How Does MCSBA Function?
Standing committees set the direction of the Association:
Board presidents and superintendents meet 4-5 times a year to govern MCSBA and approve its operating budget.
Officers, committee chairs, and others selected by the president advise staff on program, agenda, and financial matters.
One representative and one alternate from each district discuss current issues in education and plan 1-2 meetings for all MCSBA members.
One representative and one alternate from each district develop positions on labor issues, share information, and plan a meeting on labor issues for all MCSBA members.
One representative and one alternate from each district review legislation, develop position papers, contact legislators, and educate other MCSBA members on current issues. The group annually sponsors one meeting for all MCSBA members, two functions for legislators, and one trip to Albany for meetings with our county's delegation to the NYS Legislature.
Advisory committees support our leadership in the following ways:
Officers and others with communications expertise identify issues and develop strategies to educate the wider community about them.
Officers, Legislative Committee Co-Chairs, and others from the Steering Committee meet with our representative to the NYS Board of Regents.
Other group contributions:
Ad hoc committees deal with short-term issues such as:
- Sales tax distribution
- Promoting public education
- Developing a mission for MCSBA
- Organizing the Association
- Reviewing and updating by-laws
Local school board presidents meet 4–5 times per year to discuss issues of common interest. These meetings have no prior agenda.
Local district personnel managers meet every month to discuss labor issues.
Board presidents, superintendents, and negotiators meet as needed during periods of active negotiations to update one another on issues and progress.
The staff supports the efforts of members in the following ways:
- Facilitating the work of all committees
- Facilitating board retreats and workshops
- Making arrangements for all meetings
- Keeping members current on issues
- Providing research assistance
- Maintaining regular contact with elected officials, agencies, and the media