New Board Member Passport

The Ohio School Boards Association is your guide as you begin your first year of board service. OSBA provides comprehensive training, support, resources and inspiration to school boards to maximize their effectiveness in carrying out their leadership roles.

To help you start off on the right path, OSBA created the New Board Member Passport

This tour of workshops exposes you to topics that are important to new board members in their first year. We’ve also included stops at events in your region of the state to help you network with and learn from colleagues in other school districts. 

Review the passport stops below and prepare for your journey into the world of boardmanship. Bon voyage!

Stop 1: Board Member 101: Survival kit for your first 90 days in office
This survival kit will help you step off on the right foot. These two-day new board member academies are offered over two weekends in four locations:
Jan. 20-21 at the Hilton Garden Inn, Miamisburg, or Hilton Garden Inn, Perrysburg • Cost is $255
Jan. 27-28 at the Embassy Suites, Columbus, or Embassy Suites, Independence • Cost is $255

Stop 2: School Finance 101: What school board members should know 
School finance is a complicated subject. As board members, it is important to know the basics. Learn from the experts about state and local funding, levies and five-year forecasts. Become your district’s expert and find out how to access data and what questions to ask.
Feb. 22 at the OSBA office, Columbus • Cost is $160

Stop 3: Regional conference
To enhance and customize member services, OSBA is divided into five regions: Central, Northeast, Northwest, Southeast and Southwest. The regions host spring and fall conferences, where attendees gather for dinner, fellowship, learning, networking and recognition and share in the successes of Ohio public education. Visit to learn about your region and find the dates and locations for these conferences. • Cost varies

Stop 4: OSBA Board Leadership Institute
Take your leadership to the next level at the OSBA Board Leadership Institute. This two-day institute is designed for board members by board members. Participate in an opening general session, closing luncheon and multiple breakout sessions while networking with colleagues throughout the event. 
April 27-28 at the Hilton Columbus/Polaris, Columbus • Cost is $265

Stop 5: New board members: How's it going so far?
Now that you have actually been on the job for several months, check in to reinforce your learning. Review board member best practices, discuss interactive scenarios and work through your questions on parliamentary procedure, public records and the Sunshine Law. 
June 9 at the OSBA office, Columbus • Cost is $95

Stop 6: 2018 OSBA Capital Conference and Trade Show
The annual OSBA Capital Conference and Trade Show offers exceptional opportunities for learning, sharing and networking. This three-day event offers General Sessions, more than 150 learning sessions and something for every member of your district’s administrative team.
Nov. 11-13 at the Greater Columbus Convention Center, Columbus • Cost is $295