Welcome to the Board of Education page of the New Albany-Plain Local Schools’ Web site. We encourage all of those living and/or working in our Learning Community to take an interest in the work of the Board of Education. We invite you to join us at our meetings or to call or email us with any ideas, questions, or concerns.
Regular Monthly Meetings
The Regular Monthly Business Meetings are held on the fourth Monday of each month, at 6:30 PM. These meetings are conducted at the Jeanne B. McCoy Community Center for the Arts, Mershad Hall, 100 West Dublin Granville Street (unless otherwise noted).
Board Special Meetings/Work Sessions
Work Sessions are held on the second Monday of each month at the Jeanne B. McCoy Community Center for the Arts, Mershad Hall, and begin at 6:30 PM. These meetings are typically held for the purpose of providing updates or information about upcoming issues to the Board of Education and the community. While there are generally no action items scheduled for Work Sessions, it is occasionally necessary to include action items as specific, immediate needs arise. Agendas which include any action items will be published at least 24-hours in advance of the meeting. The public is invited to attend Work Sessions, however there is no time scheduled for public participation during these meetings.
Ohio’s Open Meeting’s Law
Ohio law mandates that school board meetings be open to the public with an exception of executive sessions. In an executive session, Ohio law permits the Board to discuss, but not vote, on personnel matters, property purchases, possible legal action, employee negotiations, security arrangements, and items the law says must be kept confidential.
A board member will be present 45 minutes in advance of the meetings to answer questions or assist concerned citizens.
A calendar of all Board of Education meetings is posted at this link.
The Board of Education is legally responsible to:
- Develop policies and regulations necessary for the governance of the school district, its employees, students, and all persons entering school grounds or premises
- Ensure students are provided with high quality educational opportunities
- Appoint a superintendent of schools and invest such powers in him/her as may be legally delegated
- Appoint a treasurer
- Act on personnel and policies recommended by the superintendent
- See that the annual budget is prepared and acted on
- Pass an annual appropriations measure
- Adopt a master calendar annually
- Enter into contracts with all personnel in the manner required by Ohio laws
- Levy taxes with a vote of the people to maintain schools
Mission of the Board of Education
The Board is responsible for policy leadership and directing educational issues such as:
- Curriculum and instruction – approving curriculum
- Planning – developing and implementing the Strategic Plan
- Communication – obtaining community input and explaining Board policy and decisions
- Accountability and standards – reviewing and assuring that high standards are met
- Policy and Administration
In addition, the Board:
- Reviews policies affecting the administration of the district
- Directs the Superintendent and staff, who carry out Board of Education policy
- Encourages and takes into consideration public input (public participation)