PATRICK GRINE, THOMAS GRINE, DR. THOMAS GUERNSEY, HEIDI KAUFFMAN, SHARON STANNARD

The Fostoria Board of Education is comprised of five members elected for four-year terms. Their role is to provide guidance on district policy and planning for the district as representatives of the community. Board sub-committees include negotiations/personnel/grievances, buildings/grounds & transportation, audit/finance, policy development, records, and community involvement.

MeetingsThe Fostoria Board of Education revised the 2018 Board meeting schedule (June 26, 2018).  Meetings will be held as follows:

Thursday, July 12th                  Work Session                             6:30 p.m. 
Friday, July 13th                       Regular Meeting                        7:30 a.m. 
Thursday, August 23rd             Work Session                             6:30 p.m.
Friday, August 24th                  Regular Meeting                       7:30 a.m. 

Monday, September 10th          Work Session                            6:00 p.m.        
Monday, September 17th          Regular Meeting                       6:00 p.m.                                
Monday, October 8th                Work Session                            6:00 p.m.                                
Monday, October 15th              Regular Meeting                       6:00 p.m.                                
Monday, November 5th           Work Session                             6:00 p.m.
Monday, November 19th          Regular Meeting                       6:00 p.m.
Monday, December 10th          Work Session                            6:00 p.m.
Monday, December 17th          Regular Meeting                       6:00 p.m.

Unless otherwise announced, the meetings will take place in the Board Room at the Fostoria Junior/Senior High School, 1001 Park Avenue, Fostoria, OH 44830.   

Public Participation at Board Meetings

The Board of Education recognizes the value to school governance of public comment on educational issues and the importance of allowing members of the public to express themselves on school matters of community interest. The Board offers public participation to members of the public in accordance with the procedures below.  The Board applies these procedures to all speakers and does not discriminate based on the identity of the speaker, content of the speech, or viewpoint of the speaker.

The Board is also committed to conducting its meetings in a productive and efficient manner that assures that the regular agenda of the Board is completed in a reasonable period of time, honors the voluntary nature of the Board's time and using that time efficiently, and allows for a fair and adequate opportunity for input to be considered. Consequently, public participation at Board meetings will be governed by the following principles:

In order to permit the fair and orderly expression of such comment, the Board shall provide a period for public participation at all public meetings of the Board and publish rules to govern such participation in Board meetings.

The presiding officer of each Board meeting at which public participation is permitted shall administer the rules of the Board for its conduct.

The presiding officer shall be guided by the following rules:

  1. Public participation shall be permitted as indicated on the order of business at the discretion of the presiding officer.
  2. Anyone having a legitimate interest in the actions of the Board may participate during the public portion of a meeting.
  3. Participants must be recognized by the presiding officer and will be requested to preface their comments by an announcement of their name, address, and group affiliation, if and when appropriate.
  4. Each statement made by a participant shall be limited to five (5) minutes duration unless extended by the presiding officer.
  5. No participant may speak more than once on the same topic unless all others who wish to speak on that topic have been heard.
  6. All statements shall be directed to the presiding officer; no person may address or question Board members individually.
  7. Audio or video recordings are permitted. The person operating the recorder should contact the Superintendent prior to the Board meeting to review possible placement of the equipment, and must agree to abide by the following conditions:
    1. No obstructions are created between the Board and the audience.
    2. No interviews are conducted in the meeting room while the Board is in session.
    3. No commentary, adjustment of equipment, or positioning of operators is made that would distract either the Board or members of the audience while the Board is in session and not disrupt the meeting.
  8. The presiding officer may:
    1. prohibit public comments that are frivolous, repetitive, and/or harassing;
    2. interrupt, warn, or terminate a participant's statement when the statement is too lengthy, abusive, off-topic, obscene, or irrelevant;
    3. request any individual to leave the meeting when that person does not observe reasonable decorum or is disruptive to the conduct of the meeting;
    4. request the assistance of law enforcement officers in the removal of a disorderly person when that person's conduct interferes with the orderly progress of the meeting;
    5. call for a recess or an adjournment to another time when the lack of public decorum so interferes with the orderly conduct of the meeting as to warrant such action;
    6. waive these rules with the approval of the Board when necessary for the protection of privacy or the administration of the Board's business.

      I. The portion of the meeting during which the participation of the public is invited shall be limited to twenty (20) minutes, unless extended by a vote of the Board.

FCS District Organizational Chart

Ohio School Boards Association (OSBA)

“Riley Elementary School students had the opportunity to present essays they wrote on “Why I am Proud to be a Redmen.” “At Riley we have been working on our leadership skills and one of the most important things you can work on as a leader is your speaking voice,” Principal Kelli Bauman said. “They spent a lot of time reflecting on why they are proud to be a Redmen or … a Riley Redmen.”

Students who had the opportunity to share their essays included Alaina Caudill, Lily Hutchinson, Taylor O’Leary, Manuel Valero, Grayson Bauman, Cecilia Bringman, Aliyah Grine, Tinley Holman and Avalon Sprang, first grade; and Haley Edwards, Tay Harrison, Jordan Preble, Sophie Schmidt, Izzy Engle, Adelayde Guernsey, Carlito Hernandez, Ariyah Leaf, Mikela Sauval, Annie Kopp, Gabby Lydston, Marisol Sarmiento and AntJuan Scott, second grade.

They explained they are proud to be Redmen because of their practice of the 7 Habits, their participation on leadership/action teams, morning meetings, earning prizes for good behavior, making friends, learning in each subject, completing projects, encouragement from teachers, setting goals and more.

“Riley Elementary is a fun place because you get to be in charge of yourself,” Hernandez said. “You get to show respect for our country when we do the flag. Everybody at Riley respects me and it makes my heart feel kind. I love to be a Riley Redmen because it is a place to feel happy.”

“As a Riley student, I know it is OK to make mistakes because it teaches you a lesson to try harder,” Engle said.

Edwards said she was proud to be a Riley Redmen because of the action teams.

“I have made cards with candy and we get the extra candy. I try new candy too. I have given people in class a card with candy that has a nice note inside,” she read, explaining she’s on the random act of kindness action team. “It helps me to be nicer to others. It helps Riley by making people feel happy. It helps brighten people’s day. I love to be a Riley Redmen.”

Each student then received a certificate from Dr. Thomas Guernsey, board president.” (Article courtesy of the Review Times – April 19, 2018)