Board members and administrative teams have a strong, natural interest in processes to ensure their districts are recruiting, hiring and retaining high-quality staff members, teachers and administrators. But their appropriate roles as decisions are made and staff are monitored and evaluated, can be difficult or misunderstood. This workshop answers questions about appropriate roles and responsibilities related to hiring and will help increase understanding of best practices for contracts, extensions and nonrenewals.


9:30 a.m.
9:55 a.m.
Welcome and overview
10 a.m.
Administrative contract law: What you need to know
Sara C. Clark, chief legal counsel, OSBA
This session will focus on the employment of district administrators, including the superintendent, treasurer, assistant superintendent, principals, assistant principals and business managers. Review the legal steps for hiring, evaluating, nonrenewing and terminating district administrators. Learn how to prepare now so you’re ready this spring.
11 a.m.
Equity in the hiring process
Kim Miller-Smith, senior student achievement consultant, and Dr. Kathy McFarland, deputy chief executive, OSBA
District leaders recognize the need for strong, representative teachers and principals, especially in districts with students from minority groups, lower socioeconomic households or with special needs. Learn about educator equity gaps in Ohio, the definition of properly licensed or certified teachers and some of the root causes of teacher/principal inequality. We will discuss some steps and specific strategies to address identified teacher quality gaps and pertinent leadership and human resources actions to ensure every student receives instruction from a qualified teacher. We also will explore cognitive biases that can affect the way we relate to others and place them at a disadvantage. Hear an overview of cognitive biases, the effects of biases at work, and tips and strategies to address bias throughout the hiring process.
12 p.m.
Lunch (provided)
12:30 p.m.
Understanding roles and responsibilities in human resources
Cheryl W. Ryan, director of board and management services, and Kenna S. Haycox, senior policy consultant, OSBA
This session will review best practices for board members and administrators in the employment process. We will discuss conflicts of interest, ethics in hiring processes, issues associated with nepotism and the overall role of governance as it relates to personnel. We also will review recommendations for board involvement in policy development, handbook approval and the collective bargaining process.
2 p.m.
Closing thoughts and adjourn