Getting New School Board Members Up to Speed
One way to train newly elected school board members for the job ahead is to start before they even run for office
December 2, 2020
When Julie Cole decided to run for school board, she did her homework.
For a year, Cole attended every Hurst-Euless-Bedford, Tex., school board meeting—and reviewed meeting agendas beforehand. During meetings, she sat near district administrators so she could lean over and ask questions about discussions and proposals she had trouble understanding.
“I just made it my mission to learn everything that I could learn,” said Cole, who is now the school board president for the 24,000-student north Texas school district.