When filling a vacant board slot, what questions should applicants be asked during interviews?

Questions to ask potential new board members:

  • What skill set do you bring to the board?
  • What do you think it takes to create a team that can work toward a common objective and what would you bring to that team?
  • What is your understanding of the relationship between a board and the superintendent?
  • Explain your understanding of “governance” and “management”.
  • Why do you want to be a school board member?
  • Tell us about your experiences with the ABC schools.
  • If selected as a school board member how would see your role with the community/parents/students/staff?
  • If you could change one thing about our school, what would that be?
  • What area of school board service interests you the most?

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