SBE At-Large: Tess Elshoff

Tess Elshoff, Member At-Large

Tess Elshoff attended Wright State University majoring in Social and Industrial Communications. She served on the New Knoxville Local School Board of Education until 2011.While on the Board, Tess served as the Legislative Chairperson and was the representative to the OSBA Small School District Advisory Committee.

Mrs. Elshoff is a past Board member of the New Knoxville Community Park Association, a member and past officer of the New Knoxville Garden Club, a former Cub Scout Den Leader, a Cloverbuds 4-H Adviser, and a past member of the Education Board at Holy Rosary School in St. Marys. A stay-at-home mother of four, Mrs. Elshoff resides with her husband near New Knoxville.

Tess Elshoff, Member At-Large

05768 Southland Rd. New Knoxville, OH 45471 Phone: (419) 753-2583


From a local newspaper:

NEW KNOXVILLE – Tess Elshoff, of New Knoxville, was recently appointed an at-large member of Ohio’s State Board of Education by Gov. John Kasich.

Elshoff was sworn in on Jan. 18, along with other new board members for a four year term which will end on Dec. 31, 2014. Until recently, Elshoff served on the New Knoxville Board of Education She served on the New Knoxville Board of Education for a year before the appointment. Elshoff is also active in the Auglaize County Republican Central Committee, where she served as Auglaize County campaign chair during Kasich’s election campaign. She also is a member of the Auglaize County Republican Women’s Group. As a stay at home mom with four children, the appointment came as a shock to Elshoff. “It’s overwhelming and exciting,” said Elshoff. “Having four kids, I know how things affect them and it’s exciting to be a voice for the small schools.” The 19-member board includes 11 people elected to represent districts across the state and eight appointed by the governor. Four of the appointees have to be from urban school districts and four from rural school districts. All serve four-year terms. The State Board of Education meets once a month for two days and members receive $32.02 per meeting hour. According to the Ohio State Board of Education website, the board is responsible for hiring and evaluating the state superintendent of public instruction, and implementing education laws passed by the Ohio General Assembly. It establishes curriculum guidelines and student testing, oversees license requirements for teachers, and acts on allegations of teacher misconduct and school-district territory disputes. As a result of her appointment, Elshoff will resign her seat on the local board of education.