining these expectations early in the year greatly reduces any confusion related to the board’s focus, and superintendent’s areas of focus. This exercise is especially important for a district that has a new superintendent.

Superintendent Evaluation

The only person in the school district the board evaluates is the superintendent and this should be done through a transparent on-going process on an annual basis. The focus of the session is on what, how, when, and why as it relates to the evaluation of the superintendent.

Resources:  Superintendent Evaluation Checklist ,  Superintendent Evaluation Cycle and Reminders

Board/Superintendent Relations

From time to time the relationship between the board and superintendent requires "outside assistance" to resolve differences of opinion related to duties, behaviors or actions. Staff will come to the district and facilitate a work session that can be helpful in resolving these differences. If serious differences of opinion on the part of the superintendent and the board are allowed to fester, the school district and its mission to improve student achievement will suffer.

Resources:  BOE Member Do's and Don't

New Board Member Resources

Recommended Orientation Plan

Key Resources

Information referenced in the Recommended Orientation Plan can be found in the following resources:

Handbook - KASB Guide to Boardsmanship
Handbook - KASB Kansas Open Meetings Act

To access online versions of these and other KASB Handbooks, log in to the KASB Member Portal and click on "Member Resources."
Member Portal Quick Start Guide

Spring Regional Roundtable Discussions



  • 5 p.m. Registration
  • 5:30-8:30 p.m. Roundtable and Meal

Dates and Locations

  • 03.30.20 – Stafford
  • 03.30.20 – Hiawatha
  • 04.01.20 – Sublette
  • 04.01.20 – Topeka KASB
  • 04.02.20 – Colby
  • 04.07.20 – McPherson
  • 04.07.20 – Girard Greenbush
  • 04.08.20 – Beloit Tech College
  • 04.08.20 – Haysville
  • 04.09.20 – Olathe

Click HERE to register

Executive Sessions

Join Dr. Brian Jordan, KASB Assistant Executive Director Leadership Services and Angie Stallbaumer KASB Lead Attorney for a 20 minutes conversation about Kansas School Boards, the Kansas Open Meetings Act  and Executive Sessions.

Setting Your Board Agenda for Student Success

Brian Jordan and Angie Stallbaumer discuss the requirements and process for setting agendas, scheduling special meetings and some best practices for a successful process working towards the success of all students.

Social Media Savvy Board Members

Carol Pitts and Angie Stallbaumer offer tips and advice to effectively use social media as a board member without falling into some traps.

Cultural Proficiency

Craig Wilford, KASB Leadership Services Field Specialist, brings additional perspective to Cultural Proficiency. (Recorded May 17, 2019)

This information is provided by KASB to our members as a resource on governance topics. The contents of KASB Board Development Online are intended to convey general information only and not to provide legal advice or opinions. Contact a KASB Attorney for advice on specific legal issues.