WHAT ARE THE DUTIES OF THE BOARD?
The Board of Education is the policy-making body of the school district. The policies which it establishes are executed by the administration and faculty/staff of the district.
Policy decisions of the Board are duplicated in the Board Policy Book, copies of which have been placed in each school office of the district and the offices of the superintendent and the treasurer. Questions concerning “what is policy” are best answered by reading the appropriate section of the policy manual.
WHEN CAN THE BOARD HOLD AN EXECUTIVE SESSION?
All regular meetings of the Board are open to the public. Closed, executive sessions may be held to consider the following topics: personnel matters, the purchase or sale of property, imminent court action, negotiations, security arrangements, legal matters and items which are confidential under federal law (Section 121.22 Ohio Revised Code).
HOW CAN MATTERS OF CONCERN BE BROUGHT TO THE ATTENTION OF THE BOARD OF EDUCATION?
Residents of the community may bring an issue to the attention of the Board of Education by letter. Letters should be addressed to the Board of Education, Upper Sandusky Exempted Village School District, 800 North Sandusky Avenue, Suite A, Upper Sandusky, Ohio 43351.
Questions of inquiry or statements of concern may also be addressed to any district and/or building administrator.
HEARING OF PUBLIC REQUESTS GUIDELINES
Board meetings are held for the purpose of conducting the business of the schools and therefore are not public meetings, but meetings held in public. There are three types of Board meetings: regular, special and emergency.
All regular meetings of the Board shall be open to the public. The Board desires to hear the viewpoints of citizens, students, and employees and shall schedule time at the opening of all regular meetings for them to be heard. Because of the nature of special and emergency meetings, these meetings normally will not be open to public participation unless a majority of the board votes to include public participation.
The Board maintains a Sign-In Sheet for all visitors to sign as they enter the Board Meeting Room. Speakers must sign the register.
For the Board of Education to fulfill its obligation to complete the planned agenda in an effective and efficient manner, a maximum of thirty (30) minutes of public comment may be permitted. All presentations must be done in an orderly fashion and must not impede the meeting either before, during or after presentations.
- Any individual desiring to speak shall give his/her name, address, and group, if any, that is represented.
- The presentation should be as brief as possible. Unless an extension of time is granted, each speaker shall be limited to three (3) minutes until the total time of thirty (30) minutes is used.
- If there are numerous requests to address the same topic, the president may select representatives to speak to each side of the issue. The Board has the right to overrule the president by a majority vote.
- The Board will not hear personal complaints about school personnel nor against any person associated with the school system. Other means are provided for Board consideration and disposition of legitimate complaints involving individuals.
- Recognition of individuals who are not citizens of the district is to be determined by a majority vote of the Board.
- Members of the Board and the superintendent may have the privilege of asking questions of any person who addresses the Board.
The Board grants its president authority to terminate remarks of any individual when they do not adhere to the rules above.
The Board shall not be obligated to consider the problem or request of a petitioner unless the matter has been presented to each individual member of the Board, in writing, at least forty-eight (48) hours in advance of the meeting, excluding Sunday and legal holidays. Written business to be brought before the Board must be delivered to the Board of Education Office, 800 North Sandusky Avenue, Suite A, Upper Sandusky, Ohio 43351, before 4:00 p.m. on the Wednesday before the regular Monday Board meeting.
Members of the public will not be recognized by the president as the Board conducts its official business, except when the Board schedules, in advance, an interim public discussion period on a particular agenda item.
THE SCHOOLS ARE YOURS The Upper Sandusky Exempted Village School District is governed by the laws of the United States, the State of Ohio, and by policies established by the local Board of Education. Many of the policies and procedures that directly concern you and your children are adopted locally by the Board of Education.
WHO ARE THE MEMBERS OF THE BOARD OF EDUCATION?
The Board of Education is a governing body elected by the citizens of the school district to be legally responsible for the education of the children of the district. The Board is comprised of five (5) citizens elected to serve overlapping terms of four (4) years each. Current board members and the expiration date of their term are: Current Board Members