The Hudson Board of Education consists of members who are dedicated to providing the children residing within the Hudson School District boundaries an excellent educational program. We are proud and committed to the strong tradition of empowering our students to acheive uncharted levels of success.
In addition, we have a fiscal responsibility to all of our stakeholders, including students, parents, staff and community members to provide the programs needed to help our students succeed in a world we can only imagine, while maximizing efforts to help control costs.
We encourage each and every citizen to be involved in your schools. There are many opportunities to volunteer and/or to provide your input. Help a child learn to read, complete a survey, join a committee, be part of a focus group, engage in the process and let us know how we are doing!
We invite you to be part of the unity, success and pride in your schools!
Coffee with a Board member
We also invite you to join a Board member for a monthly coffee in a comfortable setting at Starbucks, Panera or Caribou Coffee. The schedule for the 2011-2012 second semester of school is as follows:
- Thursday, January 24, 8-9:30 AM, Panera
- Wednesday, February 6, 7-8:30 PM, Caribou Coffee
- Tuesday, March 5, 8-:9:30 PM, Starbucks
- Tuesday, April 9, 7-8:30 PM, Panera
- Wednesday, May 8, 8-9:30 AM, Caribou Coffee
Q: What are the responsibilities of the Board of Education?
The Board of Education is reponsible for providing an educational program for the youth of the school district; for establishing the policies of the district, which are then carried out by the superintendent, treasurer and the administrative staff; and for deciding how the revenue of the district is spent, and when necessary goes to the voters for additional tax dollars.
Q: Why does the Board hold executive sessions? Shouldn't all business be conducted in public?
A: By law, the Board of Education is allowed to discuss business pertaining to certain issues in executive session. Some of these issues include employee, student or legal matters. The right to privacy, particularly concerning employees and students, is also protected by other privacy and labor laws. However, Board action (voting) must take place in public.
Q: I called a Board member and asked for help for my child. I was referred to the teacher. Isn't it the responsibility of Board member to handle student issues?
A: The Board of Education is responsible for school finances, policy and making sure that the administration is following policy in its daily operations. Unless the problem is directly related to these responsibilities, a Board member will refer you to the proper teacher, administrator or office for help.
Q: I recently attended a Board meeting and asked a question during public comments. The Board thanked me and said they would get back to me. Shouldn't they answer my question during the meeting?
A: The Board holds its regular meetings in public; however, the regular meetings are not the same as a public meeting. Your Board of Education includes a portion for public comments in its Agenda. In addition, the Board reserves the right to follow-up with residents after the meeting to answer questions. The Board periodically holds special "public meetings" to gather input from residents on specific issues pertaining to school business.
Q: How can I be sure the Board is being fiscally responsible with my tax money?
A: The finances of the school district are a matter of public record. Residents have access to all financial reports, including 5-year financial projections, budgets, and the revenues and expenditures of the district. These reports are posted on the web and may be obtained by submitting a public records request to the treasurer's office. In addition, the district is required to submit its financial reports to the State. This data and comparable data from other districts is available on the Ohio Department of Education Web site.
Q: How can I obtain information about what is happening at Board meetings if I can't attend?
A. The Board of Education Agenda and Minutes are posted on the Web site. In addition, each meeting is televised on HCTV, channel 26. The broadcast schedule is posted on this web site as a link to the City of Hudson web site and is published in the Hudson Hub-Times. BOE Agendas may be obtained by calling the Superintendent's office at 330-653-1216. Board of Education Minutes may be obtained by submiting a public records request to the treasurer's office at 330-653-1270, or via email request at firstname.lastname@example.org.