North Dakota School Boards Association



Mark your calendar for 2014 at the Ramkota Hotel

October 23: School Law Seminar, New Member Seminar, Convention Keynote, and First Business Session

October 24: General Session, Convention Clinics, Exhibit Area, and Second Business Session

Greg Allen (Jamestown) was re-elected to lead the association as president; Jim Rostad (Minot) was re-elected vice president. Ben Auch (Mott/Regent) was re-elected Southwest Director and Jennifer Johnson (Larimore) was elected for a two-year term as Northeast Director.

The convention opened with an inspirational keynote presentation by V. J. Smith of Brookings, South Dakota. 

Saturday's General Session speaker was Dr. Ken Wesson who shared information on the neuroscience of learning and ways to create learning methods that are "brain-compatible." 

Topics for clinic sessions on Friday and Saturday included:

  • Providing Choice to Students and Schools through the Center for Distance Education
  • Policy Hot Topics
  • Practical Tips for Avoiding Special Education Legal Disputes
  • Leadership Track for Experienced Board Members
  • Making Decisions...The Right Way
  • Conversation with State Superintendent Kirsten Baesler
  • Superintendent Selection, Assessment of Applications, and Preparing for December Evaluations
  • STEM Education
  • Hot Topics in Home Education
  • Standards for College and Career Readiness and the Smarter Balanced Assessment
  • Coronary Artery Disease throughout Lifespan
  • Relationship Among School District Budgets, Mill Levy Rate, and Property Valuation
  • Principal and Teacher Evaluation System and the Role of the School Board
  • Let the Sun Shine on School Board Meetings...Even at Night
  • ND Small Organized Schools Annual Meeting
  • ND Vertical Curriculum Alignment through the Common Core
  • Putting the Fun in Dysfunction: Developing Board Unity and Positive Relations Inside and Outside the Board Room
  • Adjudicated Youth--What Happens to Your Kids
  • Property Tax Relief and Schools: Trying to Meet Legislative Intent in Your School District
  • Mastery-based Learning
  • Understanding and Implementing the School Medication Law
  • Question Box for Business Managers
  • Learning and the Brain
  • Tips on Passing a School Bond Issue
  • Avoiding Blunders When Dealing with Classified Staff Members
  • Question Box for Board Members
  • 2013 TFFR Update
  • Introducing "Chosen" Materials to Educate Students about Human Trafficking
  • Strategic Planning
  • North Dakota High School Activities Association Update
  • Virtual Bullies: Mean on the Screen
  • Potpourri of Legislative Issues
The School District Business Managers had specific sessions that provided information of particular interest to their group.

Exhibitors were present on Friday to share expertise on their products and services.

Lisa Longnecker, member of the New Rockford/Sheyenne School Board, was named the 2013 recipient of the Barb Norby Scholarship in recognition of her exemplary board service at the local and state level.  The award provides registration and an expense allowance to the National School Boards Association's Federal Relations Network meeting or Annual Conference.

2013 Service Award recipients were:
  • Rick Gillund (Enderlin Area) - Veteran Board Member with distinction
  • Roland Schroeder (Enderlin Area) - Veteran Board Member with distinction
  • Tim Herman (Montpelier) - Master Board Member

On Saturday morning, the Delegate Assembly passed the following resolutions:


TAXING AUTHORITY OF THE STATE. NDSBA shall oppose any attempt to limit the taxing authority of the state.

TAXING AUTHORITY OF SCHOOL BOARDS. NDSBA shall oppose any attempts to further limit or eliminate the taxing authority of school districts without significant gains to all districts through state funding sources.  


REGIONAL EDUCATION ASSOCIATIONS.  NDSBA shall support the State of North Dakota providing separate and additional funding to REAs and work toward expanding resources available to these REAs so educational opportunities for students all across the state can be improved. 



This resolution was dropped because it was accomplished legislatively.

 All Standing Resolutions are posted on this Website.

Additional action by the Delegate Assembly:

An amendment to Article VI, Section 1, of the NDSBA Constitution was approved that added the sentence "Eligibility to be elected president or vice president requires an individual to have served as a regional director."

The proposed dues restructure was approved as presented on a standing vote of 73-35.