The School Board’s Role
“Most school board members are genuine advocates for employees, but it is not uncommon for school boards to be perceived by employees as being aloof and disinterested in the plight of individual school employees. The Utrust Employee Appreciation Program provides an excellent opportunity for the board to drastically improve its image with employees.” Dan Tollett, Utrust Administrator.
The plan outlined below requires relatively little effort on the part of the school board or its members but if accompanied with a high level of interest and support will pay great dividends.
1. Adopt a resolution establishing the program in the school district.
The board can take ownership of the Utrust Appreciation Program in the school district by adopting the resolution provided by Utrust after personalizing it to establish the program in the school district. Read more
2. Individually participate in appreciation days.
Each board member should make a special effort to visit a school or schools on each of the eight appreciation days. The purpose of the visit is to personally thank individuals in the group being honored. Read more
3. Hear a report following each appreciation day.
At the meeting following each appreciation day, the board should have an agenda item for a brief report from the system coordinator or the superintendent on the activities of the appreciation day in the school district. Read more
The four activities suggested above will not take a great deal of time on the part of the board or board members. However, these activities will enhance school employee’s opinions of the board and its members. Added to the other activities celebrated on the appreciation day, it will be a significant morale booster. Board recognition is very important to school employees. The Utrust Appreciation Program is built on the notion that everyone should do a little so that no one will have to do an inordinate amount of work to make the appreciation days successful. When the board does its part, it makes a tremendous difference.