OAESD Governance Council
General Description: The Governance Council consists of the Superintendent and a Board representative from each member ESD. The Governance Council meets 5 times per year, with electronic meetings in September, February and April*. There are 2 “live” meetings, one in November in advance of the Summit in Portland and a second one in advance of the Annual Conference in May. Agendas are published in advance of each meeting and each ESD gets a single vote on any matters requiring action. Occasionally, there may be surveys of the Governance Council on time-sensitive matters to be addressed by the Association. Attendance by specific individuals participating in Governance Council meetings is not generally recorded, although a roll call of participating ESDs is conducted determine if a quorum of member ESDs is present. In some ESDs, the Board representative to the Governance Council provides regular reports on OAESD activities to the rest of the board.
*The electronic meetings generally last about three hours. For these meetings, it is requested that when feasible, each ESD limit their participation to a single internet connection. In other words, the Superintendent and Board representative should make every effort to be at the same location.
Bylaw Language Pertaining to the Governance Council: The Council is the governance arm of OAESD. The specific responsibilities of the OAESD Governance Council will include, but are not limited to:
- Provide policies and operating principles which define the scope of work for OAESD.
- Review, amend and support the Constitution and Bylaws of OAESD.
- Adopt the annual calendar and budget for OAESD.
- Provide legislative advocacy in support of the adopted OAESD legislative platform.