There is hereby created the state board of career colleges and schools to consist of the state superintendent of public instruction or an assistant superintendent designated by the superintendent, the chancellor of the Ohio board of regents or a vice chancellor designated by the chancellor, and six members appointed by the governor, with the advice and consent of the senate. Members' terms of office shall be for five years, commencing on the twenty-first day of November and ending on the twentieth day of November. Each member shall hold office from the date of appointment until the end of the term for which the member was appointed. Three of the members appointed by the governor shall have been engaged for a period of not less than five years immediately preceding appointment in an executive or managerial position in a private, trade, technical, or other school subject to this chapter. One member appointed by the governor shall be a representative of students and shall have graduated with an associate or baccalaureate degree, within five years prior to appointment, from a school subject to this chapter. Two members appointed by the governor shall be representatives of the general public and shall have had no affiliation with, or direct or indirect interest in, schools subject to this chapter for at least two years prior to appointment. In selecting the representatives of the general public, the governor shall make an effort to find individuals with background or experience in the regulation of commerce, business, or education. The two members of the board who are representatives of the general public shall not be affiliated in any way with or have any direct or indirect interest in any schools subject to this chapter during their terms. Except for enrollment in a school subject to this chapter, the member representing students shall have had no affiliation in any way with, or have any direct or indirect interest in any school subject to this chapter for at least two years prior to appointment or during the member's term. Any vacancy shall be filled in the manner provided for original appointment. Any member appointed to fill a vacancy occurring prior to the expiration of the term for which the member's predecessor was appointed shall hold office for the remainder of such term. Any appointed member shall continue in office subsequent to the expiration date of the member's term until the member's successor takes office, or until a period of sixty days has elapsed, whichever occurs first.
Members of the board have full voting rights, except for the member representing students who shall be a nonvoting member. Each member of the board appointed by the governor shall be compensated at the rate established pursuant to division (J) of section 124.15 of the Revised Code, but shall not receive step advancements, for those days the member is engaged in the discharge of official duties. In addition, members appointed by the governor may be compensated for the expenses necessarily incurred in the attendance at meetings or in performing other services for the board. The chairperson of the board shall annually be elected or determined as follows:
(A) If both members of the board representing the general public have served on the board for at least one year, the members shall elect one of these two members as chairperson. If one of these members declines to be elected or serve, the other member representing the general public shall be chairperson. If both members representing the general public decline to be elected or serve, division (C) of this section shall apply.
(B) If only one member of the board representing the general public has served on the board for at least one year, this member shall be chairperson. If this member declines to serve, division (C) of this section shall apply.
(C) If neither member of the board representing the general public has served on the board for at least one year or if this division applies pursuant to division (A) or (B) of this section, the members of the board shall elect a chairperson from among any of the voting members of the board who have served on the board for at least one year.
Effective Date: 04-03-2003
Note: The amendment to this section by 129th General AssemblyFile No.10, SB 5, §1 was rejected by voters in the November, 2011 election.