New Board Member Orientation
Start Date 11/10/2020 09:00 AM
End Date 11/11/2020 04:00 PM
Address Zoom - Virtual Event.

Welcome to the School Board
New Board Member Orientation


GSBA is pleased to offer New Board Member Orientation training, November 10th  & 11th. State law and state board rules require school board members to obtain board governance training each year. First-year board members are required to secure fifteen total hours of training. New board members will hear from expert special guests from the Georgia Department of Education, the Georgia School Superintendents Association and the Georgia School Boards Association. 

This two-day virtual orientation session provides 12 total hours of credits to meet the state requirements.

Day 1- November 10, 2020 @ 9 a.m.- 4 p.m.

The first day consists of 6 hours of training credit focused on financial governance for new public school board members and new charter school board members, provided by the Georgia Department of Education (DOE).

Day 2- November 11, 2020 @ 9 a.m.- 4 p.m.

New school board members will secure an additional  6 hours of training credits emphasizing multiple topics such as legal issues, roles and responsibilities, parliamentary procedure and the Georgia Standards for Effective Governance. 


New Board Member Orientation: Day 1


(Virtual Event)

Tuesday, November 10, 2020



 8:50 AM                     Welcome & Overview

                                            Valarie Wilson, GSBA Executive Director

                            Dr. Samuel King, GSBA Director of Superintendent Search Services & Board Development

                                  Rusk Roam, Interim Chief Financial Officer, GADOE


Georgia DOE Finance Training



9:00 - 9:15 AM            Fiscal Responsibilities of Board Members                            Rusk Roam



9:15 - 9:30 AM            How Schools are Funded in Georgia                                     Rusk Roam


9:30 – 10:00 AM         QBE Overview                                                                        Rusk Roam     


10:00 - 10:15 AM        Break                                                                                     All


10:15 - 11:15 AM        Federal Funds & Program Management                              Shaun Owen



11:15 - 11:45 AM        Budgeting                                                                             Amy Rowell



11:45 – 12:45 PM       Lunch                                                                                     All



12:45 – 1:45 PM         Facilities & Capital Outlay                                                     Mike Rowland



1:45 – 2:15 PM           Financial Reporting and Fund Accounting                            Amy Rowell



2:15 – 2:30 PM           Break                                                                                      All



2:30 - 3:00 PM            Risk, Internal Controls, and Audits                                       Amy Rowell


3:00 - 4:00 PM            Audit Report Overview                                                           Amy Rowell

    Wrap Up, Evaluations




New Board Member Orientation: Day 2


(Virtual Event)

Wednesday, November 11, 2020



9:00 AM                      Welcome & Introductions

                                    Valarie Wilson, GSBA Executive Director

                                   Dr. Samuel King, GSBA Director of Superintendent Search Services &

                                   Board Development


9:15 – 10:45 AM        School Law for Board Members

                                   Phil Hartley, Harben, Hartley & Hawkins, LLC


10:45 – 11 AM           Break


11:00 – 12:00 PM     Key Items of Importance for New School Board Members:

                                  Roles & Responsibilities/Governance Standards

                                  Zenda Bowie, GSBA Consultant

  John Zauner, Executive Director, Georgia School Superintendents Association (GSSA)


12:00 – 1 PM            Lunch


1:00 – 2:15 PM        Key Items of Importance for New School Board Members:

                                 Governance Team Domains

 Dr. Samuel King

 Dr. Donna Hinton, GSBA Senior Board Development Specialist


2:15 – 2:30 PM        Break


2:30 – 3:10 PM        The Role of Member Engagement and the GSBA HUB

                                 Julie Rhame, GSBA Director of Member Engagement

                                Leigh Crow, Member Engagement Specialist


3:10 – 3:45 PM        Governance Team Tools & Resources

                                 Mark Willis, GSBA Assistant Executive Director


3:45 PM                   Wrap up, Evaluations