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Whose Job is it Anyway? Board Governance Workshops

Spring 2017

February 28 – Centerville
March 1 – Carroll
March 2 – Clinton CANCELLED
March 7– West Delaware (Manchester) CANCELLED
March 21 – Sheldon

 So, what is your job as a school board member? How do you know if it’s appropriate for the board to do or whether it should be done by someone else in the district?

Understanding your role and what you can accomplish is essential to achieving good governance and leadership at the board table. To help, IASB has developed regional meetings centered around the “why’s” behind micromanagement and reasons it can be damaging to your board team and the work inside the system. Join the IASB Board Development team this fall to discover board roles and responsibilities and tools to take back to the board table.

Led By Your IASB Board Development Team

Harry Heiligenthal
Leadership Development Director

Mary Jane Vens
Board Development Director

Lou Ann Gvist
Convention Director/Board Development



Fee: $75 for IASB members. Workshops run from 6-8 p.m.
A light meal will be served on site starting at 5:30 p.m.

Six Benefits of Attending

  • Identify essential skills and functions of an effective board member.
  • Develop principles of governance vs management roles.
  • Learn about root causes of micromanagement.
  • Consider the effects of micromanagement.
  • Gain insights on productive board member behaviors.
  • Discuss the role of policy in defining board roles.

Five Key Benefits

  • Take home sample policies on the role of the board, the superintendent, and the chain of command and communication with the public, as well as board team tools and other resources.
  • Network with peers on issues related to role clarity, including group discussions centered around “whose job is it anyway?”, primary causes of micromanagement, and difficulties that arise when a team member micromanages.
  • Problem solve a sticky real-life situation through a scenario that prompt questions and discuss best responses to the scenario.
  • Hear insights from voices of experience, including a current Iowa superintendent and board president, on how they would respond to the real-life situation.
  • Actively participate to strengthen understanding—work individually and as a group to draft a potential board job description to better understand roles and responsibilities.


  For more information, contact CJ Bloyer at or by phone (515) 247-7046.