NDSBA staff members have many years of experience in school-related work and are available to answer a vast array of questions. Many problems are averted before they materialize because of the timely response to questions. The litigation rate involving school boards in North Dakota is among the nation’s lowest.
NDSBA produces numerous publications that are used as reference material for various recurring activities required of school districts. A Handbook for School Board Members is available on this Web site. The Negotiations Handbook offers helpful information for those involved in the negotiations process. Other publications are also available from the association office and the NDSBA Store. NDSBA communicates with members through the monthly Bulletin, periodic Presidents’ Alerts, and this Web site, thus keeping members up to date on local and national management issues. NDSBA’s Web site provides access to the activities and progress of the legislative assembly when in session.
NDSBA superintendent search consultants provide a customized process to meet district and community needs. Fees vary according to district size.
NDSBA staff members are available to assist districts with boardsmanship training, strategic planning, and facilitation of public meetings, etc. Minimal fees are assessed for these services.
NDSBA maintains a clear and visible presence in the educational community on a state and national level. Staff members work closely with legislators, the governor, and many state-wide associations. NDSBA members are invited to participate in programs at the national level. In addition to its Annual Conference, the National School Boards Association (NSBA) presents many opportunities for school board members to increase their knowledge and share information with others from across the country.
NDSBA provides legislative advocacy for local school board issues on the state and federal levels. One staff member serves as a full-time lobbyist during legislative sessions. The NDSBA staff and board of directors are actively involved in federal legislative activities, primarily through NSBA’s Federal Relations Network. In addition to being kept up to date on federal issues, they are often called on to contact our congressional delegation regarding legislation that will affect our local school districts.
The Legal Services Program is included with association membership. One significant answer to an inquiry can save much more than the annual dues payment. School boards and their superintendents can access the Legal Services Program by calling Legal Counsel Annette Bendish at the NDSBA office (800)932-8791. Members of NDSBA are invited to register for the annual School Law Seminar held in conjunction with the annual convention. This very popular session covers pertinent, timely legal topics of concern to school board members and administrators.
Policy Services is a subscription-based program designed to enhance boards’ ability to effectively govern school districts. A basic subscription provides online access to Policy Ponderings, a monthly publication on timely policy topics with sample policies included. Policy Services also offers fee-based services to members including a required policy manual, policy manual customization, and online policy manual hosting. For more information or pricing, contact Alyssa Martin.
NDSBA members are able to participate in the NDUC Group Account, an unemployment insurance program. Members of the Group Account are provided with claim monitoring as well as balanced payments toward their unemployment claims.
NDSBA has representation on various committees, boards, and commissions. These include such organizations as the North Dakota Insurance Reserve Fund, North Dakota High School Activities Association, Education Standards and Practices Board, and many others.