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Georgia law stipulates that school board members have an annual board development plan. GSBA has all of the resources available to assist boards in developing their plans and getting the required training.

GSBA's mission is to assist boards in achieving excellence in governance. We have developed numerous tools to do this. The newest is School Board U, an online professional development system designed with school board members in mind. Our evaluation and assessments tools help boards focus on areas they wish to strengthen. GSBA's new Awards and Recognitions program provides a structure for continuous improvement.

GSBA Provides the State's Only Comprehensive Board Development Program

Check out the GSBA FY14 Board Development Catalog available now by clicking here

Need Help Planning your Training Requirements? Click on the picture below to view the recorded video of the July 31 free webinar to learn about the new requirements.   

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The links in the left hand column above will guide boards and superintendents through the steps necessary to build an annual board development plan, information on GSBA's new Awards and Recognitions program, links to School Board U, and information on the annual and summer conferences. 

The following outlines what Georgia law requires as far as training:

New Board Members - Total of 15 hours of training
  • Local district orientation (one hour must focus on school finance) - 3 hours
  • School finance and budgeting (not including the hour in the local orientation - 5 hours
  • Coursework based on the state board's core curriculum aligned to the new state standards - 4 hours
  • Whole board governance team training (includes the superintendent) - 3 hours
Board Members With One or More Years of Service - Total of 9 hours
  • Coursework based on the state board's core curriculum aligned to the new state standards - 6 hours
  • Whole board governance team training (includes the superintendent) - 3 hours

GSBA has designed a board development program, approved by the state board, to meet all of the requirements.