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SCHOOL MATTERS - Norwalk school board functions on many levels

Norwalk Reflector Staff • Oct 28, 2015 at 3:46 PM

What is the function of the board of education?

School board members are citizens whose decisions affect our children what they learn, who will teach them, and what kinds of facilities are available in the district. A Board of Education is charged with the duty of managing the public schools within its jurisdiction. The Ohio Revised Code gives boards the authority to make rules and regulations as it deems necessary for the governance of the local schools. The Board hires a superintendent and a treasurer. The superintendent is hired to administer the established rules and regulations. The board hires the treasurer to serve as the chief financial officer, responsible for the prudent accountability of all money received and spent by the district. The board has the primary authority to exercise supervision and control for both academic and extracurricular activities. There are 723 school boards in the state of Ohio with more than 3,415 members.

Ohioans benefit every day from the dedicated energies and countless hours devoted by school board members across the state. Board members take their responsibilities seriously by attending meetings, conferences and school events. They are called upon to make difficult decisions and often times they are criticized for these decisions. The month of January has been declared School Board Recognition Month by the Ohio School Boards Association and former governor Bob Taft.

The Norwalk City School District is governed by five dedicated individuals who understand the community's unique challenges, values, traditions, and culture. Our board of education consists of Janet Broz, with 10 years of service; Mike Grose, 3 years of service; John Lendrum, 11 years of service; Rob Ludwig, 2 years of service; and Scott Truxell with 3 1/2 years of service. This year, Mike Grose will serve as board president with Rob Ludwig serving as vice president. The board of education holds regular monthly meetings on the second Tuesday of the month with the exception of April and November when the meeting is held on the third Tuesday. The meeting locations are in the various schools within the system. The meetings are open to the public.

The meeting locations and times for the remainder of this school year are as follows:

At 7 p.m. Feb. 13 at Pleasant Elementary.

At 7 p.m. March 13 at the high school.

At 7 p.m. April 17 at Maplehurst Elementary.

At 7 p.m. May 8 at the high school.

At 4:30 p.m. June 12 at the high school.

Dr. Wayne Babcanec is the superintendent of Norwalk City Schools. His column appears every other Friday. For more information on Norwalk City Schools, call (419) 668-2779.

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