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House of Representatives
Session of 2015 - 2016 Regular Session


Posted: February 29, 2016 12:19 PM
From: Representative Stan Saylor
To: All House members
Subject: School Board Training
In the near future, I plan to introduce legislation regarding school board member training.

Please join me by cosponsoring legislation that will require each newly elected, appointed, or current school board member to undergo a training program regarding the skills and knowledge pertaining to running a school district. The training program will be developed by the Pennsylvania Department of Education, in consultation with the Pennsylvania School Boards Association and the Pennsylvania Association of School Business Officials.

Beginning in the 2017-2018 school year, each newly elected or appointed school board member must complete a training program that will consist of eight hours of instruction to include the following:
  • Instruction and academic programs;
  • Personnel;
  • Fiscal management;
  • Operations;
  • Governance
Each school board member who is reelected or reappointed must complete within one year, an advanced training program that will consist of four hours of instruction, including information on changes to Federal and State public school law and regulations, fiscal management and other information deemed appropriate by the Department of Education.

Any school board member who is in office on the effective date of this legislation, must complete the training program required for newly elected or newly appointed school board members by June 30th, 2018.

The purpose of this legislation is to ensure that our local school board members have the necessary knowledge to carry out the vital responsibilities associated with running our local school districts.

Introduced as HB1906