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Preface

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By GSBA Executive Director (2006) Jeannie M. (Sis) Henry

 

The Georgia School Boards Association (GSBA) is pleased to provide “A Guide to Effective Boardsmanship,” what we consider a revision of “What School Board Members Must Know” that is most commonly referred to as the “black book.” Last published in 1996, that handbook has served school board members, superintendents and others well over the years. We have known for some time, however, that an update was sorely needed.

 

Because GSBA is entrenched in best practices, effective use of technology, and, most importantly, our mission to ensure excellence in the governance of local school systems, our aim was to create a resource that would serve the needs of those who want the printed documentation, but also face the reality that printed information becomes dated. To do this, we have created GSBA eBoardsmanship, which is the online companion to this handbook. GSBA eBoardsmanship will provide the same general information as the printed information, but users will be linked to sites, samples and more. GSBA will be able to keep the information more current. Our members and any visitors to our website will be able to fully search the eBoardsmanship site for valuable information on best practices on being a more effective board member. Throughout this book, you will see a symbol for the online version – GSBA eBoardsmanship – that is your signal to seek additional information there. 

 

Since 1951, GSBA has served Georgia’s educational community, bringing professional development programs, premier conferences, eSolutions technology services, risk management services, communications and publications services, and GSBA advocates for public education and lay control of public education throughout the year in a variety of ways.

 

Please visit our website (www.gsba.com) to stay current on the many offerings that membership in GSBA brings to school boards in Georgia. We would love to hear from you about this new resource. We hope you find it helpful.

 

Thank you for all you do for the children in our schools.

 

 

Jeannie M. (Sis) Henry
GSBA Executive Director