In June, BRCSM’s Ron Cascione and Ben Scungio had the opportunity to present to members of one of Rhode Island’s school committees on the topic of “Building a Better Committee,” as part of its professional development series. They identified ten warning signs that may mean a school committee is in trouble.
- Voting based on politics rather than the needs of students.
- Not supporting a board decision – after it is made.
- Responding to community discontent without first reviewing data
- Publically chastising district employees.
- Relying on expert advice without consulting staff.
- Ignoring the impact of change on the culture of the district.
- Not supporting district policy.
- Failing to foster positive relationships.
- Hiring a superintendent on a split vote.
- Failing to personally disconnect from board decisions.
If these warning signs sound familiar, the attorneys at BRCSM can help. The education law team at BRCSM is comprised of a deep bench of seasoned attorneys who are known for their practical, problem-solving approach to resolve legal conflicts in a manner that achieves the best outcomes for all parties involved.