RECOMMENDATION (4) Apply additional market forces to encourage the use of shared services and ensure the quality of services provided by: ••
Reviewing the remaining direct state funding for ESCs and ITCs to define which funds can move from a subsidy payment to a competitive bidding for services through the FY 14-15 budget process;
Establishing benchmarks for performance and a review process prior to contract renewal for purchased services.
The Ohio Department of Education currently contracts with ESCs and ITCs to provide regional services such as support for under-performing schools and bus driver training in addition to the services funded through subsidy payments. Through this contracting approach, the ESCs and ITCs competitively bid to provide services for the state to regional customers. RSCCs can serve as conduits for funding and coordination for various regional activities and be required to work with the ITCs, ESCs and other providers within their respective regions to demonstrate uniform and consistent delivery of services and ensure equitable access to essential services. The Department of Education should create educational service provider and regional shared service center performance metrics along with appropriate accountability systems including performance agreements relating to the administration of state and/or federal programs by the newly formed regional shared service centers. Successful application of the Shared Services Model requires the continued search for “These new marketplace enterprises must “centers of excellence” and/or “leading compete to earn their keep, based on their providers” to serve as examples for the most quality and cost,” efficient expansion of the shared services – Redesigning Ohio: Transforming concept across Ohio. An important element Government into a 21st Century to success will be the development of a Institution, Ohio Chamber of Commerce, public sector marketplace among shared 2010. services providers, supported by informed local government decision makers. For local governments, utilization of RSSCs is not mandatory and they have full consumer choice. At least under current law and funding mechanisms, schools face some constraints in their choices related to using ESCs and ITCs. The General Assembly should work with the Department of Education and school district leaders to review and refine the school district transfer process developed under H.B. 153.
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