7100 - Board Member Education

Policy 7100 Board Member Education title box

It is the policy of the Southwest Vermont Supervisory Union, Bennington School District, Inc., Mount Anthony Union School District, North Bennington Graded School District, Pownal School District, Shaftsbury School District, and Woodford School District to encourage and support board members’ efforts to remain knowledgeable about their roles and the issues with which they deal.


Individual board members can take advantage of opportunities to understand their roles, educational issues in general, school programs, State Agency of Education functions and legislative activities. The superintendent and SVSU board chair will be responsible for assuring leadership development opportunities are available to all members. New members can participate in a district orientation session and other opportunities designed to familiarize themselves with all aspects of board operation.

Members who take part in workshops and seminars offered by the Vermont School Boards Association and other organizations will be reimbursed for travel and other expenses related to participation in training activities, provided prior approval is obtained from the board and funds for these purposes are available.
Particular attention will be given to board goals and performance in the following areas:
  • Policy making/Implementation
  • Community relations
  • Board interpersonal communication skills
  • Board-Superintendent relations
  • Fiscal/budget management
  • The instructional program
  • Labor relations
  • Board in-service training
  • Government relations
  • Ethical and legal requirements
  • Diversity and equity awareness
Dates of warning and adoption by SVSU districts