NCOESC reaffirms suspension of schools

MARION – The Governing Board of the North Central Ohio Educational Service Center approved five resolutions to accept the resignations of ESC employees during a special meeting Saturday.

The board met at the Marion offices, 333 E. Center Street. Eight of nine board members were present Saturday.

The board passed a resolution to disapprove a proposal to remedy the conditions warranting the suspension of the Talented Tenth Leadership Academy for Boys and the Talented Tenth Leadership Academy for Girls and to proceed with immediately suspending the operations of the two community schools located in Columbus.

The schools opened in September and were ordered to stop operations by State Superintendent Richard Ross.

Andre Tucker, superintendent of the two schools, filed a motion Nov. 7 at the Franklin County Court of Common Pleas against NCOESC in regards to several violations of the Ohio Sunshine Open Meeting Laws.

This resolution is to reaffirm the resolution to suspend the schools that had been approved in October, NCOESC Superintendent Jim Lahoski said. The motion was filed due to a technicality, Lahoski said.

“Rather to challenge the sunshine laws, we renewed the resolution and sent out all the proper notifications,” he said.

In addition to the suspension, NCOESC is to also terminate the schools’ contracts.

In other business the board:

Approved resolution to approve the governing board’s settlement agreements with Community Property Development Corp. and with Community Arts Project Inc. to terminate the board’s lease agreements with the companies, and to dismiss the board’s lawsuit against Community Property Development Corp.

Approved a resolution to implement a reduction in force of administrative staff in accordance with Section 3319.171 of the Ohio Revised Code and Board Policy 1540 due to the suspension of schools affecting the ESC and/or financial conditions affecting the ESC and/or a diminishing need for services.

Approved a resolution to terminate the service contracts between the governing board, Charter School Management Corp., the Governing Authority of the Talented Tenth Leadership Academy for Boys and the Governing Authority of the Talented Tenth Leadership Academy for Girls.

Approved resolution to terminate the service contract between the board, Charter School Management Corp. and the Governing Authority of Albert Einstein Academy for Letters, Art and Sciences.

Lahoski said the board is to appear for a hearing Nov. 25.

The board is to meet Nov. 19.