(A) The board of education of each city and exempted village school district may provide an instructional program for the employees of the district. The board may provide the necessary bulletins and instructional material in connection with the program and pay the cost of meetings held for the purpose of carrying out the program.
(B) The board of any district or educational service center may provide bulletins or other materials necessary for the effective administration of the schools of such district and may compile, make available, or publish any of the following materials not inconsistent with division (C) of this section: student handbooks, dress codes, curriculum guides, school policy bulletins, newsletters, board meeting summaries or minutes, financial reports, annual reports, and other reports concerning the operation of the schools of the district or programs of the service center. Such materials shall be published for the purpose of furthering public awareness of all aspects of the board's educational program and operation including:
(1) Board policies and actions, procedures, administration and finance, and state and federal requirements;
(2) The board's programs, activities, and plans;
(3) Student achievements and information concerning employees;
(4) Any other information the board considers helpful in keeping students, parents, employees, and residents aware of the operation of the school district. The board may assign to employees the duty of producing the information authorized by this division as a part or all of their jobs.
(1) Except as otherwise provided in division (C)(2) of this section, no board of education shall use public funds to support or oppose the passage of a school levy or bond issue or to compensate any school district employee for time spent on any activity intended to influence the outcome of a school levy or bond issue election.
(2) A board of education may permit any of its employees to attend a public meeting during his regular working hours for the purpose of presenting information about school finances and activities and board actions, even if the purpose of the meeting is to discuss or debate the passage of a school levy or bond issue.
(D) Boards of education of local school districts and, subject to approval by the educational service center governing board, boards of city and exempted village school districts located in whole or in part in the territory of an educational service center may authorize educational service center governing boards to purchase or to accept upon donation supplies and equipment for such school districts and to pay the transportation, handling, and storage charges involved in securing such supplies and equipment. Upon such authorization, the governing board may make such purchases or accept such donations and pay from the service center fund the cost of such supplies and equipment and the transportation, handling, and storage charges involved. Boards shall reimburse in full the governing board for all such expenditures on their behalf.
Effective Date: 09-29-1995