The purpose of the Trustee Education Policy is to comply with New York State Education Law Section 260-D which requires members of library boards of trustees, beginning January 1, 2023, to complete a minimum of two hours of trustee education annually from a provider approved by the Commissioner of Education that addresses the financial oversight, accountability, fiduciary responsibilities and the general powers and duties of library trustees.
Each year Trustees are required to complete at least two hours of continuing education during their term on the Morrisville Public Library Board.
According to Section 260-D, each Trustee shall demonstrate compliance with the requirements by filing with the Library Manager evidence of completion of Trustee Education. Such evidence shall include one of the following: certificate of completion issued by the person hosting the training; or a signed self-assurance of completion (included at the end of this policy).
Should a Trustee fail to submit evidence of completion by December 31, the Trustee will be suspended from duty until evidence of completion is filed. Should a Trustee in suspension fail to provide evidence of completion within 90 days, they will be assumed to have resigned from the board.
Compliance will be tracked through the Library’s Annual Report to the State.
Trustee education may be delivered online or in person. The format of this education may include any of the following: Lectures Workshops Webinars Online courses State or national library association conferences
Costs of Continuing Education
Modest and reasonable costs incurred by a Trustee in complying with the trustee education requirements may be reimbursed by the Library in accordance with the Travel and Conference Expense Policy. All continuing education requesting reimbursement must be pre-approved by the Library Board.
Adopted on September 19, 2023
SELF-ASSURANCE of Trustee Education Activity Completion
Beginning January 1, 2023, each library trustee, elected or appointed, of a board of trustees is required to complete a minimum of two hours of trustee education annually. (Education Law 260-d as added by Chapter 468 of the Laws of 2021).
Please use this self-assurance form if a certificate of completion is not available from the education activity provider. Please submit this form to the Library Manager upon completion. Trustees should retain a copy of the signed form.
I give the following assurance:
I attended the following trustee education activity:
Title of Activity:
Format (e.g., workshop, webinar, online course):
Date of Activity: