Mar
2
Tue
NC Open Meetings Law for School Board Members (Webinar)
Mar 2 @ 7:00 am – 11:59 pm

Compliance with the Open Meetings Law provides for transparency and accountability and is vital to good school board governance. This webinar will provide an overview of the North Carolina Open Meetings Law as it applies to local school board members and official school board meetings. Topics will include types of meetings, notice requirements, open versus closed sessions, meeting minutes, public access and attendance, electronic and remote meetings, and other current and emerging issues related to legally compliant school board meetings.

Presented by: Jim O’Rourke, Assistant Legal Counsel for Superintendent Searches
One-Hour Webinar

Mar
30
Tue
Ethics for Local School Board Members (Whole-Board Webinar Access)
Mar 30 @ 7:00 am – 11:59 pm

In this two-hour webinar, we will discuss the ethical standards established by state law for school board members. The webinar will also include a discussion of state and federal laws related to conflicts of interest pertaining to making and administering contracts and possible legal consequences when these laws are violated. Finally, this webinar will review other well-established legal duties and responsibilities of school board members.

Webinar access is for the entire board and school district.

There will be an ethics sessions for individual school boards members available in May.

Understanding Your Legal Duties as Board Chair (Webinar)
Mar 30 @ 7:00 am – 11:59 pm

The chair of a local board of education is responsible for presiding over meetings of the board, but what other duties does the chair have? Join this webinar for an overview of how board meetings are to be organized, scheduling and calling meetings, setting agendas, permissible reasons for closed session, and other essential topics.

Presented by: Janine Murphy, Assistant Legal Counsel
One-Hour Webinar

Apr
13
Tue
Show Me the Money (and the Texts, Emails, and Facebook Posts): The Reach of North Carolina’s Public Records Law (Webinar)
Apr 13 @ 7:00 am – 11:59 pm

Are communications sent via private electronic devices and accounts public records? Can board members be held personally liable for failing to comply with the public records law? What questions should board members ask to assess their district’s compliance with the law? If you don’t know the answer to these questions, make plans to attend this webinar for a primer on North Carolina’s public records law.

Presented by: Kathy Boyd, Senior Staff Attorney
One-Hour Webinar

Apr
29
Thu
2021 Spring Law Conference
Apr 29 @ 9:00 am – Apr 30 @ 12:20 pm

NCSBA’s 2021 Spring Law Conference will be held April 29-30 via Zoom. This virtual conference is designed for board members, school administrators, and board attorneys. Take a look at our agenda.

The conference is $99 per day. Board members and school administrators who attend the full conference will receive 6 hours of continuing education credit. Attorneys will receive 6 hours of CLE credit. Important note: the conference will not be recorded.

How to Register

Conference registration is through the Envise membership portal. Any board members interested in attending should connect with their board assistant in order to avoid duplicate registrations.

  1. Click the registration button above.
  2. Log in using your Envise membership portal credentials.
  3. In the navigation menu, click Events>Register.
  4. Under Select a Contact, choose the attendee.
  5. Under Select an Event, choose “2021 Spring Law Conference.” Day 1 and Day 2 will appear under Session. Check the day(s) the individual plans to attend. Click Add Registration to Cart.
  6. If registering multiple people, repeat steps 4 and 5 for each attendee.
  7. Choose your payment type and click Continue. It may take a few moments to process.
  8. Review your shopping cart and click Checkout. Complete any necessary payment information.

If you need assistance, please contact Debbie Shinbara at dshinbara@ncsba.org or 919-747-6698 or Chelsea Sutton at csutton@ncsba.org or 919-747-6713.

May
1
Sat
Core Training: Leadership @ Online Course
May 1 @ 10:00 am – Jun 30 @ 11:00 pm

Newly and reelected board members can strengthen their core with NCSBA’s Core Training course. Core training is a self-paced, virtual training event that includes all the components of our in-person sessions. Hear our talented staff cover leadership, advocacy, the required ethics training for school board members, and more during eight hours of recorded presentations. Access will begin May 1 and participants will have 60 days to complete the training. The last day for purchase is June 30.

Core training topics include:

  • Leadership Training – basic boardsmanship dos and don’ts, board/superintendent roles and responsibilities, school finance, and school board liability.
  • Advocacy Training – board members’ advocacy work, a legislative update on current issues, NCSBA’s member-approved legislative agenda, and a how-to talk on effectively engaging legislators.
  • Required Ethics Training – School board members are required to earn two hours of ethics training within 12 months of election or reelection.

Those completing all modules of the course will earn 12 hours of training.

Course Video Lessons

    • Welcome, Now You’re a Board Member
      Ed Dunlap, NCSBA Executive Director
      1 hour
    • The Board or the Superintendent? Quiz
      Ed Dunlap, NCSBA Executive Director
      1 hour
    • Common Liability Issues for School Districts
      Donna Lynch, NCSBA Litigation Counsel
      1 hour
    • Ethics for School Board Members
      Attorneys, NCSBA Legal/Policy department
      2 hours
    • Governing the School System Through Board Policy
      Janine Murphy, NCSBA Assistant Legal Counsel
      1 hour
    • Understanding Basic School Budget Issues
      Richard Bostic, NCSBA Assistant Director of Governmental Relations
      1 hour
    • Your Role as a Legislative Advocate for Public Education
      Leanne Winner, NCSBA Director of Governmental Relations
      1 hour
    • Board/Superintendent Roles and Responsibilities
      Ramona Powers, NCSBA Director of Board Development & Technology
      1 hour 

The next Core Training opportunity will be in July 2021 at the NCSBA office in Raleigh.

Ethics for Local School Board Members (Individual Member Access) @ Online course
May 1 @ 10:00 am – Jun 30 @ 5:00 pm
Ethics for Local School Board Members (Individual Member Access) @ Online course

In this two-hour webinar, we will discuss the ethical standards established by state law for school board members. The webinar will also include a discussion of state and federal laws related to conflicts of interest pertaining to making and administering contracts and possible legal consequences when these laws are violated. Finally, this webinar will review other well-established legal duties and responsibilities of school board members.

Webinar access is for individual board members.

There will be an ethics sessions for whole-board access available in August.

May
11
Tue
Student Discipline Law Basics (Webinar)
May 11 @ 7:00 am – 11:59 pm

This webinar will provide an overview of the constitutional and state law requirements related to student discipline. Listeners will gain an understanding of what are short-term suspensions, long-term suspensions, 365-day suspensions, and expulsions, as well as the due process rights of students under North Caroline student discipline law.

Presented by: McKenna Osborn, Staff Attorney
One-Hour Webinar

Jun
14
Mon
Summer Leadership Seminars @ Courtyard Marriott Carolina Beach
Jun 14 @ 8:00 am – Jun 16 @ 12:30 pm

The 2021 NCSBA Summer Leadership Seminars and Policy Conference is back in person! The dates are June 14-18 at the Courtyard Marriott in Carolina Beach. Details regarding daily programming are forthcoming.

REGISTRATION WILL OPEN MONDAY, APRIL 26

Your health and well-being are our number one priority. As of April 21, there is an in-person attendance limitation of 60 participants in place due to COVID-19. Mask-wearing, social distancing, and room capacity restrictions will help ensure a safe and healthy event for all. The following guidelines are required protocols and procedures for attendee participation throughout the week. As North Carolina restrictions continue to relax, NCSBA staff will communicate adjustments to the guidelines with registered participants and on the event webpage at ncsba.org.
  • Avoid conference participation if you are exhibiting any of the following symptoms: fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea.
  • Participant capacity is limited to 60.
  • On-site registration will not be allowed. Attendees must register on or before June 7, 2021.
  • You will be required to wear a face mask at all times in the meeting room, even if you have been fully vaccinated. This requirement will be strictly enforced.
  • Social distancing requirements must be observed.
  • Hand sanitizer will be available in the meeting room.
  • If you start to feel sick or to display COVID-19 symptoms, do not attend any conference activities or come within six feet of others. Please remain in your hotel room and notify the registrar at ahunter@ncsba.org.
Registration
Conference pre-registration is required. The cost per day is $199 and includes materials, continental breakfast, and mid-morning break. Registration will open on Monday, April 26. Registrations are on a first-come, first-served basis. Daily capacity is currently 60 participants.

Hotel
NCSBA has secured a limited block of rooms at the Courtyard Marriott at the rate of $229 per night plus tax. Reservations must be initiated through NCSBA if you would like to stay at the Courtyard Marriott. During the registration process, simply select the option for the day registration plus hotel stay.

Hotel Guidelines

Participants staying at the Courtyard Marriott receive one free parking space per guest room. Offsite participants or guest rooms that have more than one vehicle must park in public parking spaces. Note that fees apply for the public parking spaces.

The entire hotel, including balconies, is smoke free. Inquire at the front desk for the designated smoking areas. The hotel is not a pet-friendly property.

In addition, the hotel has advised us of the following COVID-19 safety precautions they are taking for all guests:

  • As part of the hotel’s commitment to health and safety, each room will be disinfected in preparation for guest arrival and hotel staff will only enter your guest room if requested. Daily housekeeping service is currently suspended; if you need anything during your stay, contact the front desk.
  • Masks are to be worn at all times in public areas inside the hotel as mandated by Marriott and the state of North Carolina.
  • The fitness center is open to 1 guest or 1 family at a time. Please wipe down all used equipment after each use.
  • Pools are open to limited capacities. A maximum occupancy of 40 people at a time is allotted for the outdoor pool. A maximum occupancy of 15 people at a time is allotted for the indoor pool. A sign-up sheet is available for the indoor pool at the front desk.

NCSBA will continue to work with the staff at the Courtyard Marriott to provide as safe an environment as possible while you’re attending the conference. As such, we are reviewing ways to limit opportunities for both staff and attendees to repeatedly touch/share the same objects (i.e., pens, serving utensils, door handles, etc.) and reduce lines to encourage people to stay at least six feet apart through signage and other visual cues.

Additional resources 

For more information about this event, call us at 919-841-4040.

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