Pair of school leader ethics courses to be offered at KSBA annual conference: basics seminar and new class with a legal focus

By Whitney A. Crowe, KSBA staff attorney

The 81st KSBA Annual Conference will include two new options in the required training area of ethics.

Ethical conduct fosters trust at all levels, helps build collaborative relationships, improves board team morale, and, most importantly, promotes good decision making and effective governance. Taught by members of KSBA’s training cadre, “The Ethics of School Board Service” will highlight these benefits of ethical conduct and provide more examples of why ethics matter in school board service. This session is great for new board members and will be offered four times during the course of the three-day conference.

The other offering is “Legal and Ethical Considerations for School Board Members,” which I will present during a pre-conference workshop on Friday as well as on Saturday afternoon and once more on Sunday morning. Attendees can expect to receive a refresher on the Code of Ethical Conduct for Local School Board Members, a set of guiding principles adopted by the KSBA Board of Directors; and an in-depth look at issues involving financial and other conflicts of interest, nepotism and confidentiality. This session is geared toward experienced school board members but will be open to all registered conference attendees.

KSBA is proud to continue expanding membership training options, particularly ones that fulfill the statutory and regulatory mandates, and to offer targeted training opportunities to members with different levels of experience in board service.

I hope to see you in Louisville later this month!

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