In time for January 2007, the Conservation Commission’s District Services Division launched a new effort to provide training to help conservation district directors better understand and carry out their responsibilities. The “District Directors’ Responsibilities: A 10-Minute Guide Series” is a continuing series of informational/discussion topics designed to help conservation district directors become more informed and knowledgeable about their responsibilities.
The guides are being distributed at the rate of one per month, in time for directors to review and then discuss at the next board meeting. A hard copy of the first guide was mailed to board chairmen to introduce the series and an electronic version was posted on the OCC’s website. In late January, in time for February board meetings, the second guide was emailed to all conservation district offices for local distribution and posted electronically, and that method will be used to distribute the rest of the series.
The topic of the first 10-Minute Guide covers Oklahoma’s Open Meeting/Open Records Act as it pertains to conservation districts. The second guide explains state laws that apply to how a district board holds an Executive Session. Topics for future installments include Conducting Effective Board Meetings, Recruiting New Board Members and Supervising and Managing Employees, among others.
“We are already getting feedback that these guides are a great help to both directors and district staff,” said Lisa Knauf, District Services director.
Check this page periodically, as more 10-Minute Guides will be added to the series.
Guide No. 4 – District Cooperator Agreements Revised in May 2009
Guide No. 12 – Director Elections Revised in December 2008