Anne M. Bryne of New York’s Nanuet Union Free School District was named as president-elect of NSBA during Friday’s Delegate Assembly. John Tuttle of Kellyville, Okla., was elected secretary-treasurer.
Under NSBA’s constitution, current President-Elect David A. Pickler of Tennessee’s Shelby County Schools will become board president during Monday’s General Session. C. Ed Massey, the current president, becomes past president.
The Delegate Assembly also elected the following as regional directors: Tim Sivertson of Wisconsin (Central Region), JoDee Sundberg of Utah (Pacific Region), Robert F. Alvey Jr. of Tennessee (Southern Region), Neil G. Putnam of South Dakota (Western Region), and Kristin Malin of Maine (Northeast Region).
In other business, the Delegate Assembly adopted a series of beliefs and policies to help govern NSBA and guide the Board of Directors and association staff in the year ahead. Among them:
• NSBA supports the need for comprehensive strategies to significantly reduce poverty in the U.S. that undermines public education’s ability to educate and fully develop the potential of our student population. NSBA further recognizes and supports the importance of holding high expectations for all children.
• NSBA supports local school boards to consider (1) out-of-school suspensions as a last resort to address behavior issues in schools; and (2) increase the use of other proven strategies and interventions that maximize the opportunities for all students to have a safe and successful in-school experience.
• NSBA opposes any efforts to subsidize tuition or expenses at elementary and secondary private, religious, or home schools with public tax dollars. Specifically, NSBA opposes vouchers, tax credits, and tax subsidies for use at non-public K-12 schools.
The Delegate Assembly also passed a series of resolutions urging Congress:
• To authorize and fully fund Impact Aid.
• To fully fund Title I and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).
• To maintain the federal tax exemption for interest on bonds issued by state and local governments, including school districts.
• To support the governance role of local school boards from unnecessary requirements and costs imposed by the U.S. Department of Education.
• To provide greater and sustained resources for locally determined programs that are critical to school safety such as school resource officers, school counseling, emergency preparedness, and response training, interagency coordination, and a comprehensive resource guide on available federal assistance.
• To complete the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act.
• To support research and implementation of local developed strategies to improve teacher and principal effectiveness.
• To strengthen the E-rate program to ensure its efficient operation, improve the quality and speed of connectivity in our nation’s schools, and address the technology gaps that remain.