In recognition of the need for continuing inservice training and development for its members, the Board of Education encourages the participation of all members in meetings and activities of area and state associations as well as in the activities of other educational groups. Board members are encouraged to study and examine materials received from these organizations.

In order to control both the investment of time and funds necessary to implement this policy, the Board establishes these principles and procedures for its guidance:

1. The Superintendent of Schools will distribute copies of announcements of school board conferences, conventions, and workshops to all Board members to enable them to decide which meetings appear to be most promising in terms of producing direct and indirect benefits to the school district.

2. The Board will reimburse conference attendees for reasonable and necessary expenses not paid for directly by the district (travel, hotel, meals, registration). Funds for conference attendance will be budgeted for on an annual basis. When funds are limited, the Board will designate which of its members should attend a given meeting.

3. When any Board member attends a conference, convention or workshop, the members should be prepared to report at the next regular Board meeting on information, recommendations, and materials acquired at the meeting.

Adopted: February 26, 1996