Board of Education


The Benjamin Logan Local Board of Education appreciates having school district residents, staff, students and other interested persons attend its meetings. As a resident of the Benjamin Logan Local School District, you have local control over your public schools. Your Benjamin Logan Local School District Board of Education cordially invites you to attend board meetings and to take an active role in the educational affairs of your community.

The decisions of your elected board of education affect your child, your child’s future, your tax rate, and the well-being of your community.

There are many ways for you to participate in your schools:

  • Keep informed and actively interested in your schools.
  • Know your child's teachers, principal, and curriculum.
  • Correspond with or appear before the board to express your views.
  • Elect the best qualified board members.
  • Participate in local parents' groups and on educational committees of various civic organizations.

Questions and Concerns

Parent’s questions regarding individual students should be discussed with the teacher first and then, if necessary, with the principal or administrator who is closest to the situation. If still further discussion seems necessary, the question can be referred to the superintendent who may consider the matter herself/himself or assign a staff member to resolve it. This procedure has been effective for most people because it gets the questioner a direct response and, at the same time, frees the board to consider matters that affect the entire district.

Citizen Participation

Citizens who have a question or concern for the board of education are invited to communicate with the board in one of three ways: by letter, through an organized group, or by attending a meeting and speaking directly to the board.

The board provides time at the beginning of each regular meeting for comments from visitors under the agenda topic, “Recognition and Hearing of Visitors.”

  • Visitors wishing to address the board are asked to telephone or write the office of the superintendent of schools at least 3 days before the meeting in order to be placed on the agenda.
  • Speakers need to submit their name, address, group affiliation and topic to be addressed and a written summary of their comments so that board members can review and study them.
  • Speakers will be recognized by the presiding officer for a time not to exceed five minutes. No more than thirty minutes may be allocated for citizen expression on any one topic.
  • No visitor shall publicly reveal the name or names of any individual or individuals if a complaint or concern is being voiced. These matters must be presented in general terms during visitor recognition, but the visitor may present the name or names to the board members in writing.
  • Personnel matters involving school employees are not recognized for discussion at public meeting. This is to protect the rights of the personnel involved.
  • In making a presentation to the board, speakers are requested to observe the parliamentary procedures necessary to conduct an orderly session.

The Order of Business

  1. Roll Call
  2. Approval of Minutes
  3. Presentations/Recognitions (if applicable)
  4. Audience Participation
  5. Administrative Reports
  6. Approval of Agenda
  7. Financial Report
  8. Items for Board Action
  • · Personnel Actions: Certificated, Classified, other
  • · Instructional
  • · Administrative
  1. Items for Information
  2. Other Business
  3. Executive Session (when necessary)

All recommendations are considered and acted upon only in open public meetings. By state law, however, executive (private) sessions can be held in regard to personnel matters and business which may involve litigation or property acquisition prior to purchase.

Board of Education Meetings

Regular meetings of the board of education are open to the public and are generally held at 6:00 p.m. on the third Monday of each month. Meetings are held in the Central Office  Conference Room.

Functions of the Board

The Benjamin Logan Local Board of Education is a policy-making body and, within the framework of state law, exercises complete control over the educational and financial affairs of the school district. Among its numerous duties, the board adopts an annual budget and approves all expenditures; employs personnel; hires and evaluates a superintendent of schools; approves curriculum, textbooks and courses of study; and makes decisions on school sites, building plans and construction contracts.

The five members of the board of education are nominated by petition and elected at a regular November election. All members serve four-year terms. A majority of the members constitutes a quorum.

Board of education members, however, have no power to act individually in the name of the board. Action can be taken only when the board is meeting in formal public session with a majority of its members present.

The board recognizes that it has an obligation to the people of the Benjamin Logan Local School communities to plan the best possible programs of education.

Philosophy of Education

It is the purpose of the Benjamin Logan Local Schools to provide educational opportunities for all youngsters regardless of race, color or creed; to include in the curriculum, courses geared to today's economic and social demands on young people; and to give basic training for all students - whether their intent is furthering their education or taking an immediate place in the community.

Education must begin with the individuals, teaching them to know and understand themselves and their relationships and responsibilities to others. It must give them the realization that any society is the result of the contributions of all. It must provide motivation for self-imposed discipline, for good moral standards, and the acquisition of skills and knowledge suited to the individual.