makes. If the board’s processes do not generate the respect
and appreciation they deserve, not all board members will
consider themselves accountable for board decisions. The
result is a weaker organization.
The bottom line is this: Boards that focus on the primary
work of the board and build a culture of trust and respect
will find themselves doing powerful work. The diversity of
perspectives around the board table — which is so helpful
— will come together in a unity of purpose, propelling the
organization toward its mission and enhancing the lives of all
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Cathy Talbert is associate executive director, field services and policy services,
at the Illinois Association of School Boards. John Cassel is director, field services. Talbert may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org and Cassel at
Case Study: Illinois Association of School Boards, Field Services
In many ways, association boards
are a lot like local school boards.
One task of every school board is to
determine exactly how much money
the local community should invest in
public education. It’s not surprising
that in today’s world, some board
members get elected with the sole
agenda of dramatically limiting district expenditures.
This can be a ready-made recipe
for conflict. Typically, all board
members profess commitment to
fiscal responsibility. However, most
seated board members are looking
to balance a variety of commitments
and values. It’s one way to think
about the work of a school board:
Its job is finding the right balance
between educational excellence,
community needs and fiscal respon-
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