Do you serve on a public board and wonder what your responsibilities really are? Are there resources you can get to assist you in learning more about your role? There will be a training series called “Serving on Public Boards” that will be held on May 16th      and May 23rd (one program, 2 nights) from 6 to 9 pm in your choice of 5 locations. They will be at the ETN Room at the Putnam County High School in Unionville (803 South 20th Street), Brookfield Area Career Center ITV Room in Brookfield (122 North Pershing Drive – behind the school); the Knox County High School ITV Room in Edina (Hwy 6 East); the Clark County High School ITV Room in Kahoka (680 East Main Street) and the Palmyra State Bank Community Room in Palmyra (400 South Main Street). They are being done via Interactive Television so you can speak to the presenters just like you’re at their location. Pre-registration is required by May 10th and can be sent to the Putnam County Extension Office at Courthouse Room 104, Unionville, Missouri 63565 The program costs $40 which includes a meal both nights and all materials.

The May 16th session will include: Introduction to Missouri’s Sunshine Law, University of Missouri Extension Resources for Public Boards, Record Retention and Fiscal Responsibilities of Boards. The session on May 23rdsession will discuss: How to Hold and Effective Meeting, Board Procedures and Personnel Policies – why you want it in writing – what it means to our board and Missouri’s Sunshine Law II.  Why a training session for public governmental boards? “Many of our local governmental boards receive very little or no training and yet we as a public expect them to carry out large responsibilities and this meeting is designed to assist them in that respect,” says Joe Koenen, Agricultural Business Specialist with University of Missouri Extension who is helping coordinate this program. “It will help them better understand their role on the board and to know what resources are available to them if they have questions and concerns later on” Joe said. “The program was offered in the past and was very well received”.

The governmental public boards that should be interested in this would include ambulance, fair, fire protection, health department, nursing home, public water supply and Soil & Water Conservation (SWCD) districts; 911, hospital, library, school boards, township, and village boards; City  and Extension councils; and County Commissioners. Other boards may be interested and are welcome as well.

The $40 per person fee can be paid by the board where you are currently a member; however, all interested persons are invited to attend.  If you would like more information or to pre-register (space is limited), contact the Putnam County Extension Office at 947-2705 or koenenj@missouri.edu for all 5 locations.