The Ohio Governor's Office of 21st Century Education, in partnership with the Ohio Office of Budget and Management, have recently completed the study Beyond Boundaries: A Shared Services Action Plan for Ohio Schools and Governments. The study included a survey of government entities and leadership to determine the current state of shared services in Ohio. The plan serves as a "roadmap" for furthering collaborative approaches to delivering necessary services, increasing efficiency and service delivery, and reducing costs.
The plan was created amidst pressure on government and school entities to deliver more services, while costs continue to increase and available resources decline. The plan includes a set of ten recommendations for the state to act on to develop regional aparoaches to collaboration and coordination.