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CUBE 2019 Nominating Procedures

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The National School Boards Association's (NSBA) Council of Urban Boards of Education (CUBE) Steering Committee consists of 16 urban school board members, including an immediate past chair from CUBE school districts elected by CUBE districts.  The members serve staggered three-year terms.  Membership on the Steering Committee is limited to two full consecutive terms, and incumbent members whose pre - or first terms that expire in 2019 must reapply to be considered for reelection. A vacancy on the Steering Committee will automatically occur in the event of a member's death, resignation, or the loss of their position as a school board member. In the event of a vacancy, there is no automatic succession to seats from the vacating district (i.e. if a steering committee member from City A steps down, leaves the Steering Committee or his/her local board, individuals from City A do not automatically assume the seat).

Nominating Committee:

In accordance with Article V, Section B (i), the Nominating Committee Shall: 

(a) Be chaired by the Immediate Past Chair.  When the position of Immediate Past Chair is vacant, the Nominating Committee will be chaired by a member of the Steering Committee designated by the CUBE Chair.  The Immediate Past Chair shall appoint a Nominating Committee of four (4) persons from the CUBE participating districts, none of whom can be Steering Committee Members.  Applicants for CUBE Steering Committee positions must be school board members from participating districts in good standing;

(b) Receive and screen nominees whose applications is complete and receive by the stated deadline, and recommend to the Council a slate consisting of at least one nominee for each vacancy;

(c)  Give preference to board members from districts that are not represented on the Steering Committee at the time of election;

(d)  Consider regional, gender, and racial representation on the Steering Committee; and,

(e)  Give high priority to an urban board which has not been previously represented on the Steering Committee

The 2018-19 CUBE Nominating Committee will provide notification of its selected slate of candidates to the entire membership 30 days prior to the CUBE Annual Business meeting. Slated candidates will be presented for election by the CUBE membership at the CUBE Annual Business Meeting, Saturday, March 30, 2019, in Philadelphia, PA.

Eligibility Requirements:

If you meet the following requisites, we urge you to please consider applying to serve on the CUBE Steering Committee:

  • A proactive advocate of urban education;
  • A board member from a CUBE district in good standing with your state school boards association and able to secure the support, financially and otherwise, of your school board and school district to fully participate in the CUBE program; and have participated in CUBE events during the last two consecutive years.
  • Able to commit to the time, travel and expense necessary to attend designated Steering Committee meetings in accordance with CUBE bylaws and other meetings that may coincide with CUBE/NSBA events.
  • Willing to make a three-year one term commitment to improving urban education through service to CUBE as a Steering Committee member;

 

Procedure: 

Any CUBE school board member of a school board in good standing with their state school boards association may seek a position on the Steering Committee so long as he/she adheres to the following procedures:

  • Please complete the application online https://equitysurveys.wufoo.com/forms/ssg1z521xizon3/ by midnight January 4, 2019.  Only electronic submissions will be accepted.  
  • The candidates considered by the Nominating Committee will be notified by January 15, 2019, advising whether or not they were/were not slated. If a candidate is not slated but is interested in running as a candidate from the floor, you must advise the NSBA Equity Programs Staff (via e-mail – equity@nsba.org) of your intention to run from the floor. Assuming the candidate has properly submitted the application form, curriculum vitae, and letters of support for the Nominating Committee's consideration, no further action beyond this notice of intent to run from the floor will be required.
  • Candidates who did not submit the required application materials for consideration to the 2018-19 CUBE Nominating Committee may run from the floor by informing the Equity Programs Staff of their intention to run from the floor.  At this time, candidates must submit all the materials required (i.e., the application, curriculum vitae, and 2 letters of support) through the electronic application process.
  • Information for candidate who wish to run from the floor must be submitted by February 11, 2019.
  • Candidates who choose to run from the floor under these procedures will appear on the ballot and will be given the same privilege as candidates slated by the Nominating Committee to address the CUBE voting delegates and otherwise conduct their campaigns.  No candidates other than those adhering to the procedures outlined above will be eligible to run for a Steering Committee seat at the CUBE Annual Business Meeting, Saturday, March 30, 2019.

This guideline is designed to allow full opportunity for any CUBE district to present a candidate for the Steering Committee and this process allows those candidates not selected by the Nominating Committee an even standing with those who are put forward by the Nominating Committee.  

Applicants for Steering Committee vacancies are asked to secure the support, financially and otherwise, of their school board and school district to fully participate in the CUBE program.  Only those persons -- with the support of their school district and board -- willing to make the commitment of both time and expense should apply. (CUBE will cover some costs to attend its meetings).

The application, along with a curriculum vitae and 2 letters of support, will be used by the Nominating Committee in their selection process.   

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Equity Dept. Staff or a member of the CUBE Steering Committee

Steering Committee Roles and Responsibilities

Qualifications

Applicant must:

  1. Be a school board member from a participating CUBE district in good standing with your state school boards association; 
  2. Make a three-year commitment to perform the responsibilities of the CUBE Steering Committee;
  3. Secure the support, financially and otherwise, of their school board and school district to fully participate in the CUBE program;
  4. Able to commit to the time, travel and expense necessary to attend designated Steering Committee meetings in accordance with CUBE bylaws and other meetings that may coincide with CUBE/NSBA events.
  5. Apply, be nominated by the Nominating Committee, and elected by the membership of CUBE at its Annual Business Meeting in the spring.

Roles

  • Ambassador for the CUBE program
  • Leader for urban school board members
  • Advocate for public education
  • Supporter of the NSBA and CUBE vision, mission and goals
  • Promoter of the purposes of CUBE

Responsibilities

  • Attend orientation for new Steering Committee members
  • Promote the vision, mission and goals of NSBA and CUBE
  • Help identify goals for the CUBE program
  • Increase the awareness of the unique role of urban school board members through participation at state level meetings, activities and ongoing open communication with State Associations
  • Serve as a communication link between State Associations and CUBE
  • Serve as a communication link between urban school board members across the nation and CUBE
  • Advocate CUBE goals and urban education issues at the local, state and national level
  • Attend and participate in as many CUBE-sponsored activities as possible, with special focus on the four regular meetings of CUBE (the winter meeting held in conjunction with NSBA’s Equity Symposium and Advocacy Institute; the spring meeting held in conjunction with NSBA’s Annual Conference & Exposition; the summer meeting held in conjunction with NSBA’s Equity Department Retreat; and the fall CUBE Annual Conference).
  • Fulfill both ceremonial (such as presiding over general sessions, workshops, and networking sessions) and substantive roles at CUBE meetings and activities
  • Listen, gather vital information, and actively seek feedback from urban school board members for the purpose of enhancing CUBE’s benefits and services
  • In accordance with CUBE bylaws which may include but not limited to the winter meeting held in conjunction with NSBA’s Equity Symposium and Advocacy Institute; the spring meeting held in conjunction with NSBA’s Annual Conference & Exposition; the summer meeting held in conjunction with NSBA’s Equity Department Retreat; and the fall CUBE Annual Conference

In order to accomplish the overall mission of the CUBE Steering Committee, each Steering Committee member should:

  • Prepare well for each Steering Committee meeting through full and careful study of the agenda and its supporting materials;
  • Attend the entire Steering Committee meeting by arranging travel schedules in advance to permit on time arrival and staying through the full meeting;
  • Participate effectively in the Steering Committee meeting by ensuring the concerns and opinions formulated in the preparation state and through general discussions are shared with the full Steering Committee;
  • Evaluate and follow-up on the actions taken in the Steering Committee meeting, by keeping track of how Steering Committee actions are being implemented, including soliciting and sharing the feedback from the membership, and raising any concerns with NSBA staff;
  • Possess general knowledge about CUBE membership benefits and services. 
  • Fulfill responsibilities of any Steering Committee assignment, through active participation in the CUBE program and other activities, and
  • Be accessible by responding to electronic correspondence in a timely manner.

Commit financially and otherwise to the events, activities and meetings of CUBE or other relevant NSBA events.

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