What does the Board of Education do?
The Worthington Board of Education members are elected during the general election in odd-numbered years. During the first 15 days of January, the Board meets to elect a president and vice president.
The board’s primary function is that of policy-making. A board should have clear and concise policies to do the job it was elected to do. After policies have been adopted, administrative procedures are established. The board then depends upon its superintendent to implement these policies, goals and objectives.
The superintendent is the chief executive officer for the board and school district, while the board of education is the legislative body of the school district.
Evaluation is another primary responsibility of the board of education. The board evaluates the superintendent and treasurer on a regular basis.
Board members are not administrators; they are not educational professionals; they are not evaluators of staff other than the superintendent and treasurer. Board members are not to be involved in employment interviews other than those of the superintendent and treasurer.
Worthington Board of Education Members:
- Make rules and regulations necessary for the government of the school district, its employees, the students, and all persons entering on school grounds or premises
- Make sure students are provided with educational opportunities
- Appoint a superintendent of schools and invest such powers in him/her as may be legally delegated
- Appoint a treasurer
- Act on personnel and policies recommended by the superintendent
- See that the annual budget is prepared and acted on
- Pass an annual appropriations measure
- Adopt a master calendar annually
- Enter into contracts with all personnel in the manner required by Ohio laws
- Levy taxes with a vote of the people to maintain schools
About the Board Meeting
Residents of the Worthington Schools community are encouraged to attend Board of Education meetings. Regular meetings are held the second and fourth Mondays of each month, at 7:30 p.m., in the Board Room of the Worthington Education Center, 200 E. Wilson Bridge Rd.
Ohio's Sunshine Law mandates that school board meetings be open to the public with an exception of executive sessions. In an executive session, the Board may discuss, but not vote on:
- The appointment, employment, dismissal, discipline, promotion, demotion or compensation of an employee or official, or the investigation of charges against an employee or official, or regulated individual requests a public hearing;
- The purchase of property for public purposes or the sale of property at competitive bidding;
- Disputes which are the subject of pending or imminent court action in conference with an attorney;
- Preparing for, conducting or reviewing negotiations or bargaining sessions with employees;
- Matters required to be kept confidential by federal or state statutes;
- Specialized details of security arrangements or emergency response.