Ashland School Board Information and Frequently Asked Questions Are there legal requirements to be a school board member?
Yes. You must be a registered voter and have been a resident of the Ashland school district for at least a year. You may not be a paid district employee.
What are the responsibilities of a school board member in Ashland?
How long will this appointment last?
- Attend two public meetings per month. One is the regular meeting (televised) and the other is a work session, where board members learn about topics in the district and complete background work on other issues. Sometimes, additional work sessions are scheduled if necessary.
- The board holds one retreat per year, to spend focused time with the superintendent and plan for the coming year. This year, the retreat will be held on August 1-2 (location TBD). It is strongly recommended that all board members attend this retreat.
- Attend periodic meetings with the superintendent.
- Work on committees that target particular topics. Typically this work entails committee meetings and additional reading or data gathering.
- Attend the occasional conference in the summer or fall to keep up to speed with important issues, as well as the school board retreat.
This appointment will last until July 2019. The May 2019 regular school board election will determine who fills the seat beginning in July.
What does the school board actually do?
The school board performs certain functions required by state law. Here are some highlights.
How much time is required to be a school board member?
- The school board sets goals for the district and establishes a vision for student achievement.
- The school board writes policy that guides the district. All board policy is available on the district website, www.ashland.k12.or.us.
- The school board provides oversight for the budget and other areas as required by law. The school board must annually approve the district budget.
- The school board hires and evaluates the superintendent. This is the board’s only employee, and the superintendent is specifically empowered to manage the daily operations (including personnel) for the rest of the district.
- Occasionally, the school board acts as a “court of appeals”, to hear concerns or complaints that have not been resolved at lower levels.
The amount of time required varies from month to month. Each month requires reading the board packet to prepare for the regular meeting. Budget season (April/May) tends to be busier, as the board and budget committee prepare for next year’s budget. Current school board members report around five hours per week when the board is not busy.
Do new board members receive any kind of training to help get started?
Yes! Many resources are in place to help get new members up to speed with the work of the board and learning about the board’s role and responsibilities.
What is the salary of a school board member?
The only compensation for a school board member is the knowledge that you are performing a vital function for our community!
How can I learn more about being a school board member?
Come to the board’s casual Q&A on June 26 and/or July 10. Or contact a current board member to learn more. Our email addresses are on the district website, www.ashland.k12.or.us.
When will the school board make a decision?
The board will vote to appoint a person to fill the vacancy on July 19, 2017.
Informal School Board Q & A for anyone interested
- June 26, 2017 at 7:00 PM at the Ashland School District office
(885 Siskiyou Blvd.)
Interviews for all applicants to the board
- July 10, 2017 at 6:00 PM at the Ashland City Council Chambers, before the regular board meeting begins at 7PM.
(1155 East Main St.)
- July 17, 2017 beginning at 1:00 PM at the Ashland School District office (885 Siskiyou Blvd.)
Note: if you can’t make this interview date, please let us know so that we can make other arrangements.