New school board members are required to have 16 hours of training within one year of election

Kerry Burke and Scott Ball members of the Paris R-II School District Board of Education recently completed school board training sessions sponsored by the Missouri Association of Rural Education (MARE) held at the Palmyra R-1 School District, in Palmyra, Missouri.

With the enactment of Senate Bill 380, “The Outstanding Schools Act of 1993,” all newly elected/appointed school board members must complete at least 16 hours of orientation and training within one-year following their election/appointment.

Specific topics included in the training sessions were: Establishment of the Board and Responsibilities; The Effective Board Member; Public School Laws of Missouri; School Finance; Assessment of students and the local school district and District Long Range Planning.

Attendance at the sessions fulfills the required 16 hours of certification training. Training is only provided by organizations that have received approval by the State Board of Education. MARE annually provides training at several locations around the state.

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