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Resolutions Discussed and Voted on During 2015 Delegate Assembly

Stacy Bogard

By Stacy Bogard, CAE, MASB Assistant Director of Communications, PR & Marketing

DashBoard, Oct. 28, 2015

It was a full house for the Delegate Assembly held Thursday, Oct. 22, during MASB’s Annual Leadership Conference at the Grand Traverse Resort. As a member-driven organization, MASB delegates, selected by school boards, have an important voice in shaping resolutions and, therefore, the direction of our Association. This once-a-year event allows MASB’s members to consider, debate and adopt resolutions that affect public education and Michigan’s schools.

This year’s Delegate Assembly began with a legislative update from MASB Government Relations staff Jennifer Smith and Aaron Keel. They encouraged all MASB members to be actively involved in the legislative process as the more voices legislators hear in support or dissent of an issue, the stronger the message. Immediate Past President Don Hubler and Executive Director Don Wotruba then provided attendees with a summary of this past year’s accomplishments and where the organization is looking to go in the future.

Next on the agenda was action on the proposed resolutions. The 2014-2015 Resolution and Bylaws Committee recommended changes to:

  • G-9.55 Communicable Diseases and Vaccinations noting MASB’s support for vaccinations for school children who are able to be vaccinated and to encourage schools to look to health care professionals for guidance and the best approach to the issue. Boards should also be aware of the shift in responsibilities regarding vaccinations from the local district to the local health department.
  • A-10.15 Federal Spending Priorities recommending the name change from No Child Left Behind as it falls under the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. It also strengths the language regarding support for full funding from the federal government.

All amended resolutions were approved without additional discussion.

One new resolution was introduced:

  • G-1.10 Traits of Effective School Boards lays out good habits and characteristics of a school board that would increase the effectiveness of its members. This resolution lays out eight characteristics that boards are encouraged to develop.

This was also approved without additional discussion from the floor.

There were no substituted resolutions, bylaws proposals or deleted resolutions. One floor resolution was proposed, but was not approved for consideration or discussion by the majority of the delegates.

For those who are interested, the entire 2015 Delegate Assembly Handbook is still available on MASB’s website.

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