A Governing Board is a legal entity for providing services to public education within a geographic area of the State of Ohio. The systems was created by, and is governed by, State statues. Members of a Boards are, therefore, State officers chosen by citizens to represent them and the State in the legislative management of the local schools.
The Governing Board has the dual responsibility for implementing statutory requirements pertaining to public education and for meeting the desires of the citizens. While the Board has an obligation to determine and asses citizen desires, it is understood that when the citizens elect delagates to represent them in the conduct of specified educational programs, they, at the same time, endow their representitives with the authority to exercise their best judgment in determining policies, making decisions, and approving procedures for carrying out our responsibility.
The Board declares and hereby reaffirms its intent to:
- Maintain two-way communications with citizens of the Educational Service Center. The Board shall keep them informed of the progress and the problems of the Educational Service Center, and the concerns about the Center to the attention of this body.
- Establish policies and make decisions on the basis of declared educational goals.
- Act as a truly representative body for citizens in all matters related to the programs and operations. The Board recognizes that ultimate responsibility for public education rests with the State, but the Governing Board has been assigned specific authority through statute, and the Board shall not relinquish or fail to exercise that authority.
Recognize and value the concept of local control of school districts through the local boards of education.