The Wickliffe City School District's Board of Education is composed of five members elected to four-year terms by the citizens of the district. Under Ohio law, board members may be paid as much as $125.00 each per meeting.
Several days prior to regular meetings, board members are furnished a list of the bills to be paid, recommendations of the superintendent, and any other business likely to be considered. This advance agenda gives each board member an opportunity to study and consider current business ahead of the actual meeting. Thus, a great deal of time is saved in the handling of routine matters.
The president of the board recognizes visitors immediately after the financial transactions are completed, which is usually ten to fifteen minutes after the meeting begins. This is the time when citizens who wish to, should address the board. Since the president of the board is usually the chair of the meeting, you should direct your remarks to him/her. He/she may reply to your remarks, or ask the superintendent or other administrative staff members, or board members to assist in clarifying an issue. Visitors are also recognized for the purpose of discussing agenda items at the conclusion of the superintendent's recommendations.
Rules for Addressing the Board
- A person wishing to address the Wickliffe Board of Education is requested to notify the Treasurer in writing at least one week in advance of the meeting indicating the subject of the remarks. Advance notification simply enables the board to have all available information on a particular subject at hand on the meeting night.
- If no advance request has been made, a citizen may still speak when the chairperson recognizes the visitors by giving the Treasurer a slip of paper showing his/her name, address, and subject for discussion.
- Persons speaking to the board may have three minutes, with extensions requiring a unanimous vote of the board. Each subject is allotted 15 minutes with the same provision for extension.
- Visitors may direct their questions only to the board as a whole. A board member may wish to question a speaker, or to make a comment for clarification.
- There must be unanimous board consent to hear any person discuss a motion pending before the board.
- Complaints against an individual school employee should be made to the board in writing and signed by the person making the charge or complaint in order that rumors, untruthful statements and unjust accusations be eliminated from board consideration.
- Any speaker who engages in defamatory or abusive remarks may be cut off in mid-address by the president.
- Persons under 18 years of age, who wish to address the board, should be accompanied by a parent or guardian unless the board waives this requirement by unanimous consent.
- It is to be remembered at all times, that the school board is a statutorily constituted body engaged in the transaction of public business. The board acts in accordance with the authority and responsibility vested in it by law on behalf of all citizens, present at the meeting or not.
General Order of Business
- Pledge of allegiance
- Roll call
- Approval of minutes
- Approval of financial reports
- Verbal communications
- Written communications
- Unfinished business
- New business
- Additions to the agenda
- Verbal communications (Agenda items only)
- Press conference
- Board members
- Executive session