Nevada Association of School Boards
The Nevada Association of School Boards is a full-qualified 501(c)(3) non-profit Nevada corporation.
President's Message — March 2019
Here is hoping everyone is off to a good start for March. We are now three weeks into the legislative session. I’d like to thank the Legislative Advisory Committee for all their hard work, particularly Kathryn Whitaker our legislative chair. I would also like to thank Jessica Ferrato, Paige Barnes, and Tim Crowley our public policy specialists, for their efforts at the legislature.
We have all heard the concept of “lifelong learning,” the idea being that we should never stop seeking more knowledge. In a world where many people change careers several times it can be a route to continuous success.
It is also a philosophy we should take advantage of as school trustees. There is always something new that we can learn to better serve our districts and students. Our NASB President Elect, Bridget Peterson, recently reminded me that education is continuously changing. Methodology, procedures, regulations, standards, and curriculum continue to evolve. It is important that we, as board members and citizens, continuously adapt and learn as we serve.
There are myriad sources of information available. Our state association provides excellent training at the annual meeting in November as well as at orientations and other trainings that take place periodically.
POOL/ PACT, an organization which provides services to most of Nevada’s districts, has training programs available. The National School Boards Association is an excellent source of information. I encourage everyone to attend at least one national convention during their term of office. You will have an opportunity to hear presenters unavailable to our state organization.
There are also innumerable sources of information online and in bound literature. I just started reading a book that explains how schools can break the intergenerational cycles of poverty that exist in our communities.
There is much we can learn from those who serve in the frontlines of education. I encourage you to spend time with teachers and administrators. Take the time to learn from a guidance counselor, school janitor, or maintenance technician. A bus driver, mechanic, or transportation supervisor can help you better understand the important and complicated work that goes into getting students to where they need to be.
And, of course, we can learn from each other. One of our school board members in Eureka is a retired county public works director. He is a tremendous source of knowledge on matters regarding infrastructure, construction, and maintenance. Another board member served as both a board and school secretary as well as classified union president. She is an invaluable source of information on those issues. Perhaps your board includes an attorney, accountant, business leader, engineer, or psychologist. All those skill sets are relatable to education. Those experiences, and many others can contribute to the expertise and efficacy of your board. Take advantage of them all.
Thanks for your efforts on behalf of Nevada’s children.