Recruiting School Board Candidates

Prepared leadership today will help to develop prepared leaders for tomorrow

An important aspect of a school board’s collective responsibility is to maintain leadership, even as it experiences turnover among board members.  

To create a positive culture while planning for succession, the board may want to discuss and answer the following questions about district leadership:

  • Who will continue the quality work of our school board after our service has been completed?
  • How can we ensure that our board’s good stewardship continues?
  • Will quality candidates come forth on their own or is there something we can do encourage more candidates to explore school board service?

School boards that take this responsibility seriously use written board policies to guide board practices for providing thorough orientation and training for current and future members. These policies serve to foster a positive and inviting culture on the board of education.

For school boards interested in cultivating their next generation of local leaders, IASB has developed a guide to help school and community leaders identify, recruit, and mentor future school board members.

The material is intended to support the work of local boards of education in developing an effective, ongoing process for finding school board candidates. The guides are not designed to be distributed to potential candidates; rather, they are intended to facilitate discussion about recruiting prospective candidates, whether during the next election or an appointment process. Topics included in the guide can be used by school and community leaders when talking with individuals who may have questions about school board service.

Available free to member districts.

To order, contact IASB at (217) 528-9688, ext. 1131.

Questions about the information contained in this material should be directed to the IASB Communications Department at