Recently, OSBA made an inquiry to the Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI) to determine whether the costs for criminal background checks on school employees, conducted by the appointing or hiring officer of a board of education, would increase beginning July 1, 2014. The answer is no.
Issues may arise that require a board of education to call a special board meeting. A special meeting refers to any meeting that is not a regular meeting. If the meeting was not set at the board’s organizational meeting in January, it is considered a special meeting. The board president, treasurer or any two board members may call the meeting (RC 3313.16).
Earlier this spring, the parents of an elementary school student sued a New York school district after the student broke his nose during a game of dodgeball in gym class. The injured student wasn’t hit by a ball, but by a panicked classmate who ran around the gym aimlessly until his head crashed into the other student’s face. The injured student’s parents filed a lawsuit against the district, claiming that there were “too many people and too many balls” and found fault that there was no “safe zone” or place for students who didn’t want to play.
Is it time to “spring clean” your district? As the school year draws to a close, now may be the perfect time to spruce up, clean up, and get your district in order for the next school year. However, as you clean out your classrooms and straighten up your storage rooms, keep in mind that there are laws that specifically regulate how districts may dispose of their school property. So, as you organize your things into the “keep” vs. “trash” piles, keep in mind the following:
Last week, the Ohio House of Representative and Ohio Senate took action to develop a plan that will provide four additional calamity days to school districts. Here’s a summary of some of the key provisions of the bill, as well as the answers to a few of the more frequently asked questions we’ve received: