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Board of Education Retreat Sets the Stage for the New School Year…and Beyond

The Hendrick Hudson Board of Education met for its annual in-district retreat during the last week of July, identifying priorities for the new school year, reviewing the board’s outreach and communication goals, and reviewing the district’s soon-to-be-released Strategic Plan.

With three newly elected board members, the three-day retreat served as a bit of a crash course, starting off with a focus on team building and a review of roles and responsibilities. Following some “ice breaker” activities, the board examined its charge under New York State education law, conducted a communications inventory and began initial discussions regarding priorities for the 2022-23 school year.

During the second day of the retreat, a representative from the New York State School Boards Association led a day-long workshop on best practices for NYS boards of education. Topics included the organization of board meetings and the significant legalities of being a board member as they relate to school personnel, contract negotiations and district finances. The board also role-played various scenarios to better understand members’ roles and responsibilities.

“As the new board President, I truly look forward to leading this highly motivated group,” said BOE President Alexis Bernard. “Spending the week learning about ourselves, as well as our board roles and responsibilities, was insightful and wonderful. I look forward to goal setting this August with the team.”

On the final day of the retreat, the board met with the district’s strategic plan facilitators, who described the enormous amount of community participation that took place over the past year and shared some of the themes that emerged during the planning process. Board members discussed strategies for leading and managing change while implementing the plan’s initiatives, along with methods for engaging the community in these efforts.

“I am excited for the new school year, as we fine-tune the goals identified through the Strategic Planning process,” said BOE Vice President Alixandra Philbin. “The Board of Education is committed to creating a district that prioritizes student success and community engagement.”

The board plans to meet again later this month to continue its work ahead of the start of the 2022-23 school year.

BOE retreat collage