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Most webinars satisfy one hour of the 8-hour annual board chair/superintendent joint training requirements as stated in 16 V.S.A. § 561(b) provided both parties attend together.​ 


16 VSA Section 561 requires that


(b) At least annually, the chairs of each school board within a supervisory union, the chair of the supervisory union board, and the superintendent shall jointly participate in at least eight hours of professional training that, at a minimum, addresses:

  1. educational leadership;

  2. the relative roles and responsibilities of the supervisory union board, the school district boards, and the superintendent;

  3. the Vermont Open Meeting Law, 1 V.S.A. §§ 310-314;

  4. Vermont law regarding access to public records, 1 V.S.A. §§ 315-320;

  5. collective bargaining; and

  6. education funding and school finance laws. (Added 1969, No. 298 (Adj. Sess.), § 38; amended 2007, No. 66, § 4; 2013, No. 56, § 13, eff. May 30, 2013; 2013, No. 92 (Adj. Sess.), § 67, eff. Feb. 14, 2014.)

Everyone registering to attend any webinar will receive an email following the webinar with a link to the video, handouts and any follow-up materials.

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Proposed VSBA Resolutions

September 7, 2023

VSBA Resolutions provide guidance to staff and the VSBA board when they are working in the legislature or developing programs and services for members. Learn about each VSBA resolution proposed for consideration for FY 2024 and understand the board's positions to establish your SU/SD position for voting at the Annual Meeting at Lake Morey on October 26.


Resolutions are generated by member school district boards, the VSBA Board, and its Resolution Committee. The committee makes a recommendation to the full board of "pass", "do not pass", or "take no position" on each resolution. Then, one delegate from each VSBA-member SU/SD votes on all resolutions at the Annual Meeting.

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The Role of the School Board in Hearings

October 3, 2023

The district has a lot at stake. Do you have personal legal protection? What is a hearing? What is due process in a student discipline or termination of an employee hearing?  What does and what should the board know in advance? What are the roles of the administrator, the board members, and the board chair. Should the hearing be in open meeting or executive session? What are rules of evidence and burden of proof?

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