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.