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Warning signs of board overload

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Here are some flags that your governing board may be overwhelmed:

√ Long meetings. If they last more than three hours, rethink the agenda.

√ Too many meetings. You should have one regular board meeting and maybe a monthly work session, tops.

√  Lack of focus. You need to be moving on strategic goals and priorities, not mundane matters.

√  Micromanaging. Keep away from anything that isn’t about broad matters of policy and governance.

√  Wasted time. Quibbling over a minor item means you’re lost in the weeds.

√ Weak policymaking. The board should review once a year how it sets policy.

√  No accountability. The board needs to measure progress regularly.

— Adapted from “Operation Overload,” Del Stover, American School Board Journal.

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