DashBoard, Oct. 4, 2017

House Bill 4313 was signed into law on July 14, 2017. One of its many repercussions was that it created a new Section (164h) within the State School Aid Act. This provision contains a 5% state aid penalty that may be levied against districts for entering into a collective bargaining agreement that:

Some years ago, a scholarly article was written that referenced the disappearing superintendent applicant. The authors predicted that—because the superintendency was becoming less and less desirable for a variety of reasons—fewer people would choose to apply for the position in the years to come. In the nearly two decades that have passed, time has proven half of the predication to be true and the other half to be, well, complicated.

If you’ve been hesitant to register for the 2017 Annual Leadership Conference because you’re concerned about where you’ll be able to lay your head and rest after a full day of learning and networking because the conference hotel is sold out, fear not as MASB has secured several additional hotel properties to accommodate member needs.

DashBoard, Oct. 11, 2017

The 2017 Delegate Assembly Handbook, your guide to everything that will happen at this year's meeting, is now available for download.

Access the Handbook here and take time to discuss with your board how you intend to vote on the proposed amendments.

In MASB's continued efforts to be green, hard copies of the handbooks will not be mailed so please download and review the document prior to the meeting on Thursday, Nov. 9, 2017, at the Lansing Center during the 2017 MASB Annual Leadership Conference.

If you have any questions, contact MASB staff at 517.327.5900 or

After going to print on the Fall 2017 LeaderBoard magazine, which noted Michigan ranked 31 in Wallethub’s 2016 Best States for Teachers report, the 2017 results were released and showed our state making a drastic leap to number 12.

The 2017 edition of the Michigan Council of School Attorneys Fall Conference includes two preconference sessions (morning and afternoon) for MASB's Annual Leadership Conference that focus on the legal issues currently confronting school officials.

Most, if not all, school districts in Michigan maintain websites to communicate with their parents, students and communities. Districts are free to post a variety of materials on their websites, but they are also required by state statute to post a great deal of information. A list of major requirements that districts should be aware of as they maintain their websites can be found below. This is by no means an exhaustive list of all website requirements for school districts. There are, no doubt, requirements based on local district policy and/or administrative rules that are not reflected here.

DashBoard, Oct. 18, 2017

Jeanice Kerr Swift, Ph.D., Superintendent of Ann Arbor Public Schools was recognized earlier this week as the 2018 Michigan Superintendent of the Year by the Michigan Association of School Administrators. MASB spoke with AAPS Board of Education President Christine Stead about what Swift and this recognition has done for the district.

In less than a month, school board members from almost every district in the state will be gathering to represent their district at the Delegate Assembly, which establishes policy and rules for the Association through resolutions and bylaws. These are used to provide direction to MASB, its officers and committees throughout the year. The annual Delegate Assembly takes place on Thursday evening prior to the official start of MASB’s Annual Leadership Conference.

If your district is struggling at the bargaining table with a perceived lack of trust and honesty between the parties, it may be time to initiate a different approach to the process. Interest-based bargaining is a collaborative-based strategy, led by a facilitator, which is designed to bring both sides together as a single “team” in order to build rapport and solve issues.

Submitted by Molly Mellema, Associate Administrator of the MASB-SEG Property/Casualty Pool and SEG Self-Insurer Workers’ Compensation Fund

In October 2016, the Eastern Upper Peninsula Intermediate School District became aware that a data system that houses Personally Identifiable Information was actively under attack. The district immediately responded to the incident and the IT team shut down access to the district’s network, effectively ensuring the attackers no longer had access to the data and mitigating the threat. Damage assessment quickly ensued and EUP ISD Superintendent Dan Reattoir, Ed.D. was notified of the situation. Dan immediately contacted the district’s insurance carrier, SET SEG, for assistance in working with his IT team to investigate and respond to the incident.

VIP Focus articles are company-sponsored advertisements and do not necessarily reflect the views or positions of MASB. It’s intended to provide Very Important Partners with a space to share information of value to you and your district.

DashBoard, Oct. 25, 2017

The MASB Annual Leadership Conference offers more than content-rich Preconference Sessions, General Session speakers, clinic sessions and Board Member Certification (CBA) classes. In addition to the extensive education opportunities and idea sharing, picking up best practices and experiences with peers from around the state, dozens of companies gather in one place to showcase the very best in school products and services. Whether you’re building a new school, adding new technology, or outsourcing transportation or food services now or in the future, this is the place to be.

Last week, House Bills 5139-5142 and 5145 were introduced, which would outline education requirements for schools to implement for their career and technological education curriculum. Advocates for this legislation hope that it will help reduce the skills gap that they believe is widening between Michigan’s population and its employment needs. The legislation would create educational plans to ensure Michigan students have access to CTE programs in career fields most in need of positions to be filled.

In the past few weeks, we have had a number of questions in the office about record retention. Generally, school districts have an obligation to keep all sorts of records―sometimes forever! Below are some basics that school employees, in particular, should know.