Mar
3
Thu
Spring Law Conference @ Virtual Event
Mar 3 @ 9:00 am – Mar 4 @ 12:15 pm

The Spring Law Conference will be a virtual event held on March 3-4 via Zoom. Sessions are designed for board members, school administrators, and board attorneys, and will cover topics including school board meeting disruptions, managing school board issues in a digital world, and curriculum and book challenges.

Take a look at the 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. We will apply for attorneys attending the entire conference to receive 6 hours of CLE credit. Important note: this conference will not be recorded.

Board members should contact their board assistant to register.

Mar
24
Thu
Student Search and Seizure Webinar
Mar 24 @ 7:00 am – 11:59 pm

In recent months, many school systems have experienced a worrisome increase in the number of firearms found on school grounds and school buses. Under what circumstances may school officials search a student’s person, personal belongings, or vehicle to locate firearms or other weapons? When may school officials conduct locker searches or use metal detectors? To what extent are school officials allowed to search a student suspected of possessing illegal drugs or other contraband? This webinar will discuss the Fourth Amendment standards that apply when searches are required in order to maintain a safe and orderly school environment.

Presenter: Janine Murphy, NCSBA Assistant Legal Counsel
Runtime: 1 hour

The registrant will receive email instructions for accessing the webinar and accompanying handouts. Please share this information with anyone in your school system who may benefit from the training. Participants will have unlimited access to the webinar between 7 a.m. and 11:59 p.m. on March 24.

Apr
1
Fri
April Video Library @ Videos
Apr 1 – Apr 30 all-day

Our library of training videos for April is below. Each video is one hour. The cost is $250 per teaching hour and includes access for all board members and staff in your school district. Click the desired date below the title/description to register.

Legal: Public Records – $250
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.
Click here to purchase for April 6-8

Legal: Common Liability Issues for School Boards – $250
Learn about the liability issues facing school boards.
Click here to purchase for April 6-8

Legal: Legal Duties as Board Chair – $250
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.
Click here to purchase for April 6-8

Legal: NC Open Meetings Law for School Board Members– $250                     
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.
Click here to purchase for April 6-8

Legal: Students’ Religious Rights– $250                     
Does a student have a First Amendment right to pray at school? Can a student be required to recite the Pledge of Allegiance? Do students have a right to organize extracurricular religious clubs? This webinar will answer these and other questions related to the extent of a student’s right to engage in religious speech and activity at school.
Click here to purchase for April 6-8

Legal: Sixty Minutes on Minutes – $250
What is the difference between “full and accurate” minutes required for regular meetings and closed sessions, and the “general account” required for closed sessions? What should be included in each? What other statutory requirements pertain to minutes? When are minutes “official” and when do they become public records? Get the answers to these questions and more in this comprehensive review of the legal requirements related to minutes.
Click here to purchase for April 6-8

Legal: Ethics for Local Board Members (Whole-Board Version) – $500
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.
Click here to purchase for April 25-27

Legal: Student Search and Seizure – $250
In recent months, many school systems have experienced a worrisome increase in the number of firearms found on school grounds and school buses. Under what circumstances may school officials search a student’s person, personal belongings, or vehicle to locate firearms or other weapons? When may school officials conduct locker searches or use metal detectors? To what extent are school officials allowed to search a student suspected of possessing illegal drugs or other contraband? This webinar will discuss the Fourth Amendment standards that apply when searches are required in order to maintain a safe and orderly school environment.
Click here to purchase for April 6-8

Finance: Understanding Basic School Budget Finance – $250
This webinar will help school board members better understand the revenue sources of K-12 school funding, how state funds are allotted to LEAs, and the budget process at the state and local level.
Click here to purchase for April 12-14

Finance: Pension Spiking and QEBA – $250
As a board, you are responsible for considering pension spiking and QEBA in your finance planning. Join this webinar to make sure you have a plan for the future of all your employees.
Click here to purchase for April 12-14

Finance: LEA & Charter School Funding – $250
North Carolina public school funding is discussed during this one-hour video where you will understand the relationship between LEAs and charter schools.
Click here to purchase for April 12-14

Governance: Governing the System Through Board Policy – $250
School boards are tasked with creating the vision, mission, and goals of a district and then adopting policies that help staff bring the vision to life. During this webinar, you will explore the board’s role in policy.
Click here to purchase for April 18-20

Governance: Your Role as a Legislative Advocate – $250
Explore your advocacy role at the state level during this one-hour video.
Click here to purchase for April 18-20

Apr
26
Tue
Spring Regional Meetings
Apr 26 @ 1:30 pm – 5:15 pm

NCSBA will hold its spring regional meetings April 26-28. These meetings are a redesign of the former district meetings and will be held each fall and spring of the year. Register for the meeting of your choice and enjoy the opportunity to fellowship and network with school board members in your region!

Locations

April 26: Western Region
Hickory Convention Center, Hickory

April 27: Central Region
Qubein Conference Center, High Point University

April 28: Eastern Region
East Carolina Heart Institute, Greenville

Time

Each meeting will begin at 1:30 pm and end no later than 5:15 pm.

Agenda

Agendas are being finalized. Below is the expected timeframe.

Draft Agenda
1:00-1:30 pm        Registration
1:30-2:15 pm        General Session
2:30-3:15 pm        Session 1
3:20-4:05 pm        Session 2
4:10-4:55 pm        Session 3
5:00-5:15 pm        Closing Remarks

Regional Membership

Click here to see a list of school districts by region. Although school districts are divided by region, feel free to attend the meeting most convenient for you. Participating board members will receive 4 hours of training credit.

 

May
1
Sun
May Video Library @ Videos
May 1 – May 31 all-day

Our library of training videos for May is below. Each video is one hour. The cost is $250 per teaching hour and includes access for all board members and staff in your school district. Click the desired date below the title/description to register.

Legal: Public Records – $250
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.
Click here to purchase for May 4-6

Finance: Pension Spiking and QEBA – $250
As a board, you are responsible for considering pension spiking and QEBA in your finance planning. Join this webinar to make sure you have a plan for the future of all your employees.
Click here to purchase for May 4-6

Legal: Students’ Religious Rights– $250                     
Does a student have a First Amendment right to pray at school? Can a student be required to recite the Pledge of Allegiance? Do students have a right to organize extracurricular religious clubs? This webinar will answer these and other questions related to the extent of a student’s right to engage in religious speech and activity at school.
Click here to purchase for May 4-6

Legal: Sixty Minutes on Minutes– $250
What is the difference between “full and accurate” minutes required for regular meetings and closed sessions, and the “general account” required for closed sessions? What should be included in each? What other statutory requirements pertain to minutes? When are minutes “official” and when do they become public records? Get the answers to these questions and more in this comprehensive review of the legal requirements related to minutes.
Click here to purchase for May 9-11

Finance: LEA & Charter School Funding – $250
North Carolina public school funding is discussed during this one-hour video where you will understand the relationship between LEAs and charter schools.
Click here to purchase for May 9-11

Legal: Common Liability Issues for School Boards – $250
Learn about the liability issues facing school boards.
Click here to purchase for May 9-11

Legal: Student Search and Seizure: Fourth Amendment Limits on School Officials – $250
In recent months, many school systems have experienced a worrisome increase in the number of firearms found on school grounds and school buses. Under what circumstances may school officials search a student’s person, personal belongings, or vehicle to locate firearms or other weapons? When may school officials conduct locker searches or use metal detectors? To what extent are school officials allowed to search a student suspected of possessing illegal drugs or other contraband? This webinar will discuss the Fourth Amendment standards that apply when searches are required in order to maintain a safe and orderly school environment.
Click here to purchase for May 16-18

Governance: Governing the System Through Board Policy – $250
School boards are tasked with creating the vision, mission, and goals of a district and then adopting policies that help staff bring the vision to life. During this webinar, you will explore the board’s role in policy.
Click here to purchase for May 16-18

Legal: Understanding Your Legal Duties as Board Chair – $250
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.
Click here to purchase for May 16-18

Finance: Understanding Basic School Budget Finance – $250
This webinar will help school board members better understand the revenue sources of K-12 school funding, how state funds are allotted to LEAs, and the budget process at the state and local level.
Click here to purchase for May 23-25

Legal: NC Open Meetings Law for School Board Members – $250                     
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.
Click here to purchase for May 23-25

Governance: Your Role as a Legislative Advocate – $250
Explore your advocacy role at the state level during this one-hour video.
Click here to purchase for May 23-25

Legal: Rubber Stamp or Gatekeeper? The Board’s Role in Hiring and Nonrenewal – $250
Review the Board’s role related to hiring new employees and renewing, or not, existing employees. This will include an overview of relevant NC case law and discuss the major themes from those cases so you and your board can make hiring and renewal decisions consistent with applicable legal requirements and standards.
Click here to purchase for May 23-25

Legal: Ethics for Local Board Members (Whole-Board Version) – $500
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.
Click here to purchase for May 27-31

 

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