Voting on matters of business that come before the board is an important duty for school board members. Whenever possible, board members are encouraged to take a stand and cast a vote. An abstention is considered as a “not voting,” which means that it’s neither a vote in favor nor a vote against the motion being made. Sometimes, an abstention makes the difference in whether a motion receives the required number of votes to pass.
Did you know that the online Ohio Sex Offender Registry (http://www.communitynotification.com/cap_main.php?office=55149) has some newer features that can help you and your staff keep track of offenders added to the database in your area via email alerts and a "reverse lookup" that can link unidentified phone numbers or email addresses with registered sex offenders
As a result of House Bill (HB) 487, community (AKA charter) school and STEM school students may now participate in extracurricular activities in certain school districts under RC 3313.537. The changes became effective on September 17, 2014.
What are the changes?
Homeless students may attend school in the school of origin or the new school of residence. The school of origin is defined as the district in which the student attended prior to becoming homeless. The school of residence is defined as the district where the homeless student has temporary shelter. The McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act requires the districts to make a best interest determination of where a homeless student should attend school.
Recently, the Ohio Attorney General’s office (OAG) was asked to provide clarification regarding a district’s tuition obligation for adult students who “support themselves by their own labor.” Since this phrase is not currently defined by law, the OAG was asked for an opinion on its meaning. But before we delve too far into the opinion, some additional background information may be in order.