A school board automatically qualifies for the Certified Board Distinction when a majority of the board members has completed the annual renewal requirements. The FSBA Office monitors and determines when this distinction is earned by a school board. A school board is notified by the FSBA Office upon qualification for the distinction.
To qualify as a Certified Board, a majority of the board members must have completed the Certified Board Member (CBM) Program in effect at the time of their election and must have satisfied the annual renewal requirements (18 points). The CBM Program is designed for individual board members and effective November 2004, requires a minimum of 96 points in 12 core curricular areas. The number of points required for each curricular area of the CBM Program are specified below:
|12||points for completion of the FSBA Boardsmanship training module|
|12||points for completion of the FSBA School Finance training module|
|7||points for completion of the FSBA Policy Governance training module|
|7||points for completion of the FSBA Personnel and Bargaining Issues training module|
|12||points in Curriculum and Instruction|
|12||points in State/Federal Legislative and Administrative Processes|
|12||points in School Law|
|8||points in Planning Overview|
|6||points in Communications/Public Relations|
|3||points in Community and Family Involvement|
|3||points in Current Trends and Issues|
|2||points Elective (any curricular area).|
Three (3) points must be completed in multicultural/diversity (applicable in any curricular area).
December 2008 and June 2012
December 1997, June 2003, November 2005, December 2007, and June 2008
St. Johns County
December 2003, June 2004, and June 2009
June 1999, June 2002, December 2002, June 2003, June 2010, and October 2013
Q: For whom is the Certified Board Distinction designed?
A: This Distinction is bestowed upon a school board through the efforts of individual board members who have earned the distinction of Certified Board Member.
Q: Is the Certified Board Distinction a mandatory designation for school boards?
A: NO! All board development programs and distinctions under the direction of the Florida School Boards Association are voluntary.
Q: What is the purpose of the Certified Board Distinction?
A: This Distinction was established to acknowledge a school board that has actively pursued a formalized training program for developing a high level of boardsmanship skills and knowledge in 12 curricular areas.
Q: How many school boards have earned the Certified Board Distinction?
A: Twenty (20) school boards have been recognized as a Certified Board. The Certified Board Distinction was initially awarded in June 1994.
Q: What “group” training is required of a school board to be recognized as a Certified Board?
A: None! This distinction does not require the school board to collectively engage in training activities or to complete a prescribed curricular component. The Certified Board Distinction recognizes the school board for successful individual participation in the Certified Board Member Program.
Q: How is a Certified Board honored?
A: A school board receives a plaque when the eligibility criterion is satisfied. Only the names of those school board members who have actually earned and maintained the distinction of Certified Board Member are inscribed on the plaque.
Q: When is a school board awarded the Certified Board plaque?
A: The school board is recognized and the plaque is presented at the FSBA Annual Spring Conference in June and the FSBA Annual Joint Conference in November/December.
Q: What occurs if a school board has been designated as a Certified Board and another member completes the Certified Board Member Program?
A: A new plaque is issued to the school board to include the names of all members who have earned the Certified Board Member Distinction and have met the annual CBM renewal requirements. The new plaque will be presented to the school board at the FSBA Annual Spring Conference in June or the FSBA Annual Joint Conference in November/December.
Q: How long is a school board distinguished as a Certified Board?
A: The Distinction of Certified Board remains in effect as long as a majority of the members have earned the Certified Board Member Distinction.
Q: Does the FSBA Office notify the community when a school board has earned the Certified Board Distinction?
A: YES! Press releases are provided to daily and weekly newspapers that are in circulation within the community. Board members are notified in advance about the press releases.
Q: How does a school board know if it qualifies as a Certified Board?
A: The FSBA Office notifies all members of the school board when the eligibility criterion for the Certified Board Distinction is satisfied.
Q: Does a school board need to apply for the Certified Board Distinction?
A: NO! The FSBA Office maintains records of participants in the Certified Board Member Program and determines when a school board qualifies as a Certified Board.
Q: What is the deadline for a school board to requalify for the Certified Board Distinction when a majority of the members no longer hold the Certified Board Member Distinction?
A: There is no time requirement associated with requalification.