MASB is Your Association
The Michigan Association of School Boards is a voluntary, nonprofit association of local and intermediate boards of education located throughout the State of Michigan. Our membership is comprised of 600+ boards of education, representing nearly all public school districts in the state.
MASB was officially organized in 1949 to advance the quality of public education in our state, promote high standards in providing educational programs, help school board members keep informed about education issues, represent the interests of boards of education, and promote public understanding about school boards and citizen involvement in our schools. The Association's first statewide conference was held in the fall of 1948, prior to MASB's legal incorporation April 19, 1949.
The history of the Association predates its formal organization. MASB traces its roots to a 1940 meeting in Allendale, when a small group of school board members from Kent, Ottawa and Muskegon counties joined together to begin sharing information among school districts. In 1945, the group became the State Rural School Boards Association. By 1947, school boards from 29 counties were participating and the name was changed to Michigan Rural School Boards Association. With the addition of still more boards from across the state, especially from urban areas, the association membership voted in February 1949 to become the Michigan Association of School Boards.
Today, MASB is recognized as a major voice influencing education issues at the state level. Through its federation with the National School Boards Association, MASB and its members also have an impact at the national level.
The mission of the Michigan Association of School Boards is to provide quality educational leadership services for all Michigan boards of education, and to advocate for student achievement and public education.
MASB had identified five characteristics by which it would like to be defined. These characteristics represent what we want to be as an association and what we seek to deliver to our members.
Value and Quality—Our priority will be delivering outstanding, quality service driven by the needs of our members that is of high value to all Michigan boards of education.
Influential Leadership—We will demonstrate influential leadership through unrelenting advocacy for our cause, perceived clout among education, legislative, government and community leaders, and achieved results of our public policy initiatives.
Trust-Based Relationships—The quality of our relationships with our colleagues at MASB, with our members and with others who have a stake in the future of Michigan's education system will be based on trust and supported by ongoing, open communication.
Visionary Thinking—Awareness of the larger, evolving context in which we work will be at the forefront of continual assessment and planning, ensuring that MASB strategies and actions are progressive and that we anticipate the long-term implications of our work.
Agile Operations—Our systems, processes and procedures will be designed for adaptability and flexibility, enabling timely, effective action that meets the evolving needs of our constituents and facilitates accomplishment of our vision and goals.
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