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It was a long night of training for the Bibb County School Board Tuesday. The Georgia School Boards Association presented Whole Board Governance Team Training.

That's when members learn everything from how to properly communicate with each other, to how to deal with the media.

Veteran members are required to take nine hours of training a year, whereas new members, like Jason Downey, have to take 15.

Even though Downey said he's heard the presentation before, he did learn something new.

"One of the things at the very end of the meeting, when we adjourned, I didn't know that you don't have to have a motion to adjourn. That the chair of the school board can actually adjourn," he said. "Little things like that you pick up on every time you go through this," Downey said.

Thelma Dillard is also new. She said she was reminded about the importance of setting standards.

"One of those is to have processes and procedures in place in writing so that everybody will have an understanding of what it is they are to do, to understand roles and responsibilities," said Dillard.

Zenda Bowie, with the Georgia School Boards Association, led the mandatory training. She said its important for board members to learn how to have a healthy debate.

"One thing that I tell school board members is to direct their comments to the board chair, rather than to each other. Especially if it's a controversial issue. It's easier to direct a comment to the board chair, and then it becomes a little less personal," said Bowie.


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