MABE Leadership Presents on ESSA at State Board



The State Board provided the opportunity for representatives from the Maryland Association of Boards of Education (MABE) to present the association’s perspectives on the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) and the development of Maryland ESSA Accountability Plan.   Board President Andy Smarick welcomed MABE’s representatives, and noted that the State Board had afforded the same opportunity to other major stakeholders including the Public School Superintendents Association of Maryland (PSSAM) and the Maryland State Education Association (MSEA).

MABE’s President-elect Joy Schaefer, who chairs MABE’s Committee on ESSA and is a Frederick County board member, presented MABE’s statement. She was joined by Ellen Flynn Giles, MABE’s representative on the MSDE ESSA Stakeholder Committee, and a Howard County board member, who participated in the morning’s dialogue with the State Board. 

Governor Revises Executive Order to Mandate Calendars



On October 11, 2016, Governor Hogan issued an amended Executive Order to forestall the intention of the State Board of Education to consider and grant waivers from the post-Labor Day through June 15 school year based on a local board of education's showing that commencing their academic calendar before Labor Day would provide educational benefit to students.

The new Executive Order repeals the previous waiver language and insists that the State Board follow formal regulatory procedures in adopting waiver criteria. In addition, the Order requires that local boards establish a “compelling justification” for any requested waiver by satisfying all elements stipulated in the Order. Waivers appear to be limited to individual schools with innovative programs justifying the waiver.  

On October 5, 2016, MABE members from across the State adopted revisions to MABE's Continuing Resolutions, which provide the foundation for the association's legislative and policy positions in the coming year. The resolution on Local Board of Education Governance Authority was amended to emphasize that MABE opposes any executive or legislative initiatives that have the effect of reducing or circumscribing local board authority … encourages local boards to work in conjunction with the State Board of Education … and advocates for and supports legislation to clarify that local board governance authority is not subject to executive orders by the Governor.” 

Today, in the wake of an even more prescriptive Executive Order specifying the types of waivers the State Board of Education may consider, MABE reiterates the assocaition's recently adopted resolution in support of action in defense of the principle and operation of local governance of education policy matters. 


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Salmon Appointed New State Superintendent



Guffrie M. Smith, president of the Maryland State Board of Education, today announced that Karen B. Salmon has been named Maryland state superintendent of schools. MSDE Press Release

Dr. Salmon will begin serving as acting superintendent on June 1, and take the helm as state superintendent one month later. She will succeed interim state superintendent Jack Smith, who earlier this year was named the next superintendent of the Montgomery County Public Schools. 

Salmon, a long time Maryland educator, most recently served at the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) as acting deputy state superintendent for school effectiveness. She began her career as a special education teacher in Caroline County, and then moved to an administrative position in Talbot County public schools. She rose to county schools superintendent and remained in the position for a decade. In 2013, Salmon become superintendent of Bay Shore Union Free School District in New York, and returned to Maryland in 2015 to accept the acting deputy position at MSDE.

MABE president Warner I. Sumpter stated, "On behalf of Maryland’s 24 school boards, we congratulate Dr. Salmon on her appointment and look forward to working collaboratively with her to continue Maryland’s tradition of excellence for all public school students.”


Diabetes Student Health Services Bill Passes



Legislation passed in 2016, with amendments supported by MABE, to require the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) and the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH), to establish guidelines for public schools regarding the administration of health care services to students with diabetes and provide specified technical assistance to schools to implement the guidelines (HB 771, "Public Schools – Administration of Diabetes Care Services – Guidelines").

Thornton 2.0 Passes



The Senate has passed Senate Bill 905, the “Thornton 2.0” legislation to create the Commission on Innovation and Excellence in Education and the House has now passed similar legislation, House Bill 999. The House did adopt amendments which limit the scope of local school system master plan updates through calendar year 2017 to include updates on student assessments and the performance of students requiring special education and limited English proficient students. In addition, the amendments require MSDE to convene a group of stakeholders to review the current statutory and regulatory requirements of the master plan and the new requirements of the federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). 

Senator Nancy King is the lead sponsor of Senate Bill 905; and Delegate Ann Kaiser is the lead sponsor of House Bill 999. This legislation represents one of MABE’s key legislative initiatives in 2016 and is a priority bill supported by a broad coalition of organizations in educational advocacy community. The goal is to convene legislative leaders and education, business, and local government stakeholders to craft legislation to ensure the long-term adequacy and equity of funding for students in public schools statewide. The legislation is modeled on the 1999 legislation which created the “Thornton” Commission and led to the passage of the Bridge to Excellence in Public Schools Act in 2002.

MABE strongly supports this legislation to create a blue ribbon commission on education funding to begin the process of translating the work of the consultant’s funding adequacy studies and recommendations into legislative proposals for comprehensive funding reforms. The new “Commission on Innovation and Excellence in Education” will review the current education financing formulas and accountability measures and make recommendations for updating and enhancing the funding formulas established by the Bridge to Excellence in Public Schools Act of 2002. The Commission is to provide a preliminary report to the Governor and General Assembly by December 31, 2016; and a final report by December 31, 2017.



Procurements for Construction



Urge the House Appropriations Committee to VOTE NO on SB 515 – Procurements for Construction or Repair of School Projects

To voice your opposition to SB 515 – Use these links to the Appropriations Committee and the Appropriations Committee Roster.

Members of the House should oppose Senate Bill 515 to protect the use of cooperative purchasing by school systems for school facility projects.25,000 in state capital funding should not bar the use of intergovernmental cooperative purchasing, or piggybacking, for school construction projects.

  • $25,000 in state capital funding should not bar the use of intergovernmental cooperative purchasing, or piggybacking, for school construction projects.
  • This bill would significantly disrupt school system procurement practices – and overturn settled Court of Appeals case law.  
  • Board of Public Works regulations clearly allow “intergovernmental cooperative purchasing” and “piggybacking” to provide cost benefits, administrative efficiencies, and promote governmental cooperation (COMAR
  • This bill would interfere with school system efforts to achieve cost savings and efficiencies. 
  • Large and small school systems rely on piggybacking to save time and money and benefit from the staff work done in another system.  
  • Taxpayers benefit from the cost savings school systems are achieving under the current law.

Urge delegates to protect the use of cooperative purchasing and VOTE NO on Senate Bill 515.

To voice your opposition to SB 515 – Use these links to the Appropriations Committee and the Appropriations Committee Roster.


This bill passed the Senate only after a very contentious floor debate. Senators from Prince George’s County, Baltimore City, Harford County and Cecil County offered amendments to be exempted from the bill. While none of the amendments were adopted, the votes were close, and it demonstrated strong opposition to this bill as it crosses over to the House. Now is the time to lobby members of the House, specifically members of the Appropriations Committee, to oppose passage of this Senate bill. 

MABE opposes Senate Bill 515 because it would prohibit the use of cooperative purchasing or piggybacking on other government contracts for the purchase of materialsrelated to school construction or repair projects. The prohibition would apply to all projects for which state funding of more than $25,000 is provided in the state capital budget.     

In 2015 and prior sessions MABE joined the Baltimore County Board of Education in opposing a local bill to prohibit the purchase of roofing repair services for public schools through an intergovernmental purchasing cooperative. Importantly, the Maryland Court of Appeals had already ruled in favor of the Baltimore County Board of Education, finding that a county board of education may purchase roofing repair services for public schools through an intergovernmental purchasing cooperative when it acts pursuant to authority granted by the Board of Public Works in its regulations.

For more information, contact MABE’s Director of Governmental Relations, John R. Woolums at or 410-841-5414.

PreK Funding Bills Update



House Bill 1433 and Senate Bill 461 have not moved, and are not expected to, but the revised fiscal estimate provided to the bill sponsors clearly demonstrates the unmet funding needs of providing mandated prekindergarten, and the corresponding costs to local governments and the state to fulfill a true per pupil amount of funding for these students. The Department of Legislative Services (DLS) analysis reflects amendments drafted to the bill to include the state and local shares of the per pupil share of the foundation amount, and the additional per pupil funding provided under the compensatory education funding formula. This approach yields over $85 million in additional state aid and $43 million in local aid.  MABE believes the work to introduce and air this legislation will play a significant role as the General Assembly considers the recommendations of the adequacy study and long-term reforms developed by the Funding Commission. 

3-14-16 – MABE encourages all local boards to contact legislators to voice SUPPORT for SB 461 (which was heard on February 24th) – Use these links to the Budget & Taxation Committee; and the B&T Committee Roster; and to  voice SUPPORT for HB 1433 (which was heard on March 7th) – Use these links to the Ways and Means Committee; and the W&M Committee Roster.

MABE Supports SB 461 and HB 1433 to Provide Full, Accurate, and Transparent Funding for Prekindergarten

  • Since the passage of the Bridge to Excellence Act of 2002, local school systems have been providing half-day prekindergarten for all eligible four-year olds – approximately 30,000 students per year.
  • Maryland’s nationally recognized school finance system is built on per pupil funding.
  • However, prekindergarten students are NOT included in the annual September 30 enrollment counts for State and local education aid.
  • By not counting approximately 30,000 students as enrolled, the state funding laws that provide per pupil state and local funding for all students are not triggered. 
  • Many school systems also provide a significant amount of full-day prekindergarten to these eligible students. Under this bill, providing full-day prekindergarten would remain entirely at the discretion of the local board – but when it’s provided it would be fully funded.
  • Mandated prekindergarten benefits our most vulnerable economically disadvantaged children and local efforts to serve these students should receive the full benefit of the education funding formulas that apply to all other students.   
  • Passage of Senate Bill 461 and House Bill 1433 is needed to guarantee that full, accurate and transparent per pupil funding is provided to support high quality prekindergarten programs.

Again, MABE encourages all local boards to contact legislators, submit testimony and be represented at these bill hearings. To voice SUPPORT for SB 461 (which is being heard on 2/24) – use these links to the Budget & Taxation Committee; and the B&T Committee Roster; and to  voice SUPPORT for HB 1433 (which is being heard on 3/7) – use these links to the Ways and Means Committee; and the W&M Committee Roster.

2-18-16: MABE is extremely pleased that legislation (Senate Bill 461 and House Bill 1433) has been introduced to fully fund prekindergarten by establishing a true per pupil funding amount based on enrollment of the four-year olds we are mandated to serve.  Hearings are set for February 14 and March 7. MABE encourages all local boards to contact legislators, submit testimony and be represented at these bill hearings. 

MABE strongly supports passing legislation in 2016 to remedy the longstanding deficiency in funding provided to local school systems for prekindergarten, by including prekindergarten students in local school system enrollment counts for purposes of state and local funding formulas. MABE thanks and Delegate Alonzo Washington for sponsoring House Bill 1433. 

Senator Joan Carter Conway is the lead sponsor of Senate Bill 461. The hearing in the Senate Budget and Taxation Committee will be held on February 24, beginning at 1:00 p.m.

Delegate Alonzo Washington is the lead sponsor of House Bill 1433. The hearing in the House Ways and Means Committee will be held on March 7, beginning at 1:00 p.m.

Again, MABE encourages all local boards to contact legislators, submit testimony and be represented at these bill hearings. 

Under current law, all children who are four years old on September 1 of that school year, who are eligible for free and reduced-price meals (FRPM) (i.e., from families whose income is at or below 185% of federal poverty guidelines (FPG)), and whose parent or guardian seeks to enroll the child in a public prekindergarten program, must be admitted free of charge to publicly funded prekindergarten programs established by each of the local boards of education.

State regulations require local school systems to provide prekindergarten for a minimum of 2.5 hours per day using certified early education teachers. Many school systems also provide a significant amount of full-day prekindergarten to these eligible students. Providing full-day prekindergarten is entirely at the discretion of the local board.

However, prekindergarten students are not included in the annual September 30 enrollment counts for State education aid. By not counting approximately 30,000 students as enrolled, the state funding laws that provide per pupil state and local funding for all students are not triggered.   

The proposed legislation is simple and straightforward. It would add an enrollment count for half-day prekindergarten students at a “full time equivalent” (FTE) rate of 50% to align the amount of mandated per pupil funding with the half-day scope of mandated prekindergarten programs. Systems providing full-day prekindergarten programs would appropriately report those students at the 100% FTE rate. In this way, Maryland’s education funding law would include prekindergarten students as enrolled and guarantee transparent per pupil funding for the high quality prekindergarten programs offered in each of our 24 local school systems.

For more information on this MABE initiative bill, contact MABE’s Director of Governmental Relations, John R. Woolums, Esq., at or 410-841-5414.

Assessment Commission Briefings – Feb. 10, 2016

On February 8, MABE, PSSAM, Maryland PTA, and the Baltimore Teachers Union (BTU) addressed the Maryland Commission on Assessments. Joy Schaefer, MABE’s legislative committee chair and executive committee member, shared with the commission MABE’s position in favor of maintaining local board flexibility and discretion to adopt assessment policies and practices without the burden of an arbitrary cap on the amount of time spent on testing. MABE’s testimony stated MABE’s opposition to the pending legislation, House Bill 141, which would require the State Board of Education to “adopt regulations that limit the amount of time in the aggregate that may be devoted to federal, state, and locally mandated tests for each grade to 2% of the minimum required annual instructional hours.”

The PSSAM presentation featured Frederick County Superintendent Terry Alban and Caroline County Superintendent John Ewald, who were each joined by teachers and principals. These presentations provided the commission with detailed explanations of policies and programs being implemented to optimize the use of formative assessments to benefit student learning. Again, a strong case was made for allowing local school systems to determine which assessment tools and strategies are most appropriate in a given content area, grade band, school, and to address specific student needs. The teachers speaking on behalf of BTU voiced strong concerns about the use of assessments to measure student and school performance which are not available to teachers as formative instructional tools.

Elizabeth Ysla Leight, President of the Maryland PTA, shared the national and Maryland PTA positions opposing parental opt out from state assessments; and in favor of assessments which are designed to be culturally and linguistically appropriate for all students including English language learners. She stressed the need for more outreach and communication with parents who are speakers of other languages.       

Later in the meeting, Commission member Julie Hummer, who is a member of the Anne Arundel County Board of Education, raised questions and concerns about the content, and lack of definitions and clarity, in the pending legislation to impose a cap on testing. Similarly, commission member Larry Bowers, acting superintendent of Montgomery County’s school system, voiced his concerns with the timing of legislation being introduced to dictate assessment policy and the  timeline for the commission to finish its work, which also comes from the legislature. 

At the conclusion of the meeting, commission chairman Chris Berry, a Montgomery County principal, announced his decision to form subcommittees to further explore respective areas of inquiry including testing logistics, testing at elementary and secondary school levels, and assessment issues pertaining to students with special needs. The commission’s next meeting is on March 7, from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m., in the Howard County Public Schools Board Office, in Board Room B.

For more information, MSDE maintains a webpage on the Commission to Review Maryland's Use of Assessments in Public Schools which includes all meeting materials and other information and resources.

For more information on the current legislative session, see the latest GreenSheet Legislative Update. 

Education Budget Highlights – January 25, 2016

On January 20, the Governor released his proposed State Budget for FY 2017, including the significant segment of the budget devoted to operating and capital funding for public schools. The Governor’s proposed budget for FY 2017 includes full funding for PreK-12 public elementary and secondary education, including the newly mandated Geographic Cost of Education Index.  

“Included in this budget, for the second straight year, is a record level of funding going toward the education of our children. We are putting $6.3 billion into K-12 education, which is about $140 million more than last year. We are fully funding education aid, including the Geographic Cost of Education Index. Our commitment to education does not end there. We are also putting forward $314 million for school construction, and we are allocating resources for important programs like P-Tech.”

       –Governor’s FY 2017 Budget Highlights

The Governor’s Budget Highlights is available on the Department of Budget and Management’s (DBM) website. The General Assembly will consider the Governor’s operating budget as Senate Bill 190, and capital budget as Senate Bill 191. MABE looks forward to testifying in support of the Governor’s budget proposal to fully funding of public education in the 2016-2017 school year.

For more details, please access MABE's GreenSheet Legislative Update of Feb. 10, 2016. 

Call to Action: MABE Opposes Student Diabestes Management Bill (SB 71) – Jan. 18, 2016

Senate Bill 71 is a bill warranting our staunch opposition again this year. This bill would mandate that school systems train volunteers (teachers, aides, principals, and other full and part-time employees) to become “trained diabetes care providers” responsible for administering health care services, including administering oral and injectable medications, to students.   

MABE urges local boards and board members to contact the bill sponsor, Senator Ron Young, and other members of the Senate Education, Health and Environmental Affairs Committee to voice opposition to this legislation. 

Talking Points

Read MABE’s testimony, and contact your senator, Senator Young, and Senators on the EHEA Committee to let them know that MABE and local boards oppose Senate Bill 71 because:

  • Local boards are committed to a high standard of care for students with diabetes.
  • SB 71 is a move in the wrong direction – health care provided in school for students with diabetes should be in the hands of the school nurse who is a medical professional trained to follow the prescriptions and plan provided by the student’s doctor.
  • SB 71 would bypass the school nurse’s license and professional oversight responsibility, and instead require school systems to train non-medical staff (such as teachers, aides, and principals) to administer oral and injectable medicine to students with diabetes.  
  • SB 71 is not needed because existing federal and state laws already prohibit discrimination against students with diabetes.
  • SB 71 is not needed because state guidance is being updated in 2016 and will include best practices and address many of the concerns raised by supporters of this bill.

Background on Senate Bill 71

This bill is a national legislative priority of the American Diabetes Association and it passed the Senate in 2015 (as SB 672), but was not acted on by the House Ways and Means Committee. During the interim, the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH) and MSDE held meetings and a day-long symposium on the law and state and local policies and procedures regarding meeting the health and educational needs of students with diabetes. Following these meetings, work has begun to update the Maryland State School Health Services Guideline, “Management of Students with Diabetes Mellitus in Schools,” last updated in 2006. 

MABE strongly believes that the ongoing work by doctors, school nurses, and DHMH and MSDE staff has confirmed the need to continuously improve the manner in which health services are provided to students with diabetes. Another area for improvement is communication within school systems and school buildings and with parents. At the same time, this work in no way demonstrates the need to diminish the professional role of school nurses or certified medical technicians working under the school nurse’s license. Therefore, MABE continues to oppose legislation which would bypass the school nurse’s license and oversight responsibility and instead have school systems train non-medical staff to administer oral and injectable medicine to students with diabetes.   

MABE Releases Position Paper on Maryland Education Funding – Jan. 12, 2016

As a part of our continuing effort to track the ongoing Study of Adequacy of Funding for Education in Maryland, and to fully inform our members, MABE has released a position paper entitled:

Priorities and Perspectives on the Future of Public School Funding in Maryland

This position paper provides background information, in-depth analysis, and an overview of local board perspectives on the ongoing adequacy study. 


The passage of the 2002 Bridge to Excellence Act, and the subsequent increase of more than $1.3 billion in state aid to education, was founded on the adequacy study conducted from 1999 through 2001 by the consulting firm, Augenblick and Myers. The 2002 law called for a follow up study of the adequacy of education funding in the State to be undertaken approximately 10 years after its enactment, and amended to specifically require a study commencing in 2014. Augenblick, Palaich, and Associates was awarded the $1.05 million state contract to conduct a comprehensive up-to-date adequacy study. 

The new adequacy study has been underway with a stakeholder workgroup, including MABE representatives, guiding and monitoring this important work. 

Because this study will have significant implications for all Maryland school systems, MABE created an ad hoc committee to track, discuss, and keep our members informed.

Priorities and Perspectives on the Future of Public School Funding in Maryland provides an overview and highlight of local board perspectives on the ongoing adequacy study and the future of public school funding in Maryland. 

For more information, visit Priority Positions: Adequacy Funding.

What Does ESSA Mean for Your School System? – Jan. 6, 2016

The signing of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) is an historic milestone for America's school boards.

On December 18, 2015, the U.S. Department of Education issued this "Dear Colleague" letter to state leaders throughout the United States outlining the process of transition to the Every Student Succeeds Act. On December 10, 2015, President Barack Obama signed the Every Student Succeeds Act into law. The signing represents a significant move forward for local governance and NSBA stands committed to working with and through our State Associations for ESSA’s implementation in support of equity and excellence in public education.

For more information, background, and resources, visit NSBA's Federal Priorities webpage.

Every Student Succeeds Act Signed Into Law – Dec. 10, 2015

MABE is pleased that President Obama has signed a bipartisan bill to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, known as the Every Student Succeeds Act (S.1177). This legislation is the long awaited and overdue update to the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001.

MABE believes the new federal education law strikes a balance between defining federal goals for student learning and providing states and local boards more flexibility in key areas such as testing and accountability. The new law continues to require challenging academic standards and annual statewide assessments for elementary, middle and high school students in mathematics, reading or language arts, and science. 

MABE President Brig. Gen. (Ret.) Warner I. Sumpter stated, “The Every Student Succeeds Act is a great improvement over the No Child Left Behind Act. Now local boards can move forward to spend federal dollars in ways that make sense for Maryland, our communities, and most importantly our students.”   (more)

MABE Regional Seminars


 Coming to a location near you! MABE is offering a day-long seminar in various locations, covering three topics of vital importance to Maryland school board members: Ethics, Open Meetings, and Student Discipline. For complete details and a registration form, please visit our Regional Seminars page. 

Sports Injury Recovery – Resources



With the new school year bringing students back to the classrooms and back to the athletic fields, tracks and courts, now is the time to make sure parents, students, coaches and physical education teachers are well educated on sports injury prevention. Student players are eager to do their best at the beginning of the school year, which may lead them to "overdo it." Start the new school year right by making sure students are physically and mentally in shape. Make sure coaches, teachers and parents know how to help students avoid common sports injuries and also what steps to take should an injury occur. Carol Berman, writer for Physical Therapy, has just posted a list of the 105 Best Sports Injury Recovery Resources on the Web at .  Please share this resource with all your coaches and physical education teachers.  Here's to a safe and successful new school year! 

 March 2013 – Risk Management's Secure Site

All Risk Management facilitated Peer Group members may now access our Secure Website. Our Peer Groups include; Security Directors, Maintenance Managers, Benefits Administrators, and School Risk Managers. Group Insurance Pool and Workers' Compensation Fund Trustees also have access to this secure website. Information on our Risk Management Programs as well as a variety of risk related issues is available. Contact us by e-mail at if you need help accessing this site.  

January 2013 – Flu Season News

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC), influenza activity continues to increase in the United States. Influenza activity indicators were at the highest levels so far this season in Maryland during the last week of December 2012. 

Most of the country is now experiencing high levels of influenza-like-illness. For the week ending on December 29, 2012, twenty-nine states and New York City reported high influenza-like-illness activity up from 16 states the week before. CDC’s FluView update can be viewed online at

So it looks like we’re in for a bad flu season this year.
Did you get a flu vaccine? No? 
It’s not too late! 
Getting a flu vaccine is the best way to protect yourself and your family. 
As long as flu season isn’t over, it’s not too late to get vaccinated. The flu season usually peaks in January or February and can last until May. 
So what are you waiting for? Want to avoid those miserable headaches, bone jarring chills and fever? 
Get vaccinated now!  
Getting the vaccine is easy. Go to your doctor, local pharmacy, or call your local health department for information on where you can get vaccinated. You can also check for more information through Maryland’s Department of Health and Mental Hygiene’s web page,  

November 2012 – Health and Sedentary Behavior

Could sitting for long periods of time be harming our health?  New research has found that long periods of very low physical activity, like prolonged sitting, is associated with changes in our body's metabolism that put us at greater risk for diabetes and cardiac disease. Find out why you may not want to take all this news sitting down! LEARN MORE

October 2012 – Effective Use of SafeSchools

 Are you a member of the Group Insurance Pool or the Workers' Compensation Self-Insurance Fund? If so, you have access to all of the computer based training courses offered by SafeSchools ( Why did the Trustees of the insurance programs decide to sponsor this service for its members? Because effective training is a necessary tool for any organization and SafeSchools has proven to be effective at bringing more training to more employees with less administrative overhead.

With over 100 Courses available, which ones should you focus on? Although from a Risk Management perspective they all have value, it is important to emphasize that training related to what drives your insurance "loss costs" is important to include in any training plan.  When we look at what types of injuries employees are suffering, two stand out.   LEARN MORE   

September 2012 – Use of Personal Automobiles for Board Business

Do you drive your own vehicle for school business?  Do you supervise someone who does? A number of steps and measures need to be addressed whenever employees use their personal vehicles for school board business. This brief will help point you in the right direction. LEARN MORE  

Theatre Safety

Make sure the only drama your theatre students and school board encounter is produced on stage. Managing risks common to theatre production can be a real challenge for teachers and school administrators. LEARN MORE

May 2012 – Risk Management's secure website is now available online to members of the Risk Managers Users Groups, Benefits Coordinators and Group Insurance and Workers Comp Trustees.CLICK HERE