Call for Resolutions – Response due by Midnight October 6, 2020
Attention all Board Presidents, Superintendents, and Board Secretaries!
It’s that time again! AASB solicits resolutions, resolution amendments, and comments from local school boards for consideration by the 2020 Resolutions Committee on Nov. 5th at a virtual meeting and then by the membership at a virtual delegate assembly on Sunday, November 8th. These resolutions guide our association for the coming year beginning November 9th, 2020. They also guide our advocacy and positions during the upcoming legislative session.
Important dates for your board to know about the upcoming resolutions process for fall 2020:
- Member district review, amendments, new resolutions, and comments period – Due to AASB Tuesday, October 6, 2020, by midnight.
- Compiled comments, amendments and new resolutions submissions available for membership review – Saturday, October 17th
- Resolutions Committee Meeting (virtual meeting) Thursday, November 5, 2020
- Delegate Assembly to adopt resolutions – Sunday, November 8, 2020
Given the pandemic and the AASB Board of Directors’ decision to hold a virtual annual conference and delegate assembly, we ask each school board to carefully review the resolutions packet and advance only those resolutions or amendments that they deem necessary. This will be the first time we have attempted a delegate assembly that is not in-person, and the more we can keep it concise and straightforward, the more likely it will be successful. Nonetheless, it is critically important that our resolutions adequately cover the issues facing school boards and public education, so please think carefully about the issues facing your district and possibly others across the state.
The following documents can be found at Resolutions Documents.
The AASB Board of Directors at its August 2020 meeting reviewed the current resolutions scheduled to sunset. The AASB Board has recommended the renewal of all but one resolution that is scheduled to sunset. Resolution 5.18 Urging Changes to the Mandated State Testing has been recommended to sunset as it was viewed as was too duplicative of 5.30. A list of all resolutions due to sunset is included in a separate document (Sunsetting Resolutions-BOD Recommendations.pdf).
The AASB Board of Directors voted to put forward one new resolution: New 5.31 Alaska Standards for Culturally Responsive Schools – AASB BOD. The AASB Board has also forwarded a modest amendment to resolution 5.2 Curriculum Expansion via Distance Delivery. Both of these items can be found within the full resolutions document and as separate documents.
The AASB Board also forwarded the following comments:
- Resolution 2.48 Raising the Cap on Carry Over of Previous Year Funding could be revised to be more persuasive in advocating for the need to raise the fund balance maximum from 10% to 15%. Given the uncertain financial situation all districts face regarding the pandemic, economic downturn, CARES Act funding, and state and local fiscal conditions.
- The AASB Board recommends that the membership review 4.8 Relating to Health Care Costs and Medical Insurance ensure the body of the resolution and the rationale are contemporary for our times.
Process for Boards
Boards may submit new resolutions, amendments to existing resolutions or comments concerning any resolution or belief statement. All submissions should come from the Board as a whole. Remember, only the title and resolution are voted on by the membership, not the rationale. We do welcome comments about the rationale, especially if they become outdated or contain erroneous information.
To comment on or put forward suggested resolution changes, AASB requests your board schedule time to discuss the resolutions at a regular meeting and vote by official board action. The deadlinespecified by AASB bylaws for the AASB office to receive your comments and proposals is Tuesday, October 6, 2020.
We require all submissions of comments, new resolutions, or amended resolutions be submitted digitally via email by the date specified above. A PDF fillable form is included for your use and to aid you in the proper convention when submitting new or amended resolutions and comments. Each board should also send accompanying documentation such as a cover letter from the board president stating when the board took official action on the resolutions.
All resolutions received will be compiled, and a complete set of resolutions containing proposals from districts will be sent back to your board 20 days before the annual conference, which is Oct. 17, 2020. If you have any questions regarding the resolutions, please email Lon Garrison or Norm Wooten or call 463-1660.
Two webinars are scheduled to review the Resolutions Process. The first will be Thursday, August 13, at noon AST. A repeat of the first webinar will occur on Thursday, August 27th, at noon AST.
Webinars will be hosted by Lon Garrison and Norm Wooten to review the process and answer any questions.
Thank you for your board’s continued commitment to providing every student with an excellent education, every day! We look forward to receiving your comments, amendments, and resolutions.
Katie Oliver, Resolutions Committee Chair
Lon Garrison, Director of Membership Services