The Fairport Harbor Exempted Village School District (FHEVSD) Board of Education encourages school staff and interested citizens of the school district to attend its meetings. The Board of Education is located in the MS/HS Building at 329 Vine Street, Fairport Harbor, OH 44077. Phone number is 440-354-5400 ext 102, Fax number is 440-357-1478
What Is the Board of Education?
The FHEVSD, like all other schools in Ohio, is governed by a Board of Education of elected citizens. Fairport's Board of Education is charged by Ohio law to set policies and develop rules and regulations that guarantee that FHEVSD offers our students the best possible education. Each Board member is elected to a four (4) year term in office. The Board annually elects a President and Vice President from their membership.
What does the Board of Education do?
The FHEVSD Board of Education represents you, the citizens and taxpayers of our district, in establishing a sound educational philosophy, developing responsible financial plans and spending practices, encouraging quality instruction, and offering an appropriate curriculum. The Board sets goals and guidelines that provide leadership and direction to meet the community’s educational needs.
What is the order of business at a Board of Education meeting
Board meetings follow an established agenda, the order of business is:
Pledge of Allegiance, Call to Order & Roll, Public Participation, Approval of Minutes, Treasurer's Reports, Committee Reports, Administrative Reports, Superintendent's Report, Executive Session (if required), Adjournment
Preparing the Agenda
In cooperation with the Board President, the Superintendent is responsible for preparing the agenda for each meeting.
How to Participate
The FHEVSD Board of Education encourages the district members to express their ideas, viewpoints, and concerns at regular Board meetings. Because the board’s purpose is to conduct the district’s business, the meetings must follow the prepared agenda. Public participation will be recognized only during the proper time on the agenda according to Board Policy.
Responses to Issues Raised by the Public
A routine question may be answered at the time it is posted. More complex matters may require sufficient time for study and consideration. Specific situations will be referred to the administration for investigation and review. If policy action is required, the matter must be scheduled by the Board on a future agenda.
When an item of business comes before the Board in the form of a motion, the Board shall act independently in casting their votes either for or against the motion. The Board has complete and final authority over local school matters subject only to the limitations imposed by state law and regulations set by the state and local Boards of Education. The Board has no authority to act outside of an open session at an officially called meeting. No one person or group of persons acts in the name of the Board.
Ohio law permits the Board to hold an executive session during their meetings. During these sessions, the Board may discuss personnel matters, pending or imminent court action, purchase of property for public purposes, negotiations with employees, and matters to be kept confidential by federal law or state statutes. The Board is not permitted to take any action during the executive session.
Virtual Public Participation Request Form
The Fairport Harbor Exempted Village Board of Education values its engagement with the community and believes that providing an opportunity for public comment during Regular Board Meetings supports that engagement and provides transparency. Though proving an opportunity for public comment is not a requirement, we would like to continue this practice even while meeting virtually. In the spirit of maintaining this opportunity for our public to participate in these virtual school board meetings, interested persons may submit written public comments via this electronic form. The Board will collect the public participation information up to one hour before the Regular Meetings for inclusion in the meeting.
Please click this LINK to complete a request.
Effective September 16, 2016; Fairport Harbor Exempted Village School and the Board of Education will be changing its standard of operation with regards to the Board of Education Meeting notification. In order to ensure that public notice is being displayed to all, we will no longer send out individual emails for the upcoming Board of Education Meeting which displays the Board Agenda. The “Board Agenda” link will be publicly displayed on our website, www.fhevs.org, under Departments/Board of Education. The link will access the most recent Board Agenda available. Typically, an updated Agenda will be made available on Saturday prior to a Tuesday Board meeting. Thank You.
Welcome to the Fairport Harbor Schools
Board of Education
The Board of Education is comprised of five members and is responsible for policy development for the schools. Each member is elected to serve a four-year term.
Board of Education
Sherry Maruschak,William Lukshaw, Doug Schafer, Karen Bidlack, Justin Levine
Ms. Sherry Maruschak
Vice President & Board's Legislative Liaison to OSBA:
Mr. William Lukshaw
Board’s Student Achievement Liaison:
Mrs. Karen Bidlack
Tax Incentive Council Representative:
Mrs. Sherry Williamson
Board Term Limits
Karen Bidlack 01/01/2022- 12/31/2025
Justin Levine *appointed 2/22/2023 to12/31/2023
William Lukshaw 01/01/2022-12/31/2025
Sherry Maruschak 01/10/2019-12/31/2023
Doug Schafer 01/01/2022-12/31/2023