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Policy Date: 11/06/2001

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The Hooksett School Board places a high priority on the importance of a planned and continuing
program of in-service education for its members. The central purpose of the program is to
enhance the quality and effectiveness of public school governance in our community. The Board
will attempt to plan specific in-service activities designed to assist board members in their efforts
to improve their skills as members of a policy-making body; to expand their knowledge about
trends, issues, and new ideas affecting the continued welfare of our local schools; and to deepen
their insights into the nature of leadership in a modern democratic society.

Funds shall be budgeted annually to support the program. The public shall be kept informed
through the news media about the Hooksett School Board’s continuing in-service education and
the programs anticipated for short and long-range benefits to our schools.

The Hooksett Board regards the following as the kinds of activities and services appropriate for
implementing this policy:
1. Participation in school board conferences, workshops, and conventions.
2. District-sponsored training sessions for board members.
3. Subscriptions to publications addressed to the concerns of board members.

In order to control both the investment of time and funds necessary to implement this policy, the
Board establishes these principles and procedures:
1. A calendar of school board conferences, conventions, and workshops shall be maintained by
the Superintendent or designee. The Board will periodically decide which meetings appear to
be most promising in terms of producing direct and indirect benefits to the Hooksett School
2. Funds for participation at such meetings will be budgeted on an annual basis. When funds
are limited, the Board will designate which of its members would be the most appropriate to
participate at a given meeting.
3. Board members shall be reimbursed their expenses in attending approved development
4. When a conference, convention, or workshop is not attended by the full Board, those who do
participate will be requested to share information, recommendations, and materials acquired
at the meeting.

Hooksett School Board members are encouraged to attend workshops presented by the state and
national school boards associations.

Adopted: November 6, 2001