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MASB’s Delegate Assembly―What Does it Mean For Me?

Jennifer Smith

By Jennifer Smith, MASB Director of Government Relations

DashBoard, Sept. 13, 2017

MASB’s Delegate Assembly is your opportunity to voice your board’s opinion on state issues and the Association’s direction. It’s one important way you can be involved and influence where your Association is headed. The 2017 Delegate Assembly will begin Thursday, Nov. 9, at 7:30 p.m. at the Lansing Center, the night before the Annual Leadership Conference begins.

The Delegate Assembly establishes policies and rules for the Association through resolutions and bylaws. These are used to provide direction to MASB, its officers and committees throughout the year. The assembly is made up of at least one voting delegate from each school district in the state. Districts have until Oct. 13 to certify their delegates. If you have questions about this process please contact Cheryl Huffman.

The process to update, add and delete resolutions and bylaws is actually initiated at the beginning of every year with the first meeting of the Resolutions and Bylaws Committee. All MASB members also have the opportunity to directly affect their Association by submitting resolution or bylaw changes to the Committee. The members of this committee review the current resolutions and bylaws that govern and provide direction for MASB. They also review any resolutions recommended to the committee from the previous year’s Delegate Assembly or an individual district, and determine if they can be accepted “as is” or with some changes. The committee also has the power to delete resolutions that are no longer relevant and develop new ones to address current issues.

All of this work is put into the Delegate Assembly Handbook and copies will be available to all members by Oct. 10. The handbook includes the process for the Delegate Assembly, as well as the proposed changes to resolutions and bylaws on which the delegates will vote.

This process is driven by you, our members, and the boards you represent and provides MASB with the necessary insight into what is important to its members and gives direction for operation and legislative positions. This assists MASB in truly being your voice for public education.

We urge you to get involved, review the handbook when it comes out, volunteer to be the delegate for your district and share your thoughts with fellow members.

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