Board of Education Description
The School Board is a policy-setting body. Because education is a state function, once a School Board member is elected/appointed to office they become officers of the State. As officers, they are under oath to obey and carry out its laws. The School Board is a legislative body responsible for establishing local school policies to assure that the schools are properly run in accordance with state laws and regulations. In doing so, they have no authority as individuals only as a body known as the Board.
Board meetings are NOT a public hearing. It is an official business meeting of the School Board, conducted under a prepared and limited agenda which is distributed to Board members ahead of time.
The School Board generally meets twice a month, typically on the third and fourth Monday. The third Monday of the month is a scheduled work session, where items are discussed prior to placement on the agenda for the regular business meeting which is held on the fourth Monday. Individual committee meetings are held at 5:30 p.m. prior to the 7:00 p.m. Work Sessions or Regular Board Meetings. All official meetings of the School Board, with the exception of Executive Sessions, are open to the public.
Public Participation in Board Meetings
All persons wishing to participate at the beginning of the work session or regular business meeting must register their intent with the Board Secretary by the close of business on the Tuesday prior to the meeting. Speakers participating at the regular business meeting must state the specific agenda item they wish to address when registering their intent. A 3-minute time limit will be allotted each speaker, unless waived by the Board.
For more information regarding public participation, please refer to Board Policy #006 Local Board Procedures and Board Policy #903 Public Participation in Board Meetings. Both policies are attached below as PDFs.
Board Meeting Dates
Please refer to the 2019 Board Meeting Dates PDF attached at the bottom of this page for the dates of meetings. Minutes from previous board meetings can be found here.
Members of the OCASD Board of Directors
Mr. Joseph McFadden
Mr. Fredrick Weaver
Board Vice President
Mrs. Diana Davis
Mr. Jim Disque
Mr. Chris Hibbard
Mr. Mark Kerr
Ms. Shari Neely
Mrs. Angella Scalise
Mr. Joseph Womer, Jr.
Ms. Shirley McLaughlin
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