Number of Members and Terms of Office (Board Policy 0141, 0144)
The Board of Education shall consist of five (5) members elected at large. The term of each Board member shall be four (4) years and shall commence on the first day of January following the member's election.
Roles and Responsibilites of the Board (Board Policy 0173)
A. The President of the Board of Education shall:
- preside at all public meetings of the Board;
- call special meetings of the Board; R.C. 3313.16
- appoint all committees;
- sign notes, minutes, conveyances, contracts, and other legal instruments for which the signature of the President is called; R.C. 3313.51, 3315.08
- assist in the preparation of the Board agenda.
B. The Vice-President shall assume and discharge the duties of the President in his/her absence, disability, or disqualification.
C. A committee chairperson shall call meetings of the committee, keep informed on developments in activities under the committee’s jurisdiction, and report to the Board for the committee.
Philosophy of the Board (Board Policy 0118)
A Board of Education is a legal entity for providing a system of public education within a geographic area of the State of Ohio. The system was created by, and is governed by, State statutes. Members of a Board are, therefore, State officers chosen by citizens to represent them and the State in the legislative management of the local schools.
The Board of Education has the dual responsibility for implementing statutory requirements pertaining to public education and for meeting the desires of the citizens. While the Board has an obligation to determine and assess citizen desires, it is understood that when the citizens elect delegates to represent them in the conduct of specified educational programs, they, at the same time, endow their representatives with the authority to exercise their best judgment in determining policies, making decisions, and approving procedures for carrying out the responsibility.
The Board declares and, thereby, reaffirms its intent to:
- maintain two-way communications with citizens of the District. The Board shall keep them informed of the progress and problems of the School District, and the citizens shall be urged to bring their aspirations and concerns about the District to the attention of this body;
- establish policies and make decisions on the basis of declared educational philosophy and goals;
- act as a truly representative body for citizens in all matters related to programs and operations. The Board recognizes that ultimate responsibility for public education rests with the State, but the Board of Education has been assigned specific authority through statute, and the Board shall not relinquish or fail to exercise that authority.