Board President Mrs. Hykes Resigns

Nicole Hykes Resigns From The Perkins Local School District Board Of Education
Posted on 04/27/2020

Perkins Township Board of Education President Nicole “Niki” Hykes on Saturday, April 25, submitted her letter of resignation, effective immediately, to the Perkins Local School District Board of Education. 

She cited personal reasons in her letter of resignation.


“I am proud of the district’s successes during my tenure and the decisions that put the education and well-being of children at the forefront,” Mrs. Hykes wrote. “I enjoyed serving our community. I wish you all the best.”


Mrs. Hykes has been on the Board since September 2016. 


Because Mrs. Hykes’ term is incomplete, the remaining Board members will appoint a qualified candidate to complete the term of office. The Board of Education is now accepting applications to fill the vacancy. Interested community members can submit letters via email to Board@perkinsschools.org.


Timeline to Fill the Vacancy

The Board must act to fill the vacancy within 30 days (May 25, 2020) of the resignation. The Board may not make the appointment for at least 10 days (May 5) after the vacancy.

The Board will announce when it will meet to interview candidates and select a new member in the coming days. The vacated seat’s term expires on Dec. 31, 2021. The seat will be up for election in the general election Nov. 2, 2021, for a new, 4-year term.


Qualifications of a Board Member

Under Ohio law, a board member must be an elector residing in the district. To qualify as an elector, a person must be a citizen of the United States, 18 years of age or older, a resident of the state for at least 30 days prior to the election and a resident of the county and precinct in which he/she offers to vote for at least 30 days prior to the election.

A variety of other public positions, elected and appointed, have been determined by the General Assembly or the courts to be incompatible with board membership. Generally, offices are considered incompatible when one is subordinate to, or in any way provides a check upon, the other, or when it is physically impossible for one person to discharge the duties of both positions.

Before taking office, each person elected or appointed to the Board is required by law to take an oath of office.


Powers and Duties of a Board Member 

Under the laws of the state of Ohio, the Board acts as the governing body of the public schools.  Within the extent of its legal powers, the Board has responsibilities for operating the District in accordance with the desires of local citizens who elect its members.

 The Board’s major responsibilities are to:

  1. Select and employ a Superintendent. 

  2. Select and employ a Treasurer. 

  3. Determine and approve the annual budget and appropriations. 

  4. Provide needed facilities. 

  5. Provide for the funds necessary to finance the operation of the District. 

  6. Consider and approve or reject the recommendations of the Superintendent in all matters of policy, appointment or dismissal of employees, salary schedules, courses of study, selection of textbooks and other matters pertaining to the operation of the District. 

  7. Require reports of the Superintendent concerning the conditions, efficiency and needs of the District. 

  8. Evaluate the effectiveness with which the District is achieving the educational purposes of the Board. 

  9. Inform the public about the progress and needs of the District and to solicit and weigh public opinion as it affects the District. 

  10. Adopt policies for its governance and the governance of its employees and the students of the District.

If community members have questions about the position, they should submit questions to the current Board members via email at Board@perkinsschools.org.