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September 2019

  • The OSCA Board approved several business items including the 2020 Budget and contract renewals for the Administrative Assistant, Executive Director and Lobbyist.
  • An All Ohio Counselors Conference update was provided by Destinations By Design. The introduction of the early bird registration rate this year has both registrations and hotel reservations trending higher at this time of year compared to previous years. Discussions were held about OSCA's screening of the Roll Red Roll movie on Wednesday evening as well as planning for the OSCA booth.
  • Michelle Grimm, president-elect, provided an update on a meeting she attended hosted by the Ohio School Boards Association to discuss their upcoming Mental Health & Social-Emotional Learning Summit & Resource Fair being held February 25, 2020. OSBA invited OSCA to be a collaborative partner in the planning and promotion of this event.
  • The Board discussed nominations for representatives to serve on several state stakeholder committees, including the ODE Whole Child Advisory Group, ODE Strengthening Math Pathways Initiatives, and ODHE working group to discuss career tech and college credits. Direct invitations for OSCA to have representation on these committees is a testament to the improved relationship the organization has developed with key state leaders.
  • Discussions were held regarding the recent streaming of "The Career Path Less Taken" documentary released by Ideastream and PBS. This 30 minute documentary highlights the great career opportunities available to students, and it is available to stream online for free. The Board discussed ways OSCA can further promote and support this resource as well as potential future collaborations with Ideastream.
  • The Board took time to work on OSCA's 5-year work plan. This document serves as a guide that focuses the work of the association around a common mission and set of strategic goals. The work plan had gone to the wayside for several years and is being reinstated to be compliant with the association's Code of Regulations.
  • The lobbyist shared their quarterly legislative report. Of importance were discussions regarding student wellness funds that were included in the most recent budget bill. The bill earmarks money for all school districts over the next two years to be specifically used to implement programs focused on student wellness. The Board discussed how to communicate to school counselors what this money is and how school counselors can advocate for the appropriate use of the funds to help meet student needs. Also discussed was the status of a bill being worked on by several state representatives that if passed, would direct ODE to develop a recommended school counselor job description. OSCA is continuing to work with the interested representatives to draft the bill and develop a plan for its introduction.
  • Updates regarding the status of the newly formed OSCA PAC were presented. The Board approved the nominations for the initial five board of directors who will serve either a one, two or three year term.
  • Award recipient names were shared with the Board and posted to the website and social media accounts.
  • An update was provided about upcoming elections with regards to timeline, open positions and voting.

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