The Board of Education is the official body representing the citizens of Akron on all matters of public education. The Board is non-partisan and non-sectarian. Its members are elected at-large for four-year terms. The Board of Education is responsible for: determining the needs and priorities of the school system; allocating resources within the school system; and evaluating the overall performance of the school system. All policy issues are voted upon by Board members at their regularly scheduled meetings. A simple majority of votes carries an issue.