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Jan 7, 2012 7:52 PM by David Jay

Board hopes retreat leads to cohesiveness

BILLINGS - The Billings school board has left the familiarity of the Lincoln Center, to work on processes that will help trustees make decisions together.
The board and part of the administration met at the Career Center for a retreat, Saturday.
Former Helena School board trustee Dana Toole is the facilitator, for the board that has been divided on issues that last few months.
Toole is using collective decision making or shared governance, something that has proven to work well in Helena. Toole speaking respectfully and knowing how to listen will build cohesiveness among the trustees.
Board Chair Teresa Stroebe says trustees want what's best for students and the district, and needs to focus on that and how to get there.
"Sometimes when you have a difference of opinion, it's not that you don't have the same goal," Stroebe said. :"It's that you have a different idea on how to get there. And I think the fastest, most efficient way to get there is to work together, and not step on each other's toes."
The three-day school board retreat wraps up tomorrow.


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