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

Veteran board members and board officers serve critical leadership roles in their districts. The hits never quit coming and, unfortunately, too many veteran board members believe on-the-job training is all they need to responsibly lead the board. Whether you are in your fourth year or your 14th, staying current is crucial to you and a benefit to your district.

This workshop, 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. Topics to be covered include legal duties and responsibilities; new board policies; practical parliamentary procedure; new transportation mandates; leading meetings and building team relationships; managing social media during times of controversy or crisis; and effective facilitation.


8 a.m.
Registration and breakfast (provided)
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.
Policy hot topics
Kenna S. Haycox, senior policy consultant, OSBA
Learn how new legislation and budget priorities will affect your policy in the next year and be prepared for the changes that will be required.
11:15 a.m.
Social media and media relationships
Jeff Chambers, director of communication services, OSBA
When crisis comes or when the media writes a story you didn’t expect, you need to be ready. Responding appropriately and efficiently and assuring that everyone is “singing from the same songbook” is important. Using social media to create your own good news is important, too.
12:15 p.m.
Lunch (provided)
12:45 p.m.
Keeping up with current events in school transportation
Doug Palmer, transportation consultant, OSBA
Hear about the new state law preventing schools from cancelling transportation mid-year, pedestrian safety at and around the bus stop, new federal requirements for driver training, and the federal drug and alcohol clearinghouse for CDL drivers. Time permitting, we will touch on keys to managing costs effectively.
1:45 p.m.
When controversy comes calling
Jennifer A. Hardin, deputy director of legal services, 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.
2:45 p.m.
Open meetings
Jennifer A. Hardin
OSBA’s attorneys provide answers and insights into the most common legal questions relating to the Open Meetings Act and your obligations under Ohio’s Sunshine Law.
3:45 p.m.
Wrap-up and adjourn