Membership in the Ohio School Boards Association is open to Ohio’s city, exempted village, local and joint vocational school district boards of education, educational service center governing boards and the State Board of Education. These entities become members upon payment of dues. Each member board is entitled to appoint one of its members as a delegate to the annual business meeting or other called meeting of the association with the power to vote.
Public boards of education that are eligible for OSBA membership, but do not join, do not have access to OSBA’s services.
OSBA offers numerous member benefits designed to help prepare board members for their duties, overcome tough challenges and find their way to successful board governance. They include:
Statewide and local training opportunities: Develop board governance/leadership skills and earn recognition for your achievements through our variety of workshops.
Legislative advocacy at the local, state and federal levels: OSBA actively represents the interests of school board members concerning critical issues such as school-funding reform. OSBA also monitors state and federal agencies to assess regulations affecting schools.
Consulting services: Our experienced staff provide both dues-based and fee-based services in board-superintendent relations, board-treasurer relations, board effectiveness and governance, executive searches, transportation, community surveys, labor relations, safety, policy services, school law, state and federal legislation, communications, human resources and more.
Award-winning periodicals: Stay up-to-date on best practices and the latest developments in school governance with the OSBA Journal magazine and our numerous publications, including the Briefcase, School Management News, School Law Summary and Policy Development Quarterly.
Comprehensive information resources: With in-depth publications and online subscriptions, OSBA is your best source of information on education issues.
OSBA has partnered with Hanover Research to provide our biannual Membership Needs Assessment. The data from this survey will inform future professional development offerings and better meet members’ needs, particularly our understanding of how members make decisions about training; what formats they prefer or decide to attend and why; and whether there are differences by member or region criteria. Hanover Research is sending an email with the survey link to school board members, superintendents and treasurers. Watch for an email with the subject line "Ohio School Boards Association (OSBA) - Member Survey 2020" from Hanover Research in mid-December. Contact Mark Bobo at (614) 540-4000 with any feedback you may have.