Roles and Responsibilities

  • The Lindbergh Schools Board of Education is made up of seven elected directors who serve without compensation. Board members are elected at large to serve staggered three-year terms. There are no limits on the number of terms a member may serve. While the board's main function is policy making, the board's primary duty is to protect the interests of Lindbergh students.
     
    Lindbergh Schools Board of Education members invest time and efforts in the district, attend events and training sessions, read and study issues, and support the decisions of the board.
     
    Members of the Lindbergh Schools Board of Education serve with one focus: doing what is best for kids.
     
    A successful board member is accessible and open minded, and is an advocate for students, educators and the community. Members delegate the day-to-day decisions for running the district to administrators and avoid micromanaging individual details of district operations.

Skills and Training

  • Acquire the skills necessary to serve on the board
    Board members work with all facets of district operations and acquire background knowledge and skills to understand financial reports, budget projections and analysis, payroll and accounts payable ledgers, and more.
     
    Complete board training
    New members must complete 12 hours of training through the Missouri School Boards' Association during the first year of office.

Time Commitments

  • Attending board meetings throughout the year
    In a typical year, board members attend about 30 meetings. This includes regular meetings on the second Tuesday of each month, special meetings on specific issues and topics, and hearings.
     
    Staying informed
    Each Friday, board members receive an electronic packet of materials from the Superintendent's Office for review. This packet includes information on district activities, personnel issues, educational trends and more.
     
    Reviewing materials in advance of meetings
    Prior to board meetings, each member reviews detailed information and reports that will be presented at the meeting. It is imperative that this material is reviewed prior to the meeting, so members can raise questions and concerns, voice opinions, and be prepared to vote on all issues presented. All meeting materials are available on the Lindbergh BoardDocs website.
     
    Participating in district and school activities
    Because they represent the Lindbergh community, it is important for board members to be present at many school functions during the year. Some activities are held at night, while others take place during the school day or on weekends. Individual school events include meet the teacher nights, music and drama performances, high school graduation, awards nights and special ceremonies. Districtwide activities include sporting events, Green and Gold nights, Parent Leadership meetings, Spirit Festival, meetings with elected officials and former board members, and Opening Day and end of the year staff celebrations.
     
    Participating in extra activities
    Board members serve on a variety of committees within the district and represent the board on outside committees for a number of organizations. These include bond issue and tax levy committees, as well as committees formed to study specific issues within the district. Board members also represent the district on committees for the Special School District, Missouri School Boards' Association, Tax Increment Finance, and more.
     
    Keeping in touch with constituents
    Board members must be available to receive phone calls, and respond to letters and emails from members of the community.

Standing Together

  • Serve on a board that speaks with one voice
    Each board member is encouraged to freely express his or her individual views, and is obligated to vote his or her conscience when making a decision. However, members set aside their own personal views once the board has spoken on an issue. All board members support decisions without divisiveness or controversy. This is one of the most important concepts that is covered during board member training.