Business Advisory Council


The Clark County Educational Service Center's Business Advisory Council has been meeting regularly throughout the 2019 - 2020 school year.  The Council has developed a model for strategic planning that is focusing on a scope of work to develop a "School - To - Work Ambassador Program”.  The BAC has considered initiatives to strengthen partnerships to support and lead Internship programming, involvement in the Clark County Job and Job Readiness Task Force, and utilizing the resources provided by Ohio Means Jobs and OMJ’s “Success Bound” Program.  The BAC is pursuing additional job fairs county-wide and is pursuing the development of a "Cyber Fair” to be accessed on the ESC’s website.  It is the goal this year to gain more access to school counselors and strengthen partnerships with Clark State Community College to identify student candidates and training opportunities to meet the needs of our local workforce.  A task force for developing strategies for program implementation has been formed and will be meeting this spring. 

Click HERE for the  2019 Model For Strategic Planning

Purpose Statement:

In order to meet ORC 3313.821, the Clark County Educational Service Center (CCESC) Business Advisory Council (BAC) will advise local districts and the CCESC on changes in the economy and job market; advocate for the employment skills most critical to business and industry; and aid and support local districts and the CCESC by developing a working relationship among its members. 


The Clark County ESC BAC will be Co-chaired by Dan Bennett, Clark County ESC Superintendent. The participating districts represented by the BAC are: Clark-Shawnee Local Schools, Greenon Local Schools, Northeastern Local Schools, Northwestern Local Schools, Southeastern Local Schools, and Tecumseh Local Schools. These positions can be filled upon release of guidance from the Department of Education.

The CCESC BAC will meet monthly beginning in November of 2017 for four months and then will meet on a quarterly basis, thereafter. The monthly meetings will focus on understanding the data which has already been collected, confirming membership and terms, researching best practices in other cities across the nation, identifying existing gaps, devising a communication plan, and setting strategies to close the gaps.  

The CCESC BAC members may serve on ad hoc work groups meeting at different times/dates, dependent on the plan set forth. Those ad hoc groups will be focused on specific projects/tasks as appropriate. Members will be asked to provide input and consultation on issues during and in between meetings, as needs arise. The CCESC BAC will adhere to all guidance set forth by the state superintendent and the governor’s executive workforce board.

As part of the communication plan, minutes of each BAC meeting will be distributed to CCESC BAC members for dissemination to each member’s stakeholders as appropriate in order to keep regular communication and updates available to all members. A CCESC BAC and CCESC Board of Governors’ joint meeting will be held at the regularly scheduled Board Meetings in December 2018 and December 2019. All CCESC BAC members and their boards are welcome to attend these statute required BAC meetings with the CCESC Governing Board. 

CCESC BAC Recommendations to the Board

Each year in March, the CCESC BAC will present a plan to the Board of Governors detailing recommendations to create stronger career connections in Clark County Schools through :

CCESC BAC Potential Membership (selected and confirmed by CCESC):

Organizational Membership

2019 - 2020 Road Map Considerations

Business Advisory Council Members

Leslie Crew

Mike Kirchens

John Detrick 

Neil Cordonnier

Horton Hobbs III

David Shea

Darrin Knapke

Daniel Bennett

Marcia Nichols 

Rosie Matthies 

Kaityln Tyler

The Clark County Business Advisory Council will build awareness among educators, families, students and the general community about the various pathways to success after high school graduation.