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The Secrets of School Board Success : Practical Tips for Board Members :  Practical Tips for Board Members - Lynn Hamilton

The Secrets of School Board Success : Practical Tips for Board Members

Practical Tips for Board Members

Hardcover Published: October 2007
ISBN: 9781578867141
Number Of Pages: 129

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The Secrets of School Board Success offers practical suggestions for effective service on a public school board. The ideas presented in this book are based on Lynn Hamilton's 15-year career as a local school board member. Board members and administrators alike will relate to the real-life problems that the author describes.

Having stepped down after 15 years of school board service, Lynn Hamilton uses his experience and perspective to provide fellow board members and administrators with practical and engaging insight into the world of school governance. The Secrets of School Board Success is not the work of an academic; rather, it is a hands-on guide that educators can both use and enjoy. -- Glenn Cook, editor-in-chief, American School Board Journal
Lynn Hamilton came on board as a student and left as a statesman of school boardmanship. I cannot think of anyone better qualified who could and should write a book about this unique kind of public service. -- Marty Moore, board member, North Little Rock School District
Lynn served many terms on the North Little Rock School Board and was a model board member. Always prepared and rarely absent, Lynn was a quietly reasonable voice on the board. During a threatened teacher strike, his calm manner and workable ideas averted the strike. Schools boards everywhere could use more board members like Lynn. -- Debra K. Roberts, former school board member, North Little Rock
Lynn Hamilton possessed the ability to listen while helping lead our school district with professionalism and decorum. He was our board's voice of reason, keeping all shareholders in mind (students, teachers, staff, and community) as decisions were made and visions were developed. He was approachable and genuinely interested in our shared efforts to improve the quality of education in the district. Integrity and composure were his trademarks. -- Mary Beth Cox, teacher, North Little Rock High School
As a school board member, Lynn Hamilton's intelligent and commonsense approach to board matters allowed him to calm volitile situations and retain the respect of all involved. He was a consenus builder who listened with an open mind to patron and employee concerns while retaining the ability to make the tough decisions. He truly cared about students and thoroughly enjoyed serving the schools. -- James R. Smith, superintendent, North Little Rock, Arkansas Public Schools, 1989-2004

Introductionp. V
The Secrets to Becoming a Successful School Board Member
The Importance of Intentionally Building Positive Relationshipsp. 3
Why Would Anyone Want to Be a School Board Member?p. 7
Personal Characteristics of Successful School Board Membersp. 12
The Superintendent: A Board Member's Most Important Relationshipp. 16
Bonding with Fellow Board Membersp. 25
Productive Relationships with School District Employeesp. 29
Creating a Positive Relationship with the Publicp. 33
Effective School Board Meetingsp. 38
Continual Growth and Learningp. 44
The Top Ten Secrets of a Successful School Board Memberp. 47
Learning the Secrets of School Board Success the Hard Way
My First Political Campaign, My First Political Defeat (1986)p. 53
Redemption! A Winning School Board Campaign (1988)p. 59
A Tumultuous First Year (1988-1989)p. 68
Finishing My First Term with a Fizzle (1989-1990 and 1990-1991)p. 85
My School Board Dark Ages (1991-1994)p. 95
My School Board Renaissance (1994-1997)p. 102
A Resolution to Conflict with the Teachers' Union (1997-2000)p. 109
Ending on a High Note (2000-2003)p. 117
Historical Note and Timelinep. 121
About the Authorp. 129
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ISBN: 9781578867141
ISBN-10: 1578867142
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 129
Published: October 2007
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.12 x 14.63  x 1.63
Weight (kg): 0.29