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Reps. Ingram and Sobecki provide testimony on bill raising school board member pay and ethic requirements

September 28, 2021
Catherine D. Ingram News

COLUMBUS– State Reps. Catherine Ingram (D-Cincinnati) and Lisa Sobecki (D-Toledo) today provided sponsor testimony before the Ohio Primary and Secondary Education Committee on House Bill (HB) 334, which would increase the maximum compensation amount permitted under state law for school board members and require each board member to complete ethics training within the first year of each elected or appointed term and for each subsequent term.

“Our school board members are responsible for making so many big decisions, especially this past year, for our school districts, from the selection of the superintendent to the adoption of curricula,” said Rep. Ingram. “Therefore, it is critical that school district members are allowed the flexibility to be compensated accordingly, and enabled with the skills necessary to be ethical and accountable to the public.”

“School board members do a great service to our communities and students,” said Rep. Sobecki. “As a past school board member, I understand firsthand the tireless and often thankless effort required to be on a school board. School boards across the state deserve recognition for their dedication and leadership, especially the leadership shown throughout the past year.”

HB 334 would: 

●        Require each member of a school district board of education and an educational service center (ESC) governing board to complete training on ethics, public records, and open meetings;

●         Increase the amount of compensation a board member may receive for attending meetings, from $125 to $200 per day;

●         Increase the compensation a board member may receive for approved training programs, from $60 to $96 or $125 to $200 per day, depending on the duration of the training;

●         Remove a provision that limits the total compensation of a district or ESC board member to $5,000 per year.

HB 334 now awaits further hearings in the House Primary and Secondary Education Committee.