New School Board Member Resources

Welcome new board members!

Serving on your local school board is the ultimate public service, and we’re excited to welcome you to the Oklahoma State School Boards Association family. Since 1944, OSSBA has proudly provided training and assistance to school board members and public school districts throughout Oklahoma.

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Board Member Training Requirements

For board members elected or appointed on or after Jan. 1, 2014, Oklahoma law dictates board members complete certain training requirements within 15 months of appointment/election and annually to remain in good standing. Get information on training requirements here.

OSSBA Live and On-Demand Learning

OSSBA offers a variety of live online and recorded workshops and webinars to help provide you with important governance information and to meet your state-mandated training requirements. You can find our upcoming events here and our library of on-demand events here.

Dates to Know

  • Board members elected or seated in February 2020 must complete their designated training requirements before the end of May 2021, 15 months from the date of election.
  • Board members elected or seated in June 2020 must complete their designated training requirements before the end of October 2021, 15 months from the date of election.
  • All board members must also obtain the equivalent of 3 hours per year of service in any category. To be eligible to file for reelection, members serving on a three-member board of education must complete their additional credit requirements before the end of November 2022. Members serving on a five-member board of education must complete their additional credit requirements before the end of November 2024.

Get to Know the OSSBA Member Portal

OSSBA’s member portal is designed to provide school board members and administrative employees of member school districts easy access to information. Get more information on accessing the portal here.

  • View events attended and board member credit information, including whether the 15-month and term continuing education requirements have been met.
  • View and update contact information.
  • Register and pay for events and view event registrations.
  • Access workshop presentations and materials.
  • Chat with other new board members via the online forum.

There is never a charge to call OSSBA for help, information or advice! OSSBA is here to support you as you carry out the important work of serving your students, districts and communities. We look forward to working with you in the future.