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The Board Development Program was established in January 1990 by the Florida School Boards Association with the GOAL of assisting and supporting school boards in providing visionary leadership to meet the future challenges of education in Florida.
The Program is voluntary and is uniquely designed to serve the leadership developmental needs of the entire school board and to address the specific needs of individual school board members. It provides a broad range of educational opportunities and activities for both new and experienced school board members.
- Supports school boards as they focus on enhancement of student achievement;
- Assists school board members in developing a high level of boardsmanship skills and knowledge;
- Encourages school board members to take an active leadership role in education; and,
- Develops the ability of the school board members and superintendent to work effectively as a governance team.
The programs and distinctions available through the Board Development Program are listed below.
|Certified Board Member||Individual School Board Member|
|Master Board||Entire School Board|
|Certified Board||Entire School Board|
|Advanced Boardsmanship Certification||Individual School Board Member|
Technical assistance workshops on leadership skills are also available for school boards. Please contact Andrea Messina at the FSBA Office for details.
The Florida School Boards Association has a strong and active voice in local, state, and federal governmental affairs. FSBA has earned recognition as a firm and credible authority on education policy through ambitious programs and action platforms, engagement in successful advocacy activities, and the dedicated advocacy efforts of FSBA members and staff in addressing a myriad of education issues. The Association takes pride in keeping members well informed about education related news and events throughout the year.
The Florida School Labor Relations Service (FSLRS) was founded in 1976 as a joint venture of the Florida School Boards Association (FSBA) and the Florida Association of District School Superintendents (FADSS). FSLRS provides services to member Florida public school districts. The primary function of FSLRS is to consult with school district personnel and school board members in the area of employee and labor relations. Member school districts pay an annual fee for these services. In addition, FSBA and FADSS supplement the FSLRS budget for consulting services provided to those two associations. The following services are available to the member school districts.
- A Quarterly Report on salary and wage related issues. These reports may be accessed on the Florida Educational Negotiators website at www.flfen.org.
- Information is collected and disseminated on employee/labor relations issues.
- Assistance is offered to school districts in obtaining arbitrators and special masters.
- Workshops relating to employee/labor relations topics are provided upon request to school district staffs and school boards at no additional cost to the districts.
- Consultation by telephone is available.
- Practical advice is offered on the timely implementation of new legislative initiatives ( i.e., career ladder, administrator terminal pay and other personnel statutory changes).
- Proposed changes during the legislative session are monitored, and district personnel are informed and surveyed to assist in determining the impact on the local districts if said legislation is passed.
- Technical support and monetary assistance are provided to the Florida Educational Negotiators (FEN) in planning meetings and conducting the annual Spring Training Conference.
- FSLRS serves as the fiscal agent for FEN.
- FSLRS participates in providing the training for new superintendents and new school board members in the area of collective bargaining.
- Surveys are conducted at the request of individual school districts to assist them in making informed decisions.
The Florida School Boards Insurance Trust (FSBIT) was established in 1981 by FSBA for the purpose of self-insuring the property/casualty exposures of Florida school districts. This pooled self-insurance program is sponsored by FSBA and is funded by the participating districts.
The FSBA Risk Management Department primarily administers FSBIT, but also provides the services listed below to all school districts with membership in FSBA:
- Assists school districts with employee insurance benefits, property/casualty insurance programs, worker’s compensation, claims, and risk management;
- Monitors proposed legislation to determine the positive or negative impact on school districts;
- Informs school districts of statutory revisions regarding insurance issues;
- Provides claims processing services, excess insurance coverage, and risk management training and services;
- Prepares insurance surveys and reports;
- Responds to inquiries from school board members and school district personnel on insurance issues;
- Collects and distrutes materials on relevant risk management issues;
- Provides information on national and regional trends;
- Offers safety consultation, model compliance programs, and inspection and training services to school districts; and,
- Conducts onsite audits and completes reviews of school district facilities to assure accuracy of the district’s property values to minimize property insurance premiums.