A school board meeting is the only means by which a school board can carry out its legal duties or exercise its legal powers. As such, the primary purpose of a school board meeting is to transact business. Secondarily, school board meetings provide opportunities for creative and constructive decision-making by members of the board while attempting to reach consensus on strategic issues. In addition, school board meetings offer an opportunity for the public to address the Board of Education.
All Board meetings are open to the public. The schedule of regular meetings is published on the District's online calendar. Special and emergency meetings are occasionally called to handle school matters that cannot be deferred to monthly meetings. Notices of all meetings are posted in accordance with state law.
Prior to each Board meeting, Board members receive information concerning the items that will be presented on the agenda. This allows the Board members time to consider items and, if appropriate, to consult with constituents prior to making their decisions.
Ohio law permits the Board of Education to meet in executive session to consider personnel issues, the purchase or sale of property, legal matters, and safety and security. Only these sessions are closed to the public.
Agendas and meeting minutes are provided as PDF files, which can be viewed or printed using your Web browser and Adobe’s Acrobat Reader software. Macintosh and Windows versions of Acrobat Reader may be downloaded free of charge from Adobe.
Community Involvement at School Board Meetings
Community members are encouraged to participate in school district affairs, and a special portion of the board agenda, “Public Participation" is set aside to listen to the public. This segment of the meeting is scheduled within the agenda and the President of the Board will ask for citizen comments at the proper time. When addressing the board, a community member is requested to identify him/herself by name and address. If an individual represents a group, then the group should also be identified. The Board of Education normally provides three minutes for each speaker. Although the Board encourages public comment, it must also be understood that the Board may or may not provide feedback or take action immediately following the public comment. Inquiries are directed to the superintendent who will investigate the matter and report as quickly as possible to the citizen and to the Board of Education. If formal school board action is called for, the matter will usually be placed on the agenda for a future regular meeting of the Board of Education.