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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 of 32 years, Debbie, reside on the family homestead on Station Road where Wayne was born and raised. He recently 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 new Board of Education member on January 9, 2014.  brassellw@columbia.k12.oh.us
COMMITTEES: Buildings and Grounds (chair), Personnel, Policy (chair), 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.  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. colemans@columbia.k12.oh.us

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, Vice President
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.  nemethb@columbia.k12.oh.us
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, Member
Shawn Ondrejko and his wife, Katie, have two children. A daughter attending Copopa and a son to begin in 2016. 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.  ondrejkos@columbia.k12.oh.us

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.

2018 Meetings
January 10, 2018 - Organizational Meeting and Budget Hearing, 5:30 p.m., Conference Room, Administration Center
2017 Meetings
2017 Meeting Dates
Unless otherwise noted, Regular Meetings are held on the 3rd Wednesday of the month.  Meetings begin at 5:30 p.m. in Work Session and then move to Regular Session at 6:30 p.m.  Meetings are held in Room 20 of Columbia Middle School unless otherwise noted.
(Organizational Meeting and Budget Hearing, 5:30 p.m., Conference Room of the Administration Center)
June 7 - 5:30 Special Meeting followed by a 6:30 p.m. Work Session with the Columbia Township Trustees - cafeteria of Columbia High School
August 16 - 6:30 Regular Meeting only - Administration Center
December 6 (1st Wednesday) - 5:30 p.m. Work Session and Special Meeting - Administration Center
2016 Meetings
2016 Meeting Dates
Unless otherwise noted, Regular Meetings are held on the 3rd Wednesday of the month.  Meetings begin at 5:30 p.m in Work Session and then move to Regular Session at 6:30 p.m.
Please click on the date to view the minutes of the meeting.
(Organizational Meeting and Budget Hearing)
(Administration Center)
(CMS Gymnasium, 5:30 p.m. Regular Meeting, 6:30 p.m. State of the Schools)
August 3 (1st Wednesday)
August 17 (3rd Wednesday)
November 1
Special Meeting (5:00 p.m. Administration Center)
November 16 (meeting will be held in the gymnasium of Columbia Middle School)
December 6 (Special Meeting)
December 14 (2nd Wednesday) (meeting will be held in the gymnasium of Columbia Middle School)
2015 Meetings
2015 Meeting Dates
Unless otherwise noted, Regular Meetings are held on the 3rd Wednesday of the month at 6:30 p.m. in the conference room of the Administration Center.
Please click on the date to view the minutes of the meeting.
(Organizational Meeting and Budget Hearing)
(4th Thursday)
(2nd Thursday)
(4th Wednesday, 5:30 p.m., CMS Gymnasium - State of the Schools)
(Special Meeting, 7:00 a.m.)
(1st Wednesday)
October 12
Roundtable discussion with Columbia Township Trustees, 6:30 p.m., CHS cafeteria
(to be held in the CHS Cafeteria)
(to be held in the CHS Cafeteria)
(to be held in the K-8 Cafeteria)
Board Policies
You can access Columbia's Board Policies by clicking HERE.
Archived Minutes
Our Mission
“To provide the students of our community with the opportunity for a balanced education from a staff dedicated to each student’s success.”
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