3357.02 Technical college district.

A technical college district may be created with the approval of the Ohio board of regents pursuant to standards established by it. Such standards shall take into consideration such factors as the population of the proposed district, the present and potential pupil enrollment, present and potential higher education facilities in the district, and such other factors as may pertain to the educational needs of the district. The Ohio board of regents may undertake a study or contract for a study to be made relative to its establishment or application of such standards.

The attorney general shall be the attorney for each technical college district and shall provide legal advice in all matters relating to its powers and duties.

A proposal to create a technical college district may be presented to the Ohio board of regents in any of the following ways:

(A) The board of education of a city school district may by resolution approved by a majority of its members propose the creation of a technical college district consisting of the whole territory of such district.

(B) The boards of two or more contiguous city, exempted village, or local school districts or educational service centers may by resolutions approved by a majority of the members of each participating board propose the creation of a technical college district consisting of the whole territories of all the participating school districts and educational service centers.

(C) The governing board of any educational service center may by resolution approved by a majority of its members propose the creation of a technical college district consisting of the whole territory of such educational service center.

(D) The governing boards of any two or more contiguous educational service centers may by resolutions approved by a majority of the members of each participating board, propose the creation of a technical college district consisting of the whole territories of such educational service centers.

(E) Qualified electors residing in a city school district, in a county, in two or more contiguous school districts, or in two or more contiguous counties may execute a petition proposing the creation of a technical college district comprised of the territory of the city school district, educational service center, two or more contiguous school districts or educational service centers, or two or more contiguous counties, respectively. Such petition shall be presented to the board of elections of the most populous county in which the technical college district is situated and shall bear the signatures of at least two per cent of the total number of resident electors who voted in the most recent election for governor in the territory of such proposed district. Such petition shall set forth the necessity for the district, a demonstration that it will be conducive to the public convenience and welfare, and a description of the territory to be included in the proposed district.

Upon receiving a petition duly executed pursuant to division (E) of this section, the board of elections of the most populous county shall certify the fact of such petition to the boards of elections of the other counties, if any, in which any of the territory of the proposed district is situated. The proposal to create a technical college district shall be placed on the ballot by the board of elections and submitted to vote in each affected city school district, county, or group of contiguous school districts or counties, at the next primary or general election occurring more than ninety days after the filing of such petition. If there is no primary or general election occurring within one hundred five days after the filing of such petition, the board of elections of the most populous county shall fix the date of a special election to be held in each affected city school district, county, or group of contiguous school districts or counties, such date to be not less than ninety days after the filing of the petition. If a majority of electors voting on the proposition in the proposed technical college district vote in favor thereof, the board of elections of the most populous county in which the proposed district is situated shall certify such fact to the Ohio board of regents.

Amended by 128th General AssemblyFile No.29, HB 48, §1, eff. 7/2/2010.

Effective Date: 08-22-1995