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Mission, Vision, & Standards

Mission
Provide leadership and services to local school boards for the benefit of students and for the advocacy of public education.

Vision
Trustee leadership for excellence in Idaho public education.

The Standards of the Idaho School Boards Association

ISBA Member Services

Our mission is to provide leadership and services to local school boards for the benefit of students and for the advocacy of public education.

ISBA Membership: The Value & Benefits is a detailed PDF that outlines all of ISBA's services.

ISBA Membership: Value & Benefits for Charter Schools is a detailed PDF that outlines all of ISBA's services specifically for charter schools.


Insurance


Property & Liability
Protect your schools and reduce your costs by participating in a program specifically designed for Idaho school districts. 90% of Idaho school districts are now enrolled and over the past 10 years they have received over $6 million in dividends.

Automobile & Homeowner
The ISBA Auto & Homeowner Insurance Program offers insurance options to school employees and board members through this group program. School employees can have their insurance coverage directly withdrawn from their paychecks. This is a great opportunity for your employees as well as an opportunity to help you, as a board member, potentially receive insurance coverage more conveniently and less expensively.

Travel
Every ISBA school board member is covered with $50,000 additional life insurance in case of an accident during district-related travel.


Policy Services


Policy Update Service
A primary function of ISBA is to support and improve policy-making by Idaho’s public school boards. The Policy Services staff provide reliable, authoritative policy assistance and information to help school boards draft and maintain policies. ISBA Policy Staff help schools update their policies based upon changes in legislation. Over 85 Idaho school districts and 14 charter schools are currently members of the Policy Update Service. In addition, several districts have contracted our services for a custom re-write of their policy manual.

Publications


SLATE
Published four times a year, it provides an in-depth perspective of issues all board members need to understand and offers a quick summary of current news and upcoming activities.

Capitol Notes
Capitol Notes is a weekly e-newsletter posted on our website and distributed through the ISBA Voice during the legislative session.

Education Directory
An essential tool for school district trustees, charter school board members, superintendents, clerks, business managers, and other education stakeholders. The Education Directory includes a complete list of contact information. (Document is password protected. Contact ISBA if you do not know the password.)

The ISBA Voice
The ISBA Voice is a weekly e-newsletter emailed to members providing up-to-date information on legislation, events, educational issues, and much more.

Policy Update News
Published in the SLATE to keep members apprised of current policy changes.

Board Chair Handbook
This Handbook was created as a guide to give board chairs the tools necessary to provide effective leadership for the board. This Handbook discusses a variety of topics, including governance and policy, board meeting guidelines, law and process on expulsion, budgeting, negotiations, and more.

Clerk's Manual
The ISBA Clerk's Manual was created to assist board clerks, and discusses a variety of topics, including employment forms, contracts, levies, special meetings, meeting notices, oaths, elections, meeting minutes, and much more. Updates to a few of the forms and documents are still underway. Notes on these items indicate that further information will be added to these sections soon. (Document is password protected. Contact ISBA if you do not know the password.)

ISBA Job Descriptions Manual
Having a resource for model job descriptions is a great benefit. From principal to custodian, the ISBA Job Descriptions Manual provides qualifications, reporting structures, job goals, scope of responsibilities and more for the many jobs in your school district or charter school. Simply customize each sample description to meet your needs. Learn more.


Labor Relations


ISBA Job Center
The ISBA has created the ISBA Job Center to provide districts the opportunity to post job openings to reach the greatest audience possible. The fee to post a job is minimal and there are several options for districts to choose from to help promote the openings.

Salary Schedule
Each year, ISBA compiles salary schedule information from Idaho school districts and creates the Salary Schedule. The Salary Schedule is offered in electronic format to all district members as part of their membership dues. (Must be logged in to access.)

Negotiations Service
New for 2014! To assist your district in meeting the challenges brought about by labor negotiations and labor relations in general, ISBA staff offers negotiation services. View flyer.

Negotiation Questions & Answers
ISBA receives countless emails and phone calls requesting information on negotiations and how to comply with the law throughout the negotiation process. During this time, ISBA chooses a question a week and sends the question and answer to all membership by email so that everyone can learn from this important advice.


Legal Services


ISBA provides four (4) hours of legal services per member district or charter school per fiscal year. This block of prepaid legal time allows members to utilize ISBA’s legal services for complicated legal questions or other services such as policy and/or contract drafting or review or negotiations advice. Members are able to allocate their legal time as they see fit and without regard to topic. By getting accurate legal advice upfront, ISBA members can often avoid costly litigations down the road.


Government Affairs & Legislative Advocacy


ISBA Legislative Services staff works with legislators, State Board of Education, State Department of Education, and the Governor’s office, as well as other education stakeholders in developing education legislation as directed by the membership, and opposing bills that restrict local control of schools. To advocate for school districts, the ISBA staff and Governmental Affairs Committee are involved in day-to-day activities at the Legislature.


Superintendent Search


The ISBA understands the choice of a superintendent is one of the most important decisions the board will make. ISBA offers professional services to school boards seeking to fill a superintendent vacancy. This Superintendent Search Service works with the district to customize the process to meet district and community needs. ISBA staff will handle the details and present the board with options to consider in filling the superintendent position.

This service includes any or all of the following: promote the position opening nationwide, provide the board with sample interview questions, assist the board with the interview process, conduct background checks, and/or mentor the new superintendent for the first year to assist in a smooth and effective transition with the district.

Read more about our Superintendent Search Service.


Events


Annual Convention
The ISBA Annual Convention is a valuable professional development opportunity for boards, superintendents, and clerks. In addition, the ISBA Business Session is your school boards’ opportunity to vote on the policy issues that will comprise ISBA’s legislative agenda for the upcoming year.

Region Meetings
Each fall, ISBA’s regions hold meetings to share ideas, report on current developments, discuss legislative advocacy, and more. These meetings provide board members and district leadership an opportunity to learn from their colleagues and share with others in their region.

Day on the Hill
Day on the Hill is an annual event held in February is an important way for trustees and others to visit with their local legislators about education-related issues. Additionally, ISBA leadership presents testimony to the House and Senate Education Committees.

Summer Leadership Institute
The Summer Leadership Institute is offered to all ISBA members. This is a great learning opportunity for new and experienced board members as well as the district leadership team. Workshops include training in roles and responsibilities, board ethics, effective meetings, school finance, board policy, and more.


Board Training


Regular Training Modules
There are over 30 training modules that address the five standards of Boardmanship. These modules are offered as two or four hour workshops. They include topics such as open meeting law, superintendent evaluations, conflict management, patron input and much more.

New Free Governance Module
This two hour training covers roles and responsibilities, finance, policy, effective meetings, effective boards, superintendent evaluations, and ISBA and its resources and will now be delivered in each region annually.

Custom Modules
We work with districts to present new and innovative trainings, customized on an individual district basis. Some of these modules include: strategic planning, board retreats, setting board goals, and board superintendent teams. Call us to help you plan for specific areas of training to move your board to a highly effective governance team!

Board Continuing Education Program
This service provides boards with a continuing education plan to use at board meetings throughout the year through articles, webinars, and mini-modules on current Board Selected topics.

New Board Member Packet
The Board Member Packets includes articles, books, handouts, forms, webinars, and regularly scheduled contact with an ISBA trainer during the first six months of service.

Mini Modules
A subscription service as part of the Board Continuing Education Program that includes a wide variety of trainings designed to be self-directed learning or as trainings done in the board room by the board members.

10 Minute Trainers
A brief overview of a topic important to ongoing work of the board and are available through the ISBA website.

Go to the Board Development & Training page for more information.


Other Benefits


Ask ISBA
ISBA staff receives questions from trustees, superintendents, and clerks on a variety of topics. To help others learn from these questions and answers, ISBA offers the Ask ISBA service on its website. Members can send their question through the website to be answered or review a catalog of questions and answers – this service is offered free to members and is available 24 hours a day.

Access to Auto Email Lists
ISBA has created the regional email lists to provide an additional tool for communication with the colleagues in your region. List serves are available to trustees, superintendents, clerks, and business managers in each of ISBA’s eight regions.

Services with ISBA Business Partners & Affiliates
ISBA’s Business Partners and Affiliates have proven their unwavering support of education and Idaho school boards by partnering with ISBA. These companies provide phenomenal services and products to assist Idaho’s schools. Many of these companies offer exclusive prices for ISBA members.