Boards face a variety of governance challenges from school personnel management to policy leadership and much more. There is an established need for a greater understanding of the reasons for breakdowns in school board governance and how to avoid the causes in the future.
The Office of the Vice President, along with the directors of UGA public service and outreach units, identified school board governance as a research priority for 2014. Our first step in addressing this need was sponsoring the School Board Governance Symposium: Improving Schools through Board Governance in October 2013 to foster a greater understanding of the attributes of effective school board governance in Georgia.
This report of the symposium proceedings is intended to be a resource for school boards, superintendents, and those who work with school leaders. We hope that the speeches, articles, and other resources will inform training programs and help improve school board governance in Georgia.