Board of Education

Welcome to the Board of Education page of the Pickerington Schools website. Below is information that defines the roles and responsibilities of the Board of Education. We thank you for your support and interest and hope you will find the information helpful.

Board of Education Leadership Team

Vanessa Niekamp
Vanessa Niekamp
Board of Education President
Keith Kristoff
Keith Kristoff
Board of Education Vice President
Clay Lopez
Clay Lopez
Board Member
Cathy Olshefski
Cathy Olshefski
Board Member
JD Postage
JD Postage
Board Member
Dr. Chris Briggs
Dr. Chris Briggs

About the Board

Mission of the Pickerington Schools Board of Education

Our mission is to provide an engaging, innovative and holistic experience that empowers all students to become responsible, productive citizens.

Board Meeting Location

Board meetings are held in the District Office Conference Room, 90 North East Street, unless otherwise noted.

When the location is rescheduled, meetings typically are held at the Heritage Elementary auditorium, adjacent to District Office.

2022 Board Meeting Schedule

Board meetings are held on the second and fourth Monday of each month, unless noted. Special meetings are scheduled on an as-needed basis. All 2022 Board of Education meetings will be held on Mondays in the District Office Conference Room at 5:00 p.m., unless other notice is given. Dates and locations are subject to change.

Board meeting dates/time for 2022

  • January 10, 2022 (4:45 p.m. Tax Budget; 4:55 p.m. Organizational Meeting followed by Regular Meeting)
  • January 24, 2022 (3:30 p.m. Board Work Session; 4:50 p.m. Records Commission Meeting followed by Regular Board Meeting)
  • February 14, 2022
  • February 28, 2022
  • March 7, 2022 at 4 p.m. — Executive Session per ORC 121.22(G)(4): Preparing for, conducting, or reviewing negotiations or bargaining sessions with public employees; and to conduct work sessions to discuss communications strategies and staffing planning. 
  • March 14, 2022 — Regular board meeting followed by Executive Session per ORC 121.22(G)(1) — employment of a public employee
  • March 21, 2022 — Executive Session only per ORC 121.22(G)(1) — discussing complaints against a public employee 
  • March 28, 2022
  • April 11, 2022 — Executive Session per ORC 121.22 (G)(1): discipline of regulated individual; compensation of a public employee; employment of a public employee; discipline of a public employee, followed by regular board meeting.
  • April 25, 2022
  • May 9, 2022 — Regular board meeting followed by Executive session per ORC 121.22(G)(2) — To consider the purchase of property for public purposes; and (G)(8) — To consider confidential information related to negotiations with other political subdivisions respecting requests for economic development assistance
  • May 16, 2022 — Special board meeting discussion only regarding the
    Plan for Progress Junior High Schedule; 5 p.m. in the Heritage Elementary Auditorium
  • May 23, 2022 —5 p.m. in the Heritage Elementary Auditorium. Preceding the board meeting, the Pride of Pickerington employee awards and retirement gift ceremony will begin at 4:30 p.m.
  • June 13, 2022
  • June 27, 2022 at 4:30 p.m.**
  • July 11, 2022
  • July 25, 2022 at 4:30 p.m.**
  • August 8, 2022
  • August 22, 2022
  • September 12, 2022
  • September 28, 2022 — meeting moved from Sept. 26 to Weds. Sept 28
  • October 3, 2022 — special board meeting only;
    Executive Session for the purpose of: ORC 121.22 (G)(1)–the employment of a public official.
  • October 10, 2022
  • October 24, 2022
  • November 7, 2022
  • November 21, 2022
  • December 5, 2022
  • December 19, 2022 (if needed)

Meetings will also be live streamed on the PLSD Communications YouTube channel.

Public Participation at Board Meetings

The Board of Education welcomes comments from our community. The board provides an opportunity for public participation at its meetings, when individuals may offer ideas and ask questions in a public setting. To speak at a board meeting, individuals must fill out and submit a Request to Address Board of Education (PDF) Request to Address Board (RTF). This form is available online and at the meetings.

There are two opportunities to comment at board meetings. The board provides a time for general comments at the beginning of the meeting. A second comment period at the end of the meeting is for topics that were covered by the board on that meeting’s agenda. Comments are limited to three minutes.

Individuals addressing the board can expect the board president to respond to questions in one or more of the following ways:

  • Asking the superintendent or a member of the administration to follow up;
  • Setting a date for further follow-up or review;
  • Acknowledging that the question/concern may not be able to be addressed at the present time; or
  • Thanking you for your input and interest.
Agendas and Minutes

Board meeting agendas and minutes for meetings held after January 2014 can be accessed on the Board Docs website.

To access meetings prior to 2014, go to the Board Docs website, then click on the “Library” tab.

We have added Quick Links to the Board Meeting Agendas and Minutes! Simply click on the links to navigate to the appropriate meeting item on BoardDocs.

June 13, 2022 Quick-Linked Board Meeting Agenda and Minutes

May 23, 2022 Quick-Linked Board Meeting Agenda and Minutes

May 16, 2022 Quick-Linked Board Meeting Agenda and Minutes

May 9, 2022 Quick-Linked Board Meeting Agenda and Minutes

April 25, 2022 Quick-Linked Board Meeting Agenda and Minutes

April 11, 2022 Quick-Linked Board Meeting Agenda and Minutes

March 28, 2022 Quick-Linked Board Meeting Agenda and Minutes


Board of Education Homework

The board performs certain routine business responsibilities each month to keep the district operating smoothly. These tasks often are accomplished with a consent agenda.

Other items on the meeting agendas will require informed decisions based upon research, review, and committee work. The board does much of its fact-finding beforehand through committee reports, meetings, inquiries to staff, and committee liaison responsibilities.

In short, if the board and staff are doing their homework, asking pertinent questions, and getting satisfactory answers, the topics on the Board agenda should reflect this preparation.

Communicating with the Board of Education

Typically, individuals who write to a member of the Board of Education will receive a response that either answers the questions or refers the individual to the appropriate member of the administration, who will be able to answer those questions.

Individuals writing to the entire Board of Education will receive a response from the board president, either answering the question or referring them to the appropriate member of the administration, who will be able to answer the question.


All Board of Education policies can be found on Board Docs. If you do not find the policy you are trying to reference, contact the Office of the Assistant Superintendent. A PDF of the requested board policy will be emailed to you.

Board Committee Liaisons

Note: The following reflects current board committee appointments.


This committee works with members of district staff to develop school-year calendars.


Comprised equally of representatives from the Pickerington administrative team and the Pickerington Education Association, the Pickerington Schools Insurance Committee meets five to eight times per school year to review the district’s health and dental insurance programs.  The committee’s overarching goal is to find cost-effective ways to offer district employees a highly competitive, comprehensive benefits plan.


This committee reviews issues related to areas including the hiring, compensation, and discipline of district employees.


This committee collaborates with various departments to review related policies and make necessary changes to meet current practices and legislative requirements. The committee reviews the recommendations for all new and current policies before they are proposed to the Board of Education.

Ohio's Sunshine Law

Ohio law mandates that school board meetings be open to the public, with an exception of executive sessions. In an executive session, the board may discuss but not vote on:

  • The appointment, employment, dismissal, discipline, promotion, demotion or compensation of an employee or official, or the investigation of charges against an employee or official, or regulated individual requests a public hearing;
  • The purchase of property for public purposes or the sale of property a competitive bidding;
  • Disputes which are the subject of pending or imminent court action in conference with an attorney;
  • Preparing for, conducting or reviewing negotiations or bargaining sessions with employees;
  • Matters required to be kept confidential by federal or state statutes;
  • Specialized details of security arrangements or emergency response.
Legal Responsibilities of the Board of Education

The Board of Education is legally responsible to:

  • Develop policies and regulations necessary for the governance of the school district.
  • Ensure students are provided with high quality educational opportunities.
  • Appoint a superintendent of schools and invest such powers in him/her as may be legally delegated.
  • Appoint a treasurer.
  • Act on personnel and policies recommended by the superintendent.
  • See that the annual budget is prepared and acted on.
  • Pass an annual appropriations measure.
  • Adopt a master calendar annually.
  • Enter into contracts with all personnel in the manner required by Ohio laws.
  • Levy taxes with a vote of the people to maintain schools.