Business Advisory Council

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.


CCESC BAC:

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 :

  • Delineating employment skills and developing curriculum to instill these skills.
  • Changes in the economy and job market, and the types of employment in which future jobs are
  • most likely to be available.
  • Developing a working relationship among business, labor and education personnel.


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

Organizational Membership

  1. Representatives (K-12 Public Districts)
  2. Representatives from In-Demand Industry Sectors
    1. Agriculture
    2. HVAC
    3. Manufacturing
  3. Greater Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce
  4. Clark State Community College


2019 - 2020 Road Map Considerations


  • Support the attendance of career exploration events at both the 8th grade and 11th grade year.
  • Participate in Superintendent/Treasurer/Business Tours
  • Continue to support and Grow existing opportunities in the areas of Internships, Shadowing Experiences, and After-School Career Exploration Initiatives.
  • Continue to to participate in the the Chamber’s Jobs and Job Readiness Initiative.
  • Explore ways to reach local graduates to assist in meeting the needs of the local workforce.

Business Advisory Council Members

Megan Anthony

Dan Bennett

Leslie Crew

John Detrick

Horton Hobbs

Linda Jordan

Mike Kirchens

Cherie Lambhorn

Stephanie Page

Kristin Skiles


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.