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SKSB has six-hour session

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For the Keizertimes

Policy governance was the subject of a six-hour work session the Salem-Keizer School Board held with administrators and a facilitator Tuesday.

The session covered conduct of board members, the role of the board chair, executive limitations on the superintendent, delegation of authority, monitoring of superintendent performance and differences between board policies and those set by the superintendent.

The facilitator was Gene Huddle of Tucson, Ariz., who had worked with the board 10 years earlier in a similar session. Huddle, a longtime educator in several capacities, spent five years in the U.S. Department of Education, was dean of education at Texas State University and had his own consulting business for 20 years.

“I always am amazed,” Huddle said at the start of his presentation, “that there are people who are willing to take on the thankless job of board members.”

He asked board members what their best hopes for the session were.

Nancy MacMorris-Adix said she hoped for better dialogue among board members.

Chris Brantley said his main concern was for the board and superintendent to work well together. He added that he was frustrated by the lack of opportunity directors have to discuss non-agenda matters with people who bring them up at board meetings.

Administrators handed out copies of district policies board had adopted in past years, mostly from 2007.

No significant changes were proposed for the district policies.