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THE CULTURE OF A SCHOOL BOARD CAN HAVE A STRONG IMPACT ON THE OVERALL CULTURE OF A DISTRICT AND SCHOOL COMMUNITY .
The National School Board Association ’ s The Key Work of School Boards Guidebook asserts , “ School district leadership needs to pay attention to the culture it exhibits and exemplifies , because this culture permeates the classrooms , directly affecting teaching .” As this quote indicates , the culture of a school board can have a strong impact on the overall culture of a district and school community . Therefore , as boards prepare for new school directors following this year ’ s elections , now is the perfect time to consider how your board welcomes and assimilates new members to the team .
Let ’ s consider the following scenario . Terry is a newly elected school director who is eager to start . Shortly after the election , he receives an email from the board president congratulating him and advising that he will be sworn in at the organization meeting in early December . Furthermore , the board president
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