1,700 Locally Elected School Board Members
260 Member Districts/ESUs
The Nebraska Association of School Boards (NASB) is a private, nonprofit organization that serves the needs of Nebraska’s public schools. Since 1918, NASB has been committed to serving school boards across the state. Our mission to enhance public education for the children of Nebraska is assembled upon the thought that:
- Every public school board will govern effectively and with integrity.
- Every public school board member will understand the importance, and emphasize increased student achievement.
- Every public school board will practice good stewardship of resources.
In support of the above, NASB provides advocacy, consultation, board development, and training, as well as, district support-service programs for our members. The programs are managed by a professional staff, and governance oversight is carried out by a statewide Board of Directors consisting of school board members elected by their peers.
The Nebraska Association of School Boards provides programs, services, and advocacy to strengthen public education for all Nebraskans.
NASB provides leadership to groups, individuals, and organizations to facilitate efforts to improve student achievement.
NASB adds value to its members through the innovation of programs and services that generate revenue to support growth.
NASB develops a vision with other groups, individuals, and organizations to address school funding and opportunities to bring a quality education to all children.
NASB, along with the board, provides opportunities for school boards to be advocates for public education.
Based on LIVE, everything NASB does should focus on the beliefs below:
- All Nebraska children shall have equitable access to a high quality public education that prepares them to thrive in the evolving 21st century.
- Schools and communities need to address the whole child, which includes the physical, developmental, behavioral, and mental health of children.
- Local school boards must have the resources and authority to serve ALL children.
- Local school boards shall have board governance standards that address the role and expectations of individual school board members and the board as a whole.
- Local school boards must have the ability to evaluate the effectiveness and fiscal solvency of the programs established by the district.
- Local school boards need to adequately support its administration and staff and hold them accountable.
- Local school boards must have maximum flexibility to govern their schools.
- Local school boards must engage the community and be responsive to the needs, desires and concerns of their families to ensure student success.
- Nebraska public schools must have adequate, predictable and equitable funding.
- The NASB board, staff and members have a responsibility to lead a vision for education in the state of Nebraska to promote these beliefs.
NASB represents 260 school districts and educational service units across the state of Nebraska. As a member-driven Association we strive to advance the services and programs necessary to support a board’s effective leadership and governance role.
NASB advocates for our members at the legislative level by proactively initiating and supporting legislative issues that impact Nebraska public education.
NASB offers a variety of educational opportunities for board members. Workshops, conferences, and local board training address important issues, support best practice and strengthen effective board governance.
NASB provides fee-based services including, but not limited to superintendent search service, policy service, eMeeting, and the Negotiation software programs. To ensure a board’s fiscal responsibility, members realize cost saving benefits through participation in ALICAP Insurance, Medicaid Consortium, Nebraska Liquid Asset Fund, Negotiation and Information Technology Network (NITN), and NJUMP/CJUMP with new and purpose driven programs underway.
The Nebraska State School Boards Association was organized in 1918, 22 years before there was a National School Boards Association. Nebraska was the eight state in the Union to have such an organization.
In 1938, the State Planning Committee, established jointly by the Legislature and the University of Nebraska, recommended reorganization of the state’s school districts with no 9-12 high school permitted to operate with fewer than 100 students. This recommendation created such a furor that a meeting, called by the Cairo Board of Education for boards of school districts employing 10 or fewer teachers, attracted representatives of more than 200 boards. That meeting resulted in the creation of the Rural Area School Boards Association.
By 1941, the RASBA had a membership of 276, with NSSBA’s membership representing 66 of the larger schools in Nebraska. By the mid-40’s, both groups had become so powerful that neither could achieve any success promoting legislation. With that, the NSSBA president called a meeting to consider a merger of NSSBA and RASBA. The officers of the two organizations met for two days in Grand Island where a constitution and by-laws were developed. It was agreed that the officers must be divided equally between large and small schools, and the merger, constitution and by-laws were ratified by the membership of both groups.
In 1948, NSSBA was incorporated for the first time, and then in 1956 the associations first full-time, paid employee was hired. In 1966, the Association changed its domicile from Omaha to Holdrege, before moving to Lincoln in 1968.
Since then, NSSBA has changed its name to NASB, and has been divided into 19 districts, each including at least two but no more than three legislative districts, each represented by a Director. There are four officer positions, elected from the group of directors, each holding a one-year term through the four-year cycle. Those roles, in order of progression include Vice President, President-Elect, President, and Past President.