OSSBA Services

The Oklahoma State School Boards Association offers a wide range of services to better serve you as a school board member and to assist your school district.

ASSEMBLE PAPERLESS MEETINGS

A user-friendly online service specifically designed for school boards. Users can eliminate unnecessary paperwork, increase efficiency and reduce costs while enabling board members to utilize the latest in cutting edge technology.

BOARD DEVELOPMENT

Equipping school board members with information to become effective leaders is at the core of OSSBA’s mission. OSSBA offers several opportunities for school leaders to improve governance. Workshops, region meetings, the annual conference and customized training provided at significantly reduced rates to school districts are available to help school leaders obtain information on new trends and best practices needed to become effective leaders.

BUYBOARD

An online group purchasing program for subscribing school districts. OSSBA member school districts are able to request quotes and purchase needed items.

COMMUNICATIONS SERVICES

A strong communications plan can help build meaningful relationships and trust. The OSSBA Communications team is on hand to help you build public relations resources, including project-based and dedicated communications support. Communications training is also available in small group, large group and individual opportunities on a variety of topics ranging from social media to crisis communications.

CONTINUOUS STRATEGIC IMPROVEMENT

This strategic planning service is partnership with the K20 Center for Educational and Community Renewal at the University of Oklahoma to help districts through the process of developing a five-year plan. This comprehensive process will engage all stakeholder groups to create universal ownership and support for district and school improvement.

E-FUNDS

An easy to use, sophisticated online payment processing service that is free to the school district to use.

EMERGING LEADERS ACADEMY

The Cooperative Council for Oklahoma School Administration and Oklahoma State School Boards Association work together to provide the year-long Emerging Leaders Academy. Geared towards Oklahoma education professionals who have a superintendent’s license and aspire to be a superintendent, the Emerging Leaders Academy features project and problem-based learning opportunities.

EMPLOYMENT SERVICES

The OSSBA employment services team works closely with districts to reduce, if not remove, the time, energy, and pressure it takes to handle employment matters.

FACILITY PLANNING SERVICES

A safe and inviting school environment helps support quality instruction and programs for students. Our team can help create a capital investment plan for your district by developing and using reliable enrollment forecasting, facility assessments and community engagement. We can also assist with the promotion of the capital investment plan within your community to increase the probability of your success at the polls.

JOB BOARD

Our free job board is a great place for districts to post vacancies! Districts manage their own postings through our easy-to-use system and can also share upcoming recruitment events and career fairs.

LEGAL INFORMATION

Legal information is a core member service that OSSBA provides FREE with membership. Each year, our attorneys field more than 20,000 calls and emails from administrators and school board members! OSSBA attorneys also are on-call until 9 p.m. the first and second Monday nights of each month to assist with legal issues that arise during board meetings.

OK ASSOCIATION OF SCHOOL ADMINISTRATIVE PROFESSIONALS

This support service provides continuing education opportunities and help to district personnel who provide critical support to the school board. Membership is open to OSSBA-member districts’ administrative employees, including minutes clerks, encumbrance clerks and treasurers.

OKLAHOMA LIBRARY OF DIGITAL RESOURCES

The Oklahoma Library of Digital Resources is an innovative project to provide Oklahoma educators with high-quality, interactive teaching resources. It launched in August 2016 as a collection of digital content resources for pre-k through high school core courses and tied to Oklahoma Academic Standards. The resources help bridge the digital equity gap among students while helping schools make the most of limited resource and so teachers can incorporate digital learning opportunities into their lessons.

OKLAHOMA LIQUID ASSET POOL (OLAP)

Allows public school districts to safely control their internal interest earnings, providing additional dollars to increase the quality of educational services available to students across Oklahoma.

OKLAHOMA SCHOOLS SECURE PURCHASING CARD

This purchasing card program is jointly sponsored by OSSBA and CCOSA, creating flexible, streamlined purchasing options through a third-party financial institution, and will provide accountability and reduce paperwork with regard to school expenditures.

OKLAHOMA SCHOOLS RISK MANAGEMENT TRUST (OSRMT)

An advocate for Oklahoma public schools, the Oklahoma State School Boards Association endorses the Oklahoma Schools Risk Management Trust (OSRMT). As an alternative to commercial insurance, OSRMT allows member public schools to come together and jointly self-insure against the property and casualty exposures they face today. OSRMT is governed by public school officials in Oklahoma. OSRMT was established to help combat the high cost of traditional property/casualty insurance. Today, OSRMT provides competitively priced property/casualty coverage to school districts across the state and delivers service that is second to none.

OSSBA CONNECT

Bringing together those in similar roles, OSSBA Connect encourages communication, collaboration and a greater sense of community among the state’s education leaders. With position-based online forums, OSSBA Connect is a tool for learning from and leveraging the success of other districts while sharing what’s working in your district. With membership in OSSBA’s Title IX Association or the Oklahoma Association of School Administrative Professionals OSSBA Connect offers specialized training, a designated online community and additional resources.

POLICY SERVICES

A variety of policy services provide high-quality and low-cost services to help school boards keep their policies up-to-date and in compliance with state and federal law. We offer subscription services that includes sample policies, online policy hosting and/or customized policy review services.

SUPERINTENDENT EVALUATION

A tool that allows school boards to evaluate the performance of their superintendent in a collaborative manner. The OSSBA Superintendent On-Going Evaluation instrument gives school boards the opportunity to provide more frequent, meaningful feedback to their superintendents in a variety of categories, including Board/Superintendent relationship, district goals, facilities and finance. Modification of the tool to fit the district and the first training are free with the annual subscription.

SUPERINTENDENT SEARCH SERVICE

A customized service tailored to meet the needs of your school district in finding your ideal superintendent. Fees are based on the level of assistance that will be provided with regard to the search, and now includes online document management for all application materials.

TITLE IX ASSOCIATION

School district employees assigned to oversee Title IX issues require specialized training. Through our free Title IX association, we offer training, guidance, support and an online community to connect with other school administrators who oversee Title IX for their districts.

THE DR. JEFF B. MILLS RISK MANAGEMENT AWARD

Since 2014, this award honors the memory of the late Dr. Jeff B Mills’ dedication to public education and risk management by recognizing an OSRMT member who has demonstrated leadership in the education of students and maintains a comprehensive risk management program. The award is presented at the OSSBA/CCOSA annual conference.