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2019 Delegate Assembly Approves Multiple Changes to MASB’s Resolutions & Bylaws

Jennifer Smith

By Jennifer Smith, MASB Director of Government Relations

DashBoard, Nov. 13, 2019

MASB’s Delegate Assembly was held on Friday, Nov. 8, before MASB’s Annual Leadership Conference at the Grand Traverse Resort & Spa in Acme. Voting delegates from more than 150 districts in 44 counties attended along with many nonvoting members.

This annual event allows MASB members to consider, debate and adopt resolutions that affect public education and Michigan’s schools. As a member-driven organization, MASB delegates, selected by their school boards, have an important voice in shaping those resolutions and, therefore, the direction of our Association.

The evening started with an introduction of the MASB Board of Directors, a legislative update regarding the state budget and an address from Executive Director Don Wotruba, CAE. Amendments to 18 resolutions and one bylaw were put forward by the MASB Resolutions & Bylaws Committee. One new resolution was sent to the Committee by the Kenowa Hills Public Schools Board of Education for consideration as well. The new resolution was for MASB to support adding sexual orientation, gender identity and expression to the Elliott Larsen Civil Rights Act. After a healthy debate, the new resolution was approved.

The amendments made to the 18 resolutions and the one new resolution were adopted as proposed and outlined in the 2019 Delegate Assembly Handbook. There was one amendment made on the floor to Resolution G-5.07, Disciplinary Education Programs. The amendment added parents and guardians to the language. The resolution was then unanimously adopted.

Finally, there was one floor resolution brought to the Assembly. Mona Shores Public Schools presented a resolution to support voluntary school board training but oppose a mandate for it. This was in response to legislation recently introduced, with MASB’s support, to require basic mandatory training for school board members and requiring the state to pay for it. The legislation was drafted off of MASB’s legislative priority. After presentation, the resolution did not receive a majority support to be considered. However, the issue was discussed at length at the Legislative Update on Sunday.

Thank you to all who served on the Resolutions and Bylaws Committee, submitted proposed amendments, served as voting delegates, supported those voting delegates and attended the Assembly. If you have ideas you’d like incorporated into our resolutions and bylaws for the next Delegate Assembly, please discuss them with your board as they can be submitted beginning next year to the Resolutions & Bylaws Committee. And, as always, please feel free to contact MASB Government Relations staff with any questions. Our Association is stronger as a result of your combined voices.

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