Board of Education

Board of Education

Wayne Brassell, President

A lifelong resident of Columbia Township, Wayne attended the Columbia Local Schools graduating in 1973, and then went on to earn a BA from Walsh College, majoring in History and Secondary Education. Wayne and his wife, Debbie, reside on the family homestead on Station Road where Wayne was born and raised. He retired from Kokosing Construction Company where he was employed for 28 years as Vice President. Wayne is a founding board member and current President of the Columbia Community Foundation and serves on the Board of Directors of Southwest General Hospital and their Coporate and Capital Campaign Committees. Wayne was sworn in as a Board of Education member on January 9, 2014.
COMMITTEES: Buildings and Grounds (chair), Personnel, Policy, Communications/Community Action (chair). 

Megan Champagne, Member

Megan and her husband Shaun have three children who attend Columbia Local Schools. Megan graduated from Columbia High School in 1995. She earned her BA in English from Ohio University, her teaching credentials from John Carroll University, and will complete her MA in Education with a focus in Educational Leadership in 2018. Megan is currently an English Instructor at Lorain County Joint Vocational School in Oberlin, Ohio. She is a Girl Scout leader and is an active member of Columbia Athletic Boosters.
COMMITTEES:  Finance and Audit, Policy (chairperson).  Mrs. Champagne serves as the Board representative to the Columbia Endowment.

Stephen Coleman, Member

Stephen and his wife Pamala have three sons currently in the Columbia Local Schools. A Columbia resident since 2007, Stephen retired from the U.S. Navy with over 20 years of service. Stephen is President of Northstar Contracting Inc., a general contracting company located in Cleveland.  Stephen is an active member of the community, involved Columbia Youth Football and Columbia Youth Basketball, and is a member of the Columbia Zoning Board.

COMMITTEES:  Buildings and Grounds, Transportation (Chair), Extracurricular (Chair).  Mr. Coleman is also the Board's representative to the Lorain County Joint Vocational School Board of Education.

Blanche Nemeth, Member

Blanche and her husband, Fred, came to Columbia in June of 1980. Their six children, four boys and two girls, all graduated from Columbia High School. Blanche worked for the Columbia Schools as a bus driver for 20 years.
COMMITTEES: Personnel (chair), Extracurricular. Mrs. Nemeth also serves as the Board's representative to the Columbia Historical Society and the Board's legislative liaison with OSBA.  

Shawn Ondrejko, Vice President

Shawn Ondrejko and his wife, Katie, have two children, a daughter and son both attending Copopa. A Columbia resident since 2011, Shawn is Vice President of Business Banking at one of the country's largest banking institutions. Shawn earned a BSBA in Economics & International Business and a Masters of Business Administration, both from Bowling Green State University. He has been active in the community, coaching youth soccer and baseball.

COMMITTEES: Finance and Audit (chair), Transportation, Communications/Community Action.

Board Meetings

The Columbia Local School District appreciates having residents, staff, students, and all interested persons attend its meetings. Time is provided near the beginning of all regular meetings for questions and concerns from the public. In order for the Board to fulfill its obligation to complete the planned agenda in an effective and efficient fashion, a maximum of 30 minutes of public participation may be permitted at each meeting.

At their regular meetings, the Board considers matters pertaining to the entire school district. Questions concerning individual students or personnel should be discussed privately with the administrator or teacher closest to the situation.
Copies of the board agenda are furnished the evening of the regular meeting. The meeting content may vary slightly from time to time, depending upon circumstances. Guests may secure a copy of the agenda from the table directly outside the room. A sign-in sheet is available so we may include the names of our guests in the official minutes.

In the event of an unusually large attendance there may not be enough agendas for everyone in the audience. Interested citizens may call the Superintendent’s office to arrange for a copy to be picked up the following day.
Meetings begin at 5:30 p.m in work session, and regular session begin at 6:30 p.m.

Order of Business

Ohio law permits the Board to hold executive sessions during their meetings. During these sessions, the Board may discuss personnel matters, purchase of property for public purposes, pending or imminent court action, negotiations with employees, matters to be kept confidential by federal law or state statute, and specialized details of security arrangements. Executive sessions are for discussion only. The Board is not permitted to take any action during executive session.

Board Membership

The Columbia Board of Education consists of 5 publicly-elected members. It is their duty to establish policy which is to be administered by the Superintendent and staff, evaluate the educational program, and determine whether worthwhile objectives are being accomplished.
Remuneration for board members has been set by Ohio law at $125 per regular meeting. The Board annually elects a president and vice president from its membership.
The educational goal of the Columbia Board of Education is to provide every child in the school district with the maximum educational experience which he or she can absorb, subject only to the limitations of each individual and the financial support which the citizens of the school district are willing to provide.

2019 Meetings

January 9 - Organizational Meeting, Budget Hearing
January 16 - 6:00 p.m. Work Session, 7:00 p.m. Regular Meeting (CMS Room 20)
February 20 - 6:00 p.m. Work Session, 7:00 p.m. Regular Meeting (CMS Room 20) 
March 20 - 6:00 p.m. Work Session, 7:00 p.m. Regular Meeting (CHS Media Center)
April 10 - 5:30 Regular Meeting, 7:00 p.m. State of the Schools (K-8 Gymnasium) 
April 12 - Special Meeting, 8:00 a.m., Administration Center 
May 15 - 7:00 p.m. Regular Meeting (CMS Room 20)
June 5 - 1st Wednesday, 7:00 p.m. Regular Meeting (CHS Media Center)
June 25 - 9:00 a.m., Work Session, Administration Center
August 21 - 7:00 p.m. Regular Meeting (Admin Center Conference Room)
September 18 - 6:00 p.m. Work Session, 7:00 p.m. Regular Meeting (CMS Room 20)
October 16 - 6:00 p.m. Work Session, 7:00 p.m. Regular Meeting (CMS Room 20)
November 20 - 6:00 p.m. Work Session, 7:00 p.m. Regular Meeting (CMS Room 20)
December 18 - 7:00 p.m. Regular Meeting (CMS Room 20)
The Board's 2020 Organizational Meeting/Budget Hearing is set for January 8, 2020, 5:00 p.m. (Admin Center Conference Room) 

Board Policies

You can access Columbia's Board Policies by clicking HERE.
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