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Brochu Says Professionalism Key to Effective School Boards

January 17, 2014

In an interview in the current issue of American School Board Journal, Gary Brochu, a partner in the firm’s School Law practice and President of the Berlin (Connecticut) Board of Education, highlights the importance of creating a standard of professionalism to guide the conduct of boards and their members.

A key suggestion offered in “A Guide to Good Board Behavior” is to develop a board member handbook that conveys core values and a shared understanding of the job of board members, sets standards for thorough and well-informed deliberations, and creates a board culture that maintains continuity rather than depends on individuals’ personalities or dedication.

Ultimately, according to Mr. Brochu, board members have an obligation to model behavior for the entire school district, and the handbook is a fundamental tool for setting the tone.

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