Terhar Re-elected Board President, Gunlock Again to be Vice President
Release date: 1/14/2013
New Accountability Committee Created to Provide Direction in implementing HB 555
Columbus, OH – State Board of Education (SBOE) member Debe Terhar was re-elected as board president and member Tom Gunlock was re-elected as vice president during the opening session of January’s Board of Education meeting.
Terhar, an elected board member from the fourth district, which includes Hamilton and Warren counties, served as president the previous two years. Gunlock, from Dayton, an at-large member appointed by the Governor, served as vice president the previous two years. Both Terhar and Gunlock were elected by 18-0 votes.
“I am honored that my colleagues have elected me to lead the board of education during such a pivotal time in education,” Terhar said. “I am honored by their vote and the confidence they have shown in me by re-electing me as board president. “
In addition, 11 SBOE members were sworn in by Ohio Supreme Court Justice Sharon Kennedy. New board members sworn in today include Sarah Fowler, of Rock Creek, elected to represent the seventh district in northeast Ohio; Stephanie Dodd, of Hebron, elected from the ninth district representing parts of central Ohio; and at-large members Darryl Mehaffie, from Greenville and Mark A. Smith from Circleville who, were recently appointed to the Board by Ohio Governor John Kasich.
Also sworn in to second terms were Ann Jacobs (District 1); Bryan Williams (District 5); Michael Collins (District 6); Jeff Hardin (District 10); Mary Rose Oakar, (District 11); and at-large members Angela T. Bennett of East Cleveland and C. Todd Jones of New Albany, who were re-appointed by Gov. Kasich.
“We are pleased to have new board members and experienced board members sworn in today,” said newly elected president Terhar. “I am confident that this board has the best interest of Ohio’s students at heart and will serve them well.”
At the board meeting, President Terhar created an Accountability Committee that will provide policy direction to the Ohio Department of Education in implementing Am. Sub. H.B. 555 (signed into law Dec. 20, 2012). The law creates a new academic performance rating system for public schools; requires an alternative rating system for community schools with dropout prevention and recovery programs; and creates a new evaluation process for community school sponsors.
The committee will meet for the first time Tuesday, Jan. 15 immediately following the business meeting of the State Board of Education at the Ohio School for the Deaf.
The State Board of Education has set education policy and directed the planning and evaluative functions of Ohio’s public schools, as well as appointed and evaluated the superintendent of public instruction since 1956. The vision of the State Board is for all students to graduate well prepared for success. The State Board is made up of 19 members, including 11 elected and eight appointed members. The chairs of the education committees of the Ohio House of Representatives and Ohio Senate serve as ex officio members.
Note: Photos of Board members sworn into today are available.