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 on 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.