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 everyday 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 Governor Ted Strickland.
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, 4 years of service; John Lendrum, 12 years of service; Rob Ludwig, four years of service; and Scott Truxell with 4 1⁄2 years of service. This year, Rob Ludwig will serve as board president with Janet Broz serving as vice president. The board of education holds regular monthly meetings on the second Tuesday of the month with the exception of 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 calendar year are as follows:
n Pleasant Elementary 7 p.m. Feb. 12.
n High school 7 p.m. March 11.
n Maplehurst Elementary 7 p.m. April 8.
n High school 7 p.m. May 13.
n High school 4:30 p.m. June 10.
n High school 4:30 p.m. July 8.
n High school 4:30 p.m. Aug. 12.
n Main Street School 7 p.m. Sept. 9.
n Middle school 7 p.m. Oct. 14.
n High school 7 p.m. Nov. 18.
n League Elementary 7 p.m. Dec. 9.
Wayne Babcanec is superintendent of Norwalk City Schools.