Our 2020 Fall Law Conference is going virtual!
Plan to join us October 7-9 via Zoom for this year’s conference. During a school year unlike any other, this is the perfect time to learn about the many legal issues currently affecting public schools. Take a look at our agenda. This conference is designed for board members, administrators, and board attorneys.
Registration is $150 per day or $450 for the full conference. We will send Zoom information and materials to participants in a few weeks. Note: These sessions will not be recorded.
Any board members interested in attending this virtual conference should connect with their board assistant in order to avoid duplicate registrations.
After the Department of Education issued new regulations on Title IX sexual harassment in May 2020, school systems across the country were left scrambling to put policies and procedures in place to implement the new requirements. This webinar explains why NCSBA issued six new policies on discrimination, harassment, and bullying in July 2020 and what’s included in those new policies. Most importantly, the webinar will give you a working knowledge of the two new Title IX sexual harassment policies and what happens next after your school system receives a report or complaint of sexual harassment.
Presented by: Justice Warren, Staff Attorney
This webinar will discuss how LEAs in North Carolina can address the mental health needs of students through compliance with the State Board of Education’s recently adopted School-Based Mental Health Initiative policy.
Presented by: Sam Thorp, Staff Attorney
Registration is open for our virtual Board Officers Academy to be held on Friday, February 26.
NCSBA’s Board Officers Academy will explore roles and responsibilities of board officers. This session is open to all board members that are currently serving in board leadership positions or aspire to serve in such capacities. All sessions will be presented live through Zoom.
The academy will be hosted by NCSBA President Amy Churchill and include presentations from NC State Board of Education Chairman Eric Davis, NC State Board of Education Vice Chairman Alan Duncan, and NC State Superintendent Catherine Truitt to name a few.
A draft agenda is available here.
Cost $150 per person
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
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.
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
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