MASB’s Delegate Assembly—Lend Your Voice

Jennifer Smith

By Jennifer Smith, MASB Director of Government Relations

DashBoard, Sept. 14, 2016

MASB’s Delegate Assembly is your opportunity to voice your board’s opinion on state issues and the Association’s direction. The 2016 Delegate Assembly will begin Thursday, Nov. 10 at 7:30 p.m. at the Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center, the night before the Annual Leadership Conference begins. The evening can range from quiet and quick to long and lively.

All MASB members have the opportunity to directly affect their Association by submitting resolution or bylaw changes to the Resolutions and Bylaws Committee. Members can also participate by serving as a delegate at the assembly. The assembly is made up of at least one voting delegate from each school district in the state. Districts have until Sept. 23 to certify their delegates.

This process provides MASB with the necessary insight into what is important to its members and gives direction for operation and legislative positions. This allows all of us and MASB to be your voice for public education.

The night of the assembly, all delegates should make sure they are checked in. If you are attending the conference, check in there first. If you are only attending the Delegate Assembly, you can check in at the assembly. Delegates are seated at the front of the room; those that wish to participate but are not voting delegates, are seated in the back.

The process for the assembly, as well as voting procedures, are found in the Delegate Assembly Handbook, which will be made available at least 30 days before the assembly to all members. The handbook also includes the proposed changes to resolutions or bylaws. These changes should be reviewed by each voting delegate and their board to determine how the delegate should vote on the issue.

This night and the whole process is driven by you, our members, and the boards you represent. 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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