Recently appointed to your school board? Attend this one-day workshop for first-term board members and get up to speed on hot topics. You will hear from experienced OSBA staff in this one-day condensed workshop will focus on boardmanship, governance, legal, policy and advocacy issues. Learn about the important aspects of board work, frequently asked legal questions, how board policies help govern your district and how to be an effective legislative and student achievement advocate for your students. Discover the resources OSBA has to help you in your first year, your first term and beyond.


Saturday, Jul. 24, 2021

9 a.m.
Steve Horton, senior board and management services consultant, OSBA
9:10 a.m.
Boardmanship — roles, responsibilities and ethics for board members
Steve Horton
Effective board service begins with a clear understanding of the roles and responsibilities of the board and administration. Ethical conduct and strong communication among the members of the board defines the governance of the district, and ultimately sets the leadership team up for success.
10:30 a.m.
10:45 a.m.
Legislative advocacy
Nicole Piscatani, lobbyist, OSBA
Learn about the legislative process and the important advocacy role you play as a board member.
11:30 a.m.
School finance for new board members
Nicole Piscatani, lobbyist, OSBA
A solid foundational understanding of the intricacies of public school funding is crucial for board members. This session will introduce you the history of Ohio school funding and offer insight into changes occurring in the new biennial budget bill.
12 p.m.
12:45 p.m.
What new board members need to know about policy
Kenna Haycox, senior policy services consultant, OSBA
Effective policies are an essential tool for effective district governance. This session will review best practices for policy development and implementation. Interactive discussions of pitfalls and possibilities boards face in policy will assist you in impacting student success and district operations through policy governance.
1:30 p.m.
New board members and the law part 1
Van Keating, senior staff attorney, Legal Services, OSBA
In order to become an effective school board member, it is important to understand some basic laws that surround boards and the school districts they serve, such as meeting requirements, voting, parliamentary procedure, conflicts of interest and ethics. This session will focus on these and other related areas of law as well as providing an opportunity for attendees to learn about OSBA's Division of Legal Services.
2:30 p.m.
2:45 p.m.
New board members and the law part 2
Van Keating
3:30 p.m.
Closing remarks, questions and adjourn