Board Support Staff

Tools, resources, and information to help streamline board management.

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At the heart of every effective school board is the support staff, whose organizational skills and attention to detail are indispensable. We recognize the critical role you play in ensuring effective meeting preparation and management, maintaining comprehensive records, facilitating communication among board members, upholding compliance with governance standards, and providing dedicated support to the board. This resource hub is designed to support you in these vital tasks, offering tools, best practices, and guidance to ensure smooth and efficient board management.

Board Support Staff

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Board Support Staff Workshop

Thursday June 6, 2024 – Savannah, GA

Engage with specialists on pressing legal issues, parliamentary procedure, board management strategies, and a wealth of outstanding resources.

Learn more about GSBA's specific award categories

Award Categories

Governance Team of the Year

The Governance Team of the Year Award celebrates the exceptional board/superintendent team that exemplifies a deep commitment to advancing student achievement and bolstering community trust and support for public education.
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Leading Edge Awards

The Leading Edge Awards recognize school districts that are at the forefront of educational innovation, focusing on equipping students with skills to thrive in an increasingly competitive global market.
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Board Recognition Awards

The Board Recognition Awards, reflecting state standards for governance, is a three-tier program with Quality, Distinguished, and Exemplary levels, honoring boards excelling in effective governance and public education leadership.
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Beacon Awards

The Beacon Award acknowledges sustained, impactful reporting on public education, recognizing those who enhance public understanding of school issues and policies through mass media, with nominations approved by the board of education.
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Partnership Commendations

The Partnership Commendation Award is a prestigious recognition program designed for local boards to honor and celebrate businesses and organizations that actively support and enhance public education at the local level.
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Board Service Recognition

The Board Service Recognition program celebrates the dedication, achievements, and longevity of Georgia's school board members, acknowledging their commitment to effective governance and excellence in local school system management
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FAQs

GSBA honored 6 Quality, 6 Distinguished, and 67 Exemplary Boards in 2023. We celebrate the unwavering dedication of these school boards, who, through rigorous governance standards, create a thriving culture of success for students and their communities.

The FY25 catalog will be released in July 2024.

New Board Members (15 hours):

  • Whole Board Governance (3 hours): Team-based training within your district by a DOE-approved trainer.
  • Local District Orientation (3 hours): Includes 1 hour on local school finance, led by your superintendent.
  • New Board Member Orientation (9 hours): Features 5 hours of mandatory DOE Finance Training. Complete within the first year of service.

Veteran Board Members (9 hours):

  • Whole Board Governance (3 hours): Conducted with your team, requiring a DOE-approved trainer.
  • General Training (6 hours).

Board Member credit hours may be viewed in our profile system here.

Once you log in, access the people tab, then click on a board member’s name. Then click on the CEU tab and all their GSBA training will be listed there. If training was not provided by GSBA, it will not be listed here.

Your training report must be sent annually to the Georgia Department of Education.

DOE Annual Training Plan

This is a list of training your board members may plan to attend throughout the upcoming fiscal year (July 1, 2023 – June 30, 2024).

DOE Annual Training Report

This is a report of what training your board members received in the previous fiscal year (July 1, 2022 – June 30, 2023)

Both are due to the DOE (not GSBA) on September 30, 2023.

New Board Members (15 hours):

  • Whole Board Governance (3 hours): Team-based training within your district by a DOE-approved trainer.
  • Local District Orientation (3 hours): Includes 1 hour on local school finance, led by your superintendent.
  • New Board Member Orientation (9 hours): Features 5 hours of mandatory DOE Finance Training. Complete within the first year of service.

Veteran Board Members (9 hours):

  • Whole Board Governance (3 hours): Conducted with your team, requiring a DOE-approved trainer.
  • General Training (6 hours).

Yes, GSBA awards credit hours to new board members who attend a pre-conference workshop prior to being sworn in.

Yes, they can attend the November New Board Member Orientation and receive credit for participating. They may also attend the February New Board Member Orientation after they are sworn in.

No, board members only receive credit for attending the pre-conference workshops. They do not receive credit for attending the conference itself.

Please allow a few weeks after the conference for credits to be shown on board members’ profiles.

No, it does not. Whole Board Training is just with your governance team (superintendent and board members).

Yes, superintendents can attend New Board Member Orientation, Board Chair Workshops, and any other regional workshops GSBA hosts. They will pay the same registration fee as board members.

Superintendents do not receive credit hours for attending the workshops.

Yes, board members must complete all required training in their last year of service. Otherwise, the school board will not be in compliance with Georgia DoE rules.

Please email Ashley Mosby at amosby@gsba.com with the board member’s name and the workshop recording they viewed.

Your profile will only show credit hours obtained through GSBA workshops, conferences, or whole board governance training.

No, board members who attend COSSBA events do not receive credit. GADOE requirements state that all board training must be provided by a DOE-approved trainer.

No, board members who attend COSSBA events do not receive credit. GADOE requirements state that all board training must be provided by a DOE-approved trainer.

Courses are made manually available to board members after receiving the purchase order. However, the timing of the availability of the courses can vary depending on when the purchase was made.

Yes, GSBA has this information they can share with their members. Please contact ethompson@gsba.com to get this information.

Registration for GSBA events typically opens approximately 6 weeks prior to the event date.

No, GSBA offers New Board Member Orientation separate from our conferences. New Board Member Orientation takes place in November and February of each year*. (*dates subject to change).

All details relating to regional workshops may be found on the individual event registration pages on the GSBA Regional Workshops pages.

For any changes in staff or board members, please contact ethompson@gsba.com, our Database Administrator.

Changes to your profile may be made at any time.