You are about to feel as if you have been thrown into the deep end of the pool. It will quickly pass. Ask questions and if you still don't understand ask again. You are about to hear a lot of new terms and have information zooming pas you that you most likely haven't dealt with on a daily basis before. The most important thing I can pass on is to remember you were elected to oversee our community's school district. It is a great honor, because without a local school, communities tend to wither and die. Remember to listen when someone tries to talk to you about a situation. Yes, the first thing you must ask them is if they have gone through proper channels already, however, they just want to be heard. If it is a situation that you can tell is really off limits for a board member to hear, tell this person in a polite and caring way that it isn't that you don't want to hear them but right now you just can't. I can't begin to tell you how many people have gotten in touch with me over the last three years and even though I have directed them to someone else, they just want to know that someone is listening to them.
This is a wonderful learning experience. Enjoy it!