Board of Education
We are a community of learners inspiring each student to explore, grow, and achieve.
We believe quality public education and good Board service should be conducted in an ethical manner with traditional principles such as hone sty, trust, fairness and integrity. As Board members, we are guided by Ohio law, the Ohio School Boards Association's Code of Ethics (below) and the National School Board Association's Code of Conduct (below).
We strive to support our school district, its leadership, teachers, staff, students and their families in every way we possibly can. We wish for our public meetings to be both welcoming and productive. Below, we have provided information we think will help answer some of the most frequently asked questions by those who join us in meetings. We hope you find it helpful. As always, thank you for engaging in the education of our community's children.
Lakewood Board of Education
The Lakewood Local School District Regular Board of Education meetings are held in the Lakewood High School Library and are broadcast via Facebook Live (www.facebook.com/lakewood.k12.oh.us). Smaller committee or policy meetings will be held on Zoom.
Board Meeting Operations
Board Meeting Agenda
For the public comments portion of the agenda, in-person attendees can comment in person. For those attending virtually, please complete and submit this form. The form can be submitted before the meeting and throughout the meeting until the second public comments section has occurred. These comments will be read at the appropriate time in the meeting and applicable follow-up will be provided during or after the meeting by a member of the administration.
If you have questions, please call 740-928-5878.
Ohio law permits board members to hold limited subject 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 SUNSHINE LAW
Ohio's Sunshine Law (Ohio Revised Code Section (RC) 121.22) requires public bodies, including school boards of education to hold public meetings, provide notices of when those meetings will occur, keep minutes of those meetings, permit executive sessions for discussion of limited subjects and establish penalties for violations of the law.
The public is invited to join regular Board of Education meetings at 6:30 pm in the LHS Library or via Facebook Live on the district's regular Facebook page.
** Please note that the meeting will recess into Executive Session per ORC 121.22(G)(1).
PUBLIC PARTICIPATION PROCESS
We welcome community member participation at meetings. Those who wish to address the board will be asked to stand and begin by telling the Board their name and address. Public participation is scheduled in each meeting's agenda and may also be allowed when a Board member invites additional commentary.
Comments are limited to three minutes. Because we wish to hear from everyone who would like to comment, we ask that no participant speak more than once on the same topic until all others who wish to speak on that topic have been heard. We encourage residents to bring up issues that affect the district as a whole. Board meetings are not the appropriate place to discuss individual or building-level concerns, or for personnel issues. Also, out of respect to students and staff, the board does not allow personal attacks. Those who violate the policy will be asked to immediately conclude their statement.
BOARD POLICIES & BYLAWS
CODE OF ETHICS
While serving as a member of the Board of Education, each member is expected to agree to abide by the following code of ethics promulgated by the Ohio School Boards Association:
- Remember that my first and greatest concern must be the educational welfare of all students attending the public schools;
- Obey the Laws of Ohio and the United States;
- Respect the confidentiality of privileged information;
- Recognize that as an individual Board member I have no authority to speak or act for the Board;
- Work with other members to establish effective Board policies;
- Delegate authority for the administration of the schools to the Superintendent and staff;
- Encourage ongoing communication among Board members, the Board, students, staff, and the community;
- render all decisions based on the available facts and my independent judgement rather than succumbing to the influence of individuals or special interest groups;
- Make ever effort to attend all Board meetings;
- Become informed concerning the issues to be considered at each meeting;
- Improve my boardsmanship by studying educational issues by participating in in-service programs;
- Support the employment of staff members based on qualifications and not as a result of influence;
- cooperate with other Board members and administrators to establish a system of regular and impartial evaluations of all staff;
- Avoid conflicts of interest or the appearance thereof;
- Refrain from using my Board position for benefit of myself, family members, or business associates;
- Express my personal opinions but, once the Board has acted, accept the will of the majority
CODE OF CONDUCT
In addition, the Board of Education believes that each member should agree to work cooperatively and effectively with others and conform his/her behavior to the following code of conduct by collectively and individually agreeing to:
- Abide by the code of ethics promulgated by the Ohio School Board Association;
- Act as an advocate for the Schools and children;
- Set High expectations for the work of the Boardl;
- Keep the Board's primary focus on the best interests of students;
- Strive sincerely to build better relationships with one another and the Superintendent;
- Set clear goals for the Superintendent;
- Support the Superintendent and help him/her to be as effective as possible;
- Prepare carefully before each meeting so that when each Board member has the floor, she/he can make comments that are concise, organized and clear;
- Vote his/her individual convictions based on the available facts and his/her independent judgement and refrain from surrendering his/her judgement to particular individuals or groups;
- Devote sufficient time, thoughts and study to proposed actions;
- Become well versed in parliamentary procedure;
- Listen carefully and with courtesy when other people have the floor and are speaking during Board meetings;
- Refuse to become involved in micromanagement;
- emphasize planning, policy making, and public relations rather than becoming involved in management of the schools;
- establish clear goals for the District and ensure that the community is aware of these goals;
- Keep abreast of current educational issues within the District, throughout the State, and across the Nation;
- Establish fair and equitable terms and conditions of employment and evaluation for all staff; and
- select sound instructional strategies and materials and submit them to regular and impartial evaluations.