Veteran board members and board officers serve critical leadership roles in their districts. Whether you are in your fourth year or your 14th, staying current is crucial to you and a benefit to your district. These workshops, created with board officers and veteran board members in mind and led by experienced OSBA staff, will present the tools you need to improve your boardmanship skills and effectively lead your district.

Registration fee includes a copy of the Board Presidents' Guidebook.


8 a.m.
Registration and breakfast
9 a.m.
The collaborative leader: Facilitating consensus and teamwork
Cheryl W. Ryan, director of board and management services, OSBA
Managing difficult decisions and finding a way to meet the needs and expectations of everyone on your leadership team isn’t easy, but is critical to success.
10:15 a.m.
Leading through policy
Kenna S. Haycox, senior policy consultant, OSBA
New legislation and budget priorities will affect your policies in the next year. Be prepared to lead your district through the policy changes that will be recommended or required.
11:15 a.m.
What to expect from the new administration
Will Schwartz, lobbyist, OSBA
Ohio will welcome a new governor in 2019 and that means new educational priorities and plans. This session will focus on what will likely be new or different from the statehouse and from Ohio’s legislators.
12:15 p.m.
Lunch (provided)
12:45 p.m.
Transportation hot topics
Pete Japikse, senior transportation consultant, OSBA
Student transportation is a key area of every district’s budget, and legislative changes are expected in the coming months. Get some suggestions to help your district administrators mitigate disruption and impacts to the budget.
1:45 p.m.
When controversy comes calling
Sara C. Clark, chief legal counsel, OSBA
Identify common controversies boards may face, including contentious public participation sessions, employment matters that become public relations nightmares and other sensitive, controversial or uncomfortable issues that boards must address. Leave with practical tips and recommendations for resolution.
2:30 p.m.
Open meetings and parliamentary procedure
Sara C. Clark
Not understanding or following the Open Meetings Act or Robert’s Rules of Order can cause legal and practical issues for a school board. Review the requirements and best practices, and walk through case studies and hypotheticals designed to help you ensure your board meetings are legal, efficient and well-run.
3:45 p.m.
Wrap-up and adjourn