Basic Resources for School Board Members

The WASB created this webpage to provide a compilation of basic governance, legal, policy, advocacy and other resources intended to help new school board members get started. For more information on any of these topics, please visit the related department website pages. Please contact the WASB with any questions.

Basic Resources Pre-Recorded WEBINARS —
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Taking Office as a School Board Member
An Introduction to Wisconsin School Law
An Overview of Wisconsin’s Open Meetings Law
School Board Meetings
The Public Records Obligations of Individual Board Members
School Board Member Conflicts of Interest
Taking Office —
Meetings and Voting —
Open Meetings Law —
Public Records —
Employment —
Finance —
  • School Finance 101
  • WASB/WASBO The Budget Cycle Handbook (A primer on the budgeting process from strategic planning to preparation, presentation, administration and evaluation of a budget. Available for $40 for members and non-members. Log in to the WASB website to order.)
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