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2350 - Board of Education Activities

Policy: Board of Education Activities                       Policy Number: 2350
Date of Original Policy: 07/10/2002 Date Revision Adopted: 09/21/2011
Reviewed by Policy Committee: 09/16/2020  Date of Next Review: 08/17/2023
Replacement of Policy Number: 2320, 2310 & 2330    

Attendance of Board Members at Conferences, Conventions, Workshop

The Jordan-Elbridge Central School District believes that continuing in-service training and development are important for its Board of Education members.  The Jordan-Elbridge Central School District, therefore, encourages the participation of all board members at appropriate school board conferences, conventions, workshops and/or webinars which are believed to be of benefit to the School District and Board of Education as a whole.  However, in order to control both the investment of time and funds necessary to implement this policy, the following guidelines have been established:
a)      A calendar of school board conferences, conventions, workshops and/or webinars shall be maintained by the Board Clerk. The Board will periodically decide which meetings appear to be most likely to produce direct and indirect benefits to the School District. At least annually, the Board will identify those new ideas or procedures and/or cost benefits that can be ascribed to participation at such meetings based on established annual goals set forth by the Board of Education and the Superintendent.  
b)      Funds for participation at such conferences, conventions, workshops and/or webinars and the like will be budgeted for on an annual basis.  When funds are limited, the Board will designate which members are to participate.  
c)      Reimbursement to Board members for all actual and necessary registration fees, expenses of travel, meals and lodging, and all necessary tuition fees incurred in connection with attendance at conferences and the like will be in accordance with established regulations for expense reimbursement.  
1.    There will no reimbursement for alcoholic beverages.  
2.    Meals are not to exceed $50.00 per day.
3.    Mileage will reimbursed at IRS rates.
d)     When a conference, convention, workshop and/or webinar is not attended by the full Board, those who do participate shall be required to share information, recommendations and materials acquired at the board meeting following their return.
The authorization for Board members to attend a conference, convention, workshop and/or webinar and the like shall be by Board resolution adopted prior to such attendance. However, the Board, in its discretion, may delegate the power to authorize attendance at such conferences to the President of the Board of Education.
Where authorization has been delegated to the President of the Board, no expense or claim form shall be paid unless a travel order or similar document signed by the President is attached to such form, authorizing the claimant to attend the conference.
General Municipal Law Section 777-b and 77-c
Education Law Section 2118

Membership in Associations

In the interest of the District, the Jordan-Elbridge Central School District has the option to be a member of the New York State and the Onondaga County School Boards Associations. Additionally, the Board may maintain membership and participate cooperatively in other associations.
Education Law Section 1618
Comptroller’s Opinion 81-255

Compensation and Expenses

No member of the Board may receive any compensation for his/her services unless he/she shall also serve as District Clerk and be paid as Clerk.  All members of the Board of Education may be reimbursed for actual expenses incurred in representing the District.  All bills or claims for reimbursement must be itemized in reasonable detail. 
Education Law Section 2118
General Municipal Law Section 777-b

Superintendent: James R. Froio
Phone: 315.689.8500
Address: 9 N. Chappell St., PO Box 902 | Jordan, NY 13080