A Message from the Board of Education President
A Message From Your School Board President
On behalf of the Medina City School District Board of Education, I want to let you know what an honor and a privilege it is to serve you and the children of our community. By electing us to office you have put your faith in our commitment to education and to our overall goal of making our schools the best that they can be. That is our promise to you.
Currently, our greatest challenge is to educate your children during the COVID-19 pandemic. We are so thankful that a vaccination program is being implemented and will be rolled out by our Governor. We’ve worked hard to create a safe environment for our students and staff. We know that many sacrifices have been made by students, staff, and families in curtailed activities because of the pandemic and we are anxious to get back to the pre-pandemic activities as soon as we can.
Our board has worked diligently over the years enacting ways to be more transparent. We use Boarddocs for our agendas and meetings; we have joined ohiocheckbook.com to allow for the viewing of all checks written in the district; we allow public comment before all substantive voting of the board; we have enacted policies such as requiring two readings of things such as the creation of a new job position.; we have also allowed the public viewing of contracts for the superintendent and treasurer in advance of the public meeting when we anticipate approving the document.
The Medina City School District Board of Education is made up of five citizens who are each typically elected to serve four-year terms. The Board's main responsibilities and duties are to:
- Hire and review the District Superintendent and Treasurer.
- Establish District policies;
- Develop an annual budget for public approval;
- Approve or disapprove the Superintendent's recommendations on personnel matters and contracts;
- Review courses of study and textbooks; and
- Act as a communication link between the residents and the Superintendent.
Other duties include defining the District's philosophy, setting goals to achieve academic objectives, planning for future needs, and authorizing certain contracts.
In meeting these objectives, the Board of Education is committed to the belief that an effective school program can only be accomplished by nurturing a partnership between the schools and the community.
We believe your tax dollars that support the District are diligently utilized in such a way to maximize value and quality to best serve all students in the District.
Your continued interest in and support of Medina City Schools will guarantee the excellence of our district. To that end, we encourage you to attend a board meeting or budget hearing or email us with your comments and concerns.
Robert C. Skidmore
Medina City Schools Board of Education President