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District Board Retreats
Board retreats are a way of bonding board members and improving their ability to work together. Retreats also provide time for in depth study of district concerns.
- A Friday evening to Sunday evening retreat seems to be the longest block of time that board members can allot to this task
- An annual retreat in May or early June is preferred by most districts that have a spring Annual meeting.
- Retreats are more efficient if board members live together for the duration and are isolated from outside influences and activities.
- The retreat may involve:
- getting acquainted
- review and evaluation of past year
- brain storming for program priorities for the coming year
- selecting program
- developing a budget
- setting goals
- assessing leadership styles
- deciding committee liaisons
- making assignments based on individual interests of board members
- setting the calendar