School Board Services

This track is intended for all board members, regardless of experience. Sessions deal with improvement of the board, either individually or as a group. All sessions will be held in rooms C 213-215.

Monday, 9 a.m.
Boardmanship 101 — how to excel
Whether you are a new board member or a veteran, the roles and functions of the board and its members are often misunderstood. This OSBA session explains the key functions of the board and pitfalls to avoid so your board can work together better.

Monday, 2 p.m.
Right time, right message, right people

You want to put your district in the best position for success, no matter what the challenge or opportunity. You do this every day with every interaction you have with students, staff, parents and community members. This dynamic OSBA session focuses on the board's role in sending the right messages at the right time to the right people.

Monday, 3:45 p.m.
Challenges of being a board member and parent

You are a member of the school board and your children attend school in the district. Where are the boundaries? Kirtland Local (Lake) and Brindza McIntyre & Seed LLP identify potential areas of conflict between your board and parental responsibilities, ways to manage the conflict and several policy recommendations.

Tuesday, 9 a.m.
Preparing to lead in the 21st century

This highly interactive OSBA session focuses on leadership and cultivating work environment success among today’s educators. This insightful, entertaining workshop includes demonstrations of basic techniques and a discussion on solutions.

Tuesday, 2 p.m.
Find common ground through a strategic game

After an unsuccessful levy, Rossford EV needed a unified facilities vision. Members played a game, wrestling with cost, location, operational savings and individual plans. Discover how they identified similar features, negotiated differences and found common ground as a starting point to bring new life to the community process.

Tuesday, 3:45 p.m.
Student representatives to the school board

Hear how Cambridge City gives students real-life experience in the functions and responsibilities of serving on a school board. Students learn how a board works through the problem-solving and decision-making processes and the importance of citizenship and becoming involved in their community.

 Wednesday, 9 a.m.
The link between law and board policy

Discuss the relationship between state and federal law, state agency rules, board policy and administrative guidelines with an OSBA staff attorney. By understanding the board policy process and its link to state and federal law, school board members become more effective policymakers.