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The Liberty-Benton Board of Education typically holds their meetings on the fourth Wednesday of each month starting at 6pm, unless otherwise noted, in the Board Office. Occasionally, the date needs to be adjusted a bit. Below is a list of the Board Meetings as scheduled for the remainder of the 2023/2024 school year. 
 April 24, 2024
 May 22, 2024

Jim Mace, President   [email protected] 
Brian Christiansen, Vice-President   [email protected] 
A.J. Granger, Member   [email protected] 
Steve Benson, Member   [email protected]
Heather Franks, Member  [email protected] 


How does the board govern?

This is a summary of how "Policy Governance" serves your students' academic achievement.

Ohio’s school board members represent one of the largest groups of elected officials in the state.

The role and function of board members are often misinterpreted by the public, and in some cases, by board members themselves.

Policy governance consists of 4 main areas, Ends Policies, Executive Limitations, Board-Management Delegation and the Governance Process.

The board is a policymaking body and members are the chief advisors to the superintendent and treasurer.  Board members do not manage the day-to-day operations of a school district; they see to it that the system is managed well by professionals within a policy driven framework that supports the goals of the district and the community they serve.

The board is responsible for clearly defining, on behalf of the community, what students should know and be able to do by the time they graduate from high school.  These are known as ‘Ends Policies’.

Under policy governance the board consciously stays out of the district’s day-to-day management decisions and adopts policies that give the superintendent and the treasurer the authority to select the resources, teachers, and educational programs that he or she believes best serve student-learning needs.  The board assumes a strong oversight role by holding the superintendent and treasurer accountable for ensuring that students make adequate annual progress toward meeting the district’s educational goals. Additional items include, but are not limited to; items involving significant change, financial decisions exceeding set monetary thresh holds and how the superintendent and treasurer exercise authority.  These are known as ‘Executive Limitations Policies’.    

Adherence and compliance to the policy framework is measured by monthly monitoring reports that are submitted by the superintendent and treasurer to the board.

The final 2 areas of Board-Management Delegation and Governance Process are policies for the board on its limitations and responsibilities.  These policies further define the governance process of the board and the relationship and/or governance of the superintendent and the treasurer.

Public Notice

Liberty-Benton School District exists so that its students graduate equipped to reach their potential in academics, good character, American citizenship, independent living, and critical thinking at a cost that is financially supported by the community taxpayers.


1.1 Good Character

All students are expected to practice the traits of good character such as kindness, generosity, honesty, self-restraint, personal discipline, personal responsibility, respect for others, respect for property, and respect for authority.

1.2 American Citizenship

All students are instructed in the history, traditions, and principles of American culture and government.

1.2.1 History

Students understand the founding principles, design, and function of our republic and how it differs from other forms of government.

1.2.2 Traditions

Students will understand the historical transformation of American Government and can contrast the same against the original design and principals found in the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the United States.

1.2.3 Principles

Students understand the rights and responsibilities of citizenship and the importance of liberty.

1.3 Independent Living

All students are proficient in the practical skills necessary for independent living such as budgeting, saving, investing, banking , personal debt , contracts, insurance, income tax returns and health and wellness.

1.4 Academics

Graduates are provided an academic foundation that enables them to move successfully into the next phase of their lives.

1.5  Critical Thinking

All students will think critically, be open minded, evaluate evidence, reason with facts, evaluate assumptions and understand the importance of these skills in decision making and the discovery of truth.

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