The role and function of board members often are misinterpreted by the public. The board is a policymaking body and members are the chief advisers to the superintendent on community attitudes. Board members do not manage the day-to-day operations of a school district; they see to it that the system is managed well by professional administrators.

Board members do not evaluate staff, other than the superintendent and treasurer, nor do they typically become involved in employment interviews, other than those of the superintendent, business manager and treasurer. Board members may be consulted during the hiring process for other positions, such as assistant superintendent.

OSBA has many resources to help you in your role as a school board member. To the right are links to short guides covering everything from running a meeting to filling a vacancy on your board. If you need additional assistance, contact our board development team at (614) 540-4000 or (800) 589-OSBA.