November 24, 2017

Board Service Academy

New Open Meeting Requirements & Training Impacting Local Boards

During the 2017 Legislative Session, the Maryland General Assembly passed the new Open Meetings Act training requirements for public bodies (HB 880 of 2017 / SB 450 of 2017). Public bodies, including local school boards, must comply with the new requirements by October 1, 2017.

As part of these new requirements, at least one member of each local Board of Education must be designated to take a training class on the Open Meetings Act. The designated local board member has 90 days after the designation to take the class.

MABE is now a designated provider of this course. We provided trainings in September and November, and have the following course upcoming:

December 8, 2017 – 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. – Washington County Board of Education
(10435 Downsville Pike, Hagerstown MD 21740)

Online Registration

MABE’s training will focus on the unique role of local school board members. A more general training class can also be taken online through the Office of Attorney General and the University of Maryland’s Institute for Governmental Service and Research. Courses are also available by MACo through the Academy for Excellence in Local Governance or the Maryland Municipal League (MML).

PLEASE NOTE: Since October 1, 2018, a public body going into closed session must either have a least one designated and trained member present or alternatively, follow and complete the Compliance Checklist for Meetings Subject to the Open Meetings Act developed by the Office of the Attorney General. If the checklist option is used, the checklist must be included in the meeting minutes.

If you have any questions regarding the new Open Meetings Act requirements, please contact Steve Bounds, Director of Legal & Policy Services, at 410-841-5414 or

January 19, 2018, 9:30-12:30: The Role of the Board President/Chair

This session will explore the duties and responsibilities of the Board President/Chair. Working with Rochelle Eisenberg, you will have an opportunity to discuss effective ways to structure your meetings, how to handle correspondence, what minutes should be kept for different meetings, and identify ways to work collaboratively with your colleagues and the superintendent. This session is ideal for current board presidents/chairs.
Online Registration for 1-19-18 Academy

March 9, 2018, 9:30-12:30: Telling Your Story

Session description forthcoming

Online registration for 3-9-18 Academy

May 3, 2018, 9:30-12:30: 2018 Legislative Session Wrap Up

This ​session ​will ​provide ​an ​overview ​of ​the ​2018 ​Maryland ​legislative ​session, ​as ​well ​as ​inform ​and ​prepare ​your ​board ​and ​senior ​staff ​to ​undertake ​legislative ​requirements ​that ​have ​immediate ​impact ​for ​all ​Maryland ​schools. ​
Online Registration for 5-3-18 Academy

May 22, 2018 – 8:30-1:00: Work of the State Board
This session is designed to give board members a greater understanding of the State Board, how it operates, and the kind of decisions it makes. You will observe the State Board of Education in one of its meetings, and then have an opportunity to “debrief” with MABE staff over lunch. This Board Service Academy will be held from 8:30 am-1:00 pm at the MSDE Office in Baltimore. Directions will be sent to participants.
Online Registration for 5-22-18 Academy