TOLEDO, Ohio (13abc Action News) - Recently elected Washington Local School board member Patrick Hickey has taken the oath of office. He did so on Facebook live Wednesday. The oath was administered by a notary.
Hickey said in his Facebook live broadcast that state law says a notary can administer the oath.
When contacted, Washington Local Board President David Hunter told 13abc that the Ohio School Boards Association allows notaries to do that.
Wednesday night the issue of whether Hickey may attend meetings on school property was discussed at the first Washington Local School board meeting of 2018. Hickey is still not permitted at that meeting because he ban from WLS property is still in effect.
After executive session that lasted more than an hour the board decided to not address the ban or the separation agreement.
Instead they considered and passed a resolution to hold meetings through April at other off-campus locations. Hickey can attend off-campus meetings, but the ban preventing him from being on school property remains in effect.
State law in regards to oath of office:
Before beginning his or her duties, a member shall take the oath of office, which may be administered by the treasurer, any member of the board, member of the General Assembly, judge of a court or any notary public (Revised Code Section 3313.10, 147.07, 3.24).
Following is suggested oath, but other oaths may be used:
Do you solemnly swear (or affirm) that you will support the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution of the state of Ohio; and that you will faithfully and impartially discharge your duties as members of the board of education of the _______________________ school district, _______________ County, Ohio, to the best of your ability, and in accordance with the laws now in effect and hereafter to be enacted, during your continuance in said office, and until your successor is elected and qualified?
The answer is : "I do."
_____________________________________ Member's Signature