Back Row: Jason Bowers, Pat Schymanski, Jeff Christoff
Front Row: Brenda Stocker, Christine Ulrich
President: Jason Bowers
Vice- President: Jeff Christoff
Policy Committee: Jeff Christoff, Christine Ulrich
Apollo Representative: Denny Fricke (former Elida board member)
Buildings & Grounds: Jason Bowers, Brenda Stocker
Finance, Insurance & Audit: Jeff Christoff, Jason Bowers
Legislative Liaison: Pat Schymanski
Community Relations: Jeff Christoff, Christine Ulrich
Student Achievement Liaison: Brenda Stocker
Personnel: Brenda Stocker, Pat Schymanski
Educational Foundation: Pat Schymanski
The Board’s Goal
As representatives of the community, joined in a positive, cooperative effort with parents, students and staff, it is the mission of the Elida Board of Education to determine the direction of the school district, set policies, define goals and work toward providing the highest quality resources that will ensure that every student receives the very best education possible and is prepared for the future as a productive and responsible citizen.
A Board of Citizens
Five citizens are elected to the board. Each member serves a four-year term. To maintain continuity, the terms are staggered. The board is a policy-making body that represents both the State of Ohio and district residents on all matters and decisions regarding public education. No individual member has the independent authority to speak for the board.
Duties of the Board
- Making sure all students of the district are provided with educational opportunities
- Hiring a superintendent and treasurer
- Overseeing the annual budget
- Approving contracts with district employees as required by law.
Board meetings are open to the public and citizens are encouraged to attend. Board meetings are held in the Community Room of Elida High School, 401 E. North St., at 7:00 p.m. Also, the board occasionally conducts special meetings when district matters need immediate attention.
Copies of the board’s agenda are available online and at the board meeting and contain the following:
- Information about last month’s meeting
- Monthly school reports
- Items for action
Approved board minutes also are available at online.
The Board of Education recognizes the value of public comment on educational issues and the importance of allowing members of the public to express themselves on school matters of community interest.
The Board is also committed to conducting its meetings in a productive and efficient manner that assures that the regular agenda of the Board is completed in a reasonable period of time, honors the voluntary nature of the Board's time and using that time efficiently, and allows for a fair and adequate opportunity for input to be considered.
Consequently, public participation at Board meetings will be governed by the following principles:
In order to permit the fair and orderly expression of such comment, the Board shall provide a period for public participation at those public meetings of the Board during which action may be taken and publish rules to govern such participation in Board meetings.
Two opportunities for public participation will be provided at each meeting: 1) early in the meeting, members of the public may address the board about items specific to the agenda, and 2) at the conclusion of the meeting, members of the public may address the board about any item related to the school district.
The presiding officer of each Board meeting at which public participation is permitted shall administer the rules of the board for its conduct. The presiding officer shall be guided by the following rules:
A. Public participation shall be permitted at the discretion of the presiding officer.
B. Attendees must register their intention to participate in the public portion of the meeting upon their arrival at the meeting.
C. Participants must be recognized by the presiding officer and will be requested to preface their comments by an announcement of their name, address, group affiliation, if and when appropriate, and topic to be discussed.
D. Each statement made by a participant shall be limited to three (3) minutes duration, unless extended by the presiding officer.
E. No participant may speak more than once on the same topic unless all others who wish to speak on that topic have been heard.
F. All statements shall be directed to the presiding officer: no person may address or question board members individually.
G. Tape or video recordings are permitted. The person operating the recorder should contact the Superintendent prior to the Board meeting to review possible placement of the equipment, and must agree to abide by the following conditions:
1) No obstructions are created between the Board and the audience.
2) No interviews are conducted in the meeting room while the Board is in session.
3) No commentary, adjustment of equipment, or positioning of operators is made that would distract either the Board or members of the audience while the Board is in session and not disrupt the meeting.
H. The presiding officer may:
1) prohibit public comments that are frivolous, repetitive, and/or harassing;
2) interrupt, warn, or terminate a participant's statement when the statement is too lengthy, personally directed, abusive, obscene, or irrelevant;
3) request any individual to leave the meeting when that person does not observe reasonable decorum;
4) request the assistance of law enforcement officers in the removal of a disorderly person when that person's conduct interferes with the orderly progress of the meeting;
5) call for a recess or an adjournment to another time when the lack of public decorum so interferes with the orderly conduct of the meeting as to warrant such action;
6) waive these rules with the approval of the Board when necessary for the protection of privacy or the administration of the Board's business.
I. In order for the Board to fulfill its obligation to complete the planned agenda in an effective and efficient fashion, the Board President will determine a maximum amount of time for public participation. The period of public participation may be extended by a vote of the majority of the Board.
Ohio law permits board members to hold private discussions during a meeting. Executive sessions allow members to discuss personnel matters, property purchases, possible legal action, employment negotiations, security arrangements and items the law says must be kept confidential. Because Ohio law says all votes must be cast in public, executive sessions are for discussion purposes only.
The superintendent administers the district’s educational and co-curriculum programs and carries out board policies. The superintendent has the ultimate responsibility for curriculum, staffing, evaluation and all other educational services. The superintendent is directly responsible to the board. All other employees of the district, with the exception of the treasurer, are responsible to the superintendent.
The treasurer administers, in cooperation with the superintendent, the financial, legal and contractual business of the district. The treasurer is not a member of the board. Instead, the treasurer is an employee of the board.