Each school board should keep certain vital sources of reference handy. The NDSBA works with business
managers to help establish the concept and content of a reference library. Almost every item identified below is available either free of charge or at a reasonable cost.
Recommended items include:
- The Handbook for School Board Members is produced by NDSBA
and available on this website. Problems most frequently encountered by boards are addressed. Revisions
are made as necessary.
- A copy of the local district’s current written policy. This document is the working plan for the district.
- A complete copy of the board’s minutes from all past meetings.
- A copy of the basic North Dakota Century School Code with the latest supplements is vital.
- Various School Personnel Documents are included on this Web site for your convenience.
menu, click on Resources, then School Personnel Documents for a listing of available documents.
- Just prior to each legislative session, NDSBA publishes a legislative handbook for board members. One copy is provided to every member school district. During the legislative session, NDSBA posts weekly updates on this Web site.
- The Department of Public Instruction prepares an
Educational Directory each year.
- School boards need to be familiar with the proper way to conduct a meeting. A copy of Robert’s Rules of Order, Revised, can be purchased for a few dollars at any book store.
- NDSBA publishes the Unemployment Insurance Operations Manual for Group Account members. The information contained therein is applicable to all forms of coverage and can be valuable to all districts.
- The Bulletin, published monthly by NDSBA contains information on current topics. We urge that a file of these newsletters be retained for reference.
- NDSBA has published a Negotiations Handbook that should be readily accessible — especially during negotiations.
- NDSBA publication So You Want to be a School Board Member.
- NDSBA publication Call to Order.
- School bus booklet.
- NSBA’s publication Becoming a Better Board Member.
Any other printed resource that might be of value, particularly during a board meeting, should be obtained and stored where it is easily accessible to board members.