2022 GSBA Spring New Board Member Orientation (In-Person Only)
Start Date 02/22/2022 08:30 AM
End Date 02/23/2022 04:00 PM
Address John C Maxwell Leadership Center at 12Stone Church. 2050 Sugarloaf Circle. Duluth, GA 30097




GSBA is pleased to offer New Board Member Orientation training in-person only on February 22 and 23. 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.

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


Breakfast and lunch are included on both days.

NOTE: The first 3 hours of the first day meet the requirement for 3 hours of Finance Training for Charter Schools Local Boards, as it's provided by the Georgia DOE. This does not apply to Local School Boards whose school systems are Charter Systems. The price for Charter School board members to attend the 3-hour training is $75.



New Board Member Orientation will be held upstairs in Classroom B at the John C. Maxwell Leadership Center at 12Stone Church in Duluth.



Rooms are blocked at the Hampton Inn Lawrenceville Duluth. Please call the hotel direct, at the number shown below, and indicate you are part of the Georgia School Boards Association meeting or click the link: 


Group Name: Georgia School Boards Association

Check-in:       February 21, 2022

Check-out:     February 23, 2022

Hotel Name:  Hampton Inn Lawrenceville Duluth

Hotel Phone Number: 678.407.0018

Hotel Address: 6010 Sugarloaf Parkway, Lawrenceville, GA 30043


New Board Member Orientation Agenda

*Agenda is subject to change


New Board Member Orientation: Day 1

8:50 AM                  Welcome & Overview
                              Valarie Wilson, Executive Director, GSBA
                              Dr. Samuel King, Director of Superintendent Search Services & Board Development, GSBA
                              Rusk Roam, Chief Financial Officer, GADOE

Georgia DOE Finance Training

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

9:15 – 10:00 AM      Federal Funds and Program Management
                              Carly Covic Ambler

10:00 – 10:15 AM    Break

10:15 – 11:15 AM    Facilities and Transportation
                              Pat Schofill

11:15 – 12:00 PM    How Schools Are Funded in Georgia, QBE Overview
                             Rusk Roam

12:00 – 1:00 PM      Lunch

1:00 – 1:45 PM        Budgeting; Financial Reporting and Fund Accounting
                              Amy Rowell

1:45 – 2:15 PM        Risk, Internal Controls, and Audits
                              Amy Rowell

2:15 – 2:30 PM        Break

2:30 – 4:00 PM        Audit Report Overview


New Board Member Orientation: Day 2

9:00 AM                  Welcome & Overview
                              Valarie Wilson, Executive Director, GSBA
                              Dr. Samuel King, Director of Superintendent Search Services & Board Development, GSBA

9:15 – 10:45 AM       School Law for Board Members
                              Phil Hartley, Harben, Hartley & Hawkins, LLC

10:45 – 11:00 AM     Break

11:00 – 12:00 PM     Key Items of Importance for New School Board Members:
                                Roles and Responsibilities/Governance Standards

                              Zenda Bowie, Consultant, GSBA
                              Dr. Joseph C. Barrow, Jr., Interim Executive Director, Georgia School Superintendents Association (GSSA)

12:00 – 1:00 PM       Lunch

1:00 – 2:30 PM         Key Items of Importance for New School Board Members:
                                 Governance Team Domains

                               Dr. Samuel King
                               Dr. Donna Hinton, Senior Board Development Specialist, GSBA

2:30 – 2:45 PM         Break

2:45 – 3:05 PM         The Role of Member Engagement
                               Julie Rhame, Director of Member Engagement, GSBA

3:05 – 3:45 PM         Governance Team Tools & Resources
                               Mark Willis, Assistant Executive Director, GSBA

3:45 PM                   Wrap up