Starting on Jan. 1 after the November election, school boards are not allowed to take any action regarding seeking applicants to appoint to an open seat unfilled by election for 10 days. Then on the board’s first regularly scheduled meeting after the 10 days, the board may then begin to take action toward to reviewing applicants for the appointment seat.
In Ohio, board of education applicants must be a U.S. citizen, reside within the school district for at least 30 days and be of 18 years of age.
Other qualifications are determined by local school boards who advertise for applicants, review candidate qualifications and then interview the applicants they choose.
The four New Miami school board members will then vote in their public meeting for the candidate they want to fill two years of the normally four-year term Ohio board members serve.
Keating said if a four-member school board splits its vote on its appointment vote, then a county probate judge will then decide who will fill the fifth seat.
Similarly, if for whatever reasons a school board does not act within 30 days, a probate judge will decide on the board appointment.
Ohio school boards oversee public school districts, hire a superintendent and treasurer, approves policies and makes the final decisions on how to spend millions of dollars of taxpayers’ money regarding the operation of local schools.
School board members’ pay per meeting ranges from $80 to $125.
New Miami School officials did not respond to messages seeking comment, but district Treasurer Robin Bonar has posted a notice on the district’s website advertising stating “anyone interested in applying for the open New Miami Schools Board member position should send a letter of interest to Robin Bonar, Treasurer; New Miami Local Schools; 600 Seven Mile Avenue; Hamilton, OH 45011 before January 17th, 2020.”