Governing Authority Pre-Approval Process

Prior to electing a new governing authority member, the school must submit the following for the prospective member:

  • Clean BCI/FBI criminal background check, and
  • ESCLEW Prospective Governing Authority Conflict of Interest Disclosure Form (download available here)

The school should submit either:

  • Via email to Kurt Aey (, or
  • Via Epicenter – Go to Document Center, click on “Upload Submission,” select “Board” as the entity, then the submission types of “Background Check” and “Conflict of Interest Disclosure Form.”

ESCLEW will verify that:

  • No criminal violations exist that would preclude the member from serving on the governing authority
  • No conflicts exist that would preclude the member from serving on the governing authority
  • If allowable conflict(s) of interest exist, that the prospective governing authority member is aware of obligations to abstain from voting.

Upon review, ESCLEW will confirm approval or disapproval via email within one week of submission.

Within 90 days after election to the governing authority, evidence of completion of five hours of board training will be due into Epicenter, as required by the contract.

State Organizations

Ohio Association of Charter School Authorizers
An organization focused on promoting sponsor excellence, effectiveness and efficiency to create and maintain high-quality community schools through quality oversight and support.

National Organizations

National Charter School Resource Center
The National Charter School Resource Center (Resource Center) serves as a national center to provide on-demand resources, information, and technical assistance to support successful planning, authorizing, implementation, and sustainability of high-quality charter schools; to share evaluations on the effects of charter schools; and to disseminate information about successful practices in charter schools.

National Association of Charter School Authorizers
An organization dedicated to improving public education by improving the policies and practices of the organizations responsible for authorizing charter schools.

National Alliance for Public Charter Schools
The National Alliance for Public Charter Schools is a leading national nonprofit organization committed to advancing the charter school movement. The Alliance provides assistance to state charter school associations and resource centers, develops and advocates for improved public policies, and serves as the united voice for this large and diverse movement.

Center for Education Reform
The Center is a leading advocate for structural and sustainable changes to improve educational opportunities in the U.S.


Special Education Links

Ohio Department of Education - Special Education
Links to resources on teaching students with disabilities; special education funding, data and accountability; and other special education resources for parents and administrators.
There are 16 State Support Teams in Ohio focused on school improvement, special education compliance, postsecondary transition, early learning and school readiness, and parent and family involvement. To assist stakeholders in their work, the State Support Teams provide tools, resources, technical assistance and high-quality professional development activities.
Council for Exceptional Children
The Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) is the largest international professional organization dedicated to improving the educational success of individuals with disabilities and/or gifts and talents.

National Association of State Directors of Special Education
NASDSE works with state education agencies to align policies and proven practices in order to ensure students with disabilities are afforded full participation in their education and successful transition to post-school education, employment and independent living.
Center for Parent Information and Resources
CPIR is a central source of information on disabilities in infants, toddlers, children, and youth.

National Center on Accessible Instructional Materials
Provides resources for school personnel to assist students with disabilities participate in general education.

Teaching in Ohio

Educator Licenses
Information about how to apply for and renew an Ohio teaching license

Resident Educator Program
Information about Ohio's program for new teachers

Educator Evaluations
Information about the Ohio Teacher Evaluation System (OTES), the Ohio Principal Evaluation System (OPES) and the Ohio School Counselor Evaluation System (OSCES)

Educator Standards Board
Information about the Board that develops standards for Ohio Educators and Professional Development

Highly Qualified Teachers and Paraprofessionals
Link to the HQT Toolkit and other information about ESEA

Professional Development
Information about current professional development opportunities sponsored by ODE or related organizations



Community School Legislation & Funding

Ohio Department of Education (ODE) - Community Schools
Includes links to community school resources at ODE

Funding for Ohio Community Schools
Includes links to reports and information about basic financial resources for community schools

Ohio Auditor of State
The website for the Ohio Auditor of State

Anderson On Line Documents

Document folder icon  Ohio Revised Code
Document folder icon  Ohio Administrative Code

Testing & Accountability

Ohio Department of Education - Testing
Includes links to  frequently asked questions; information about Ohio's State Tests, diagnostic testing and alternative assessments; resources such as test dates, rules books,  documents and forms; and other related information such as test results and test statistics.

PARCC Top 12 Educator Resources

Ohio School Report Cards
Find detailed information about district and school progress, such as student performance, enrollment, graduation rate, education funding and more.

Formative Instructional Practices (FIP)
A partnership between the Ohio Department of Education and Battelle for Kids, this site contains resources and on-line modules on formative instructional practices.





Renewal Application Materials

Renewal of Community School Sponsorship

This information and guidance is for schools sponsored by the ESC of Lake Erie West (ESCLEW) whose contract expires on June 30, 2019.

The Renewal Packet is posted below.  The school also receives the Renewal Packet and specific contract attachments via email.

All schools seeking renewal must complete the renewal application process and submit the application into Epicenter as a PDF by September 30, 2018

Contact Assistant Director, Kurt Aey with any questions you may have regarding the renewal application process.