(A) Any educational service center that is formed by merging two or more educational service centers or former county school districts may determine the number of members of its governing board and whether the members are to be elected at large or by subdistrict, provided each board shall have an odd number of members.
(B) The governing board of each service center that is merging to form the new service center shall include identical provisions for electing the new service center's governing board in its resolution adopted pursuant to division (A) of section 3311.053 of the Revised Code. If there is any transition period between the effective date of the merger of the service centers and the assumption of control of the new service center by the new board, the resolutions shall include provisions for an interim governing board which shall be appointed to govern the service center until the time the new board is elected and assumes control of the service center.
(C) Any provisions for electing a governing board adopted pursuant to division (B) of this section may provide for the election of members at large, may provide for the establishment of subdistricts within the district, or may require some members to be elected at large and some to be elected from subdistricts. If subdistricts are included, the resolutions shall specify the manner in which their boundaries are to be drawn. The provisions shall attempt to ensure that each elected member of the board represents an equal number of residents of the service center. To accomplish this, any subdistrict containing a multiple of the number of electors in another subdistrict, may elect at-large within that subdistrict, a number of board members equal to the multiple that its population is of the population of the other subdistrict.
(D) The provisions for selecting board members set forth in the latest resolution adopted pursuant to this section shall remain the method of electing board members within that educational service center.
Effective Date: 09-05-2001; 06-30-2006