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Mandatory Training for School Board Members

2014 Schedule
This schedule is for both the Essentials of School Board Governance and Fiscal Oversight Fundamentals.

  Course Dates Registration Dates
Session 1 Feb. 19 – April 2, 2014 Dec. 11, 2013 – February 12, 2014
Session 2 March 19 –  April 30,2014 Dec. 11, 2013 – March 12, 2014
Session 3 April 16 – May 28. 2014 Dec. 11, 2013 – April 9, 2014
Session 4 May 14 – June 25, 2014 Feb. 5, 2014 – May 7, 2014
Session 5 May 25 – Aug. 6, 2014 Feb. 5, 2014 – May 18, 2014
Session 6 Sept. 10 – Oct. 22, 2014 July 9 – Sept. 3, 2014
Session 7 Oct. 8 – Nov. 19, 2014 July 9 – Oct. 1, 2014
Session 8 Nov. 5 – Dec. 17, 2014 July 9 – Oct. 29, 2014

Member Rate: $150
Non-member Rate: $300

Please call NYSSBA at 1-800-342-3360 if you have any questions regarding course content.


Essentials of School Board Governance

Essentials of School Board Governance
Course Description

The Essentials of School Board Governance online course is designed for school board members to fulfill mandatory governance training requirements enacted into New York State law on August 13, 2010. In this course, you will learn the following:

  • The boards' role in student achievement
  • The dynamics of the board-superintendent relationship
  • How policy is developed and used by the board
  • Key legal parameters such as the Open Meetings Law
  • How data is used by school boards in decision making

This training is comprised of four modules:

Module A: The Importance and Purpose of School Boards
Module B: School Board Members' Rights, Risks and Responsibilities
Module C: Policy and Board Operations
Module D: Date Use for Accountability and Student Achievement

Essentials of School Board Governance
Frequently Asked Questions

Who must get training?
All school district and BOCES board members elected or appointed for a first term beginning on or after July 1, 2011 must complete the training.

When must the training occur?
The training must be obtained within the first year of the term.

Must the training be repeated periodically?
No. Training must be completed only once.

Do I get partial credit if I do not complete the course?
No. You must finish the entire course and get 100% on the four summary exams.

How is compliance demonstrated?
A certificate of completion of the training course will be issued by NYSSBA within thirty days of the course completion date.

How do I obtain my certificate?
When your course session is completed, the New York State School Boards Association will send a certificate to the address you listed on the registration and to your district clerk.

Is anyone exempt from the law?
Current board members who were appointed, elected or re-elected prior to July 1, 2011 are not required to receive training.

Who pays for the training?
Expenses incurred should be paid by the school district.

Who do I pay for the course?
Purchase orders must be made out to Hudson Valley Community College, 80 Vandenburgh Ave., Troy, NY 12180. If you wish to pay using a credit card, please call (518) 629-7339.

Are there any system requirements for taking this online course?
This course requires specific technical requirements for the user's operating system and browser. To test your system for compatibility go to http://my.hvcc.edu and click on Check System & Browser Requirements in the Getting Started area.

This course also makes use of extensive video-based learning using Adobe Flash videos. To view these videos, you will need to have the latest version of Adobe Flash installed on your computer. Download Flash.


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Fiscal Oversight Fundamentals for School Board Members
Course Description

This online course is designed for school board members to fulfill mandatory training requirements enacted into New York State law on July 1, 2005. You will learn the following:

  • Basics of financial oversight, accountability and fiduciary responsibilities, including the roles, responsibilities and qualifications of key district finance officials in properly safeguarding, using, and accounting for district resources.

  • Principal sources of school district funds and guidelines for spending funds from each source.

  • The rationale for preparing a district budget, a sound process for building and obtaining voter approval, and laws and rules affecting the budget process.

  • How to recognize sound financial management and indications of a financially stressed district.

  • Information the board should receive regularly, in what form, and from whom in order to properly oversee district finances.

  • Elements of financial reports that warrant special attention.

  • Common types of fraud, waste, and abuse of district resources, and the attitudes and conditions that invite them.

  • Policy and oversight actions the board can take to set the example and protect resources; what to do if the board or others suspect irregularities.

Fiscal Oversight Fundamentals for School Board Members
Frequently Asked Questions

Who must get training?
Every trustee or voting member of a school district board of education or BOCES, whether elected or appointed, who begins a term on or after July 1, 2005 must be trained.

When must the training occur?
The training must be obtained within the first year of the term.

Must the training be repeated periodically?
No. Training must be completed only once.

Do I get partial credit if I do not complete the course?
No. You must finish the entire course and get 100% on the five summary exams. Each summary exam has 10 questions.

How is compliance demonstrated?
A certificate of completion of the training course will be issued by NYSSBA within thirty days of the course completion date.

How do I obtain my certificate?
When your course session is completed, the New York State School Boards Association will send a certificate to the address you listed on the registration and to your district clerk.

Is anyone exempt from the law?
The law does not apply to school districts in a city having a population of one million or more inhabitants as long as the chancellor of the school district annually certifies to the commissioner that the district has a training program that meets or exceeds the requirements.

Who pays for the training?
Expenses incurred should be paid by the school district.

Who do I pay for the course?
Purchase orders must be made out to Hudson Valley Community College, 80 Vandenburgh Ave., Troy, NY 12180. If you wish to pay using a credit card, please call (518) 629-7339.

Are there any system requirements for taking this online course?
To test your system for compatibility go to http://my.hvcc.edu and click on Check System & Browser Requirements in the Getting Started area.

Please note: The New York State School Boards Association will certify only participants who complete the course within your registered six-week time slot.
Failure to complete the course will require re-registration and full payment.