During its November 12 meeting, the Mason City School Board of Education approved a memorandum of understanding with its joint vocational school district, Great Oaks Institute of Technology and Career Development, in line with a provision in Ohio's biennial budget bill that changed who can serve and for how long.
House Bill 59 not only set the state's spending plan for 2014 and 2015, but limits joint vocational school board members to two consecutive three-year terms and requires them to have certain business experience.
“Members … shall have experience as chief financial officers, chief executive officers, human resources managers or other business, industry or career counseling professionals who are qualified to discuss the labor needs of the region with respect to the regional economy,” according to the law.
It would also not require board members to live in the district, but says at least three-fifths of the members “shall reside in or be employed within the territory of the joint vocational school district.”
During its December 17 meeting, the Mason City School District will appoint a new member to the board.