Joint statement reminder for business advisory councils
Ohio law requires each business advisory council and its district board of education or educational service center governing board to issue a joint statement by March 1 each year to report progress on work outlined in the council’s plan for that year. The statement also must summarize actions taken and actions pending and specify how the council and board have fulfilled their respective responsibilities under the law.
At a minimum, the joint statement should reference:
- Meetings the council has conducted;
- The council’s plan and implementation progress;
- Brief summaries of specific activities the council conducted;
- The nature of the council’s advice and recommendations, if any, on needed employment skills and curriculum developed to instill those skills;
- The nature of the council’s advice and recommendations, if any, on economic and job market changes and the types of employment in which future jobs are most likely to be available; and
- The nature of the council’s advice and suggestions, if any, for developing working relationships among businesses, labor organizations and educational personnel.
Councils and local boards do not have to submit their statements to the Department. However, the Department recommends posting their statements on webpages dedicated to their business advisory councils’ work. In lieu of the recommended, dedicated online presence, a district board or educational service center governing board can publish the joint statement in a prominent location on an existing webpage, ensuring the statement is accessible to the public for review.
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