Ontario Local Schools

Board of Education

Ontario Board of Education Members

Next Board Meeting

The next meeting of the Ontario Board of Education will be Tuesday, August 8, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. in the Ontario High School Library, 467 Shelby-Ontario Road, Ontario, Ohio. 

Treasurer Josh Mandel Announces Launch of Ontario's Online Checkbook Website

Randy Harvey and Frank Kohstall, Deputy Director of Public Affairs w/the State Treasurer of Ohio Office
Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel announced the launch of the Ontario Local School District's online checkbook on OhioCheckbook.com.  In December 2014, Treasurer Mandel launched OhioCheckbook.com, which sets a new national standard for government transparency and for the first time in Ohio history puts all state spending information on the internet.  OhioCheckbook.com recently earned Ohio the number one government transparency ranking in the country for the second year in a row.
The Ohio Treasurer's office was joined at today's announcement by Ontario Local Schools Superintendent Lisa Carmichael, Treasurer Randy Harvey, Board President Sam Vancura and members of the Board of Education

Ontario Local School District is the second school district in Richland County to post their spending on OhioCheckbook.com. Ontario Local Schools' online checkbook includes over 52,000 individual transactions that represent more than $86 million of total spending over the past four Fiscal Years.

"I believe the people of Richland County have a right to know how their tax money is being spent, and I applaud local leaders here for partnering with my office to post the finances on OhioCheckbook.com," said Treasurer Mandel. "By posting local government spending online, we are empowering taxpayers across Ohio to hold public officials accountable.

Paperless Technology for Board Meetings

BoardDocs LT is an internet-based site that will enable staff, board members, and most importantly, the general public access to meeting agendas as well as other board-related files. This site will allow interested parties the opportunity to review information prior to board meetings. All documents will be automatically archived and available for review by meeting date or by using the system's comprehensive search feature.

To use this feature, simply click on the link below or use the link provided on the right side of this page.

Go to the BoardDocs site.
Embedded Image for:  (20123148623335_image.jpg) Sam VanCura - President
Phone - 419-529-3773
Current Occupation - Owner of Total Performance, Inc.
Number of Years of Board Service - 17 years of service
Term Expires: December 31, 2019
Sam graduated from Malabar High School. His wife, Janet; daughter Kelly Scholl; and sons Tim and Chase all received their high school diplomas from Ontario High School.

Sam is a board member because he believes a quality education is the greatest predictor of adult success. 
He was a high school swim coach for 20 years.  Though he says he may not have reached every swimmer, he tried to become a role model and inspiration. Most people can look back to a coach or teacher who made an impact, and he hopes he has accomplished that feat with his former athletes. 
As a board memeber his goal is for our schools to have a positive influence on all of the students.
Other Activities:  Board member of the Richland County Foundation, Workforce Investment Act member, Richland Community Development Group (RCDG) member, and the Richland Carrousel Park member.  Sam enjoys swimming year round; skiing in the winter; and working in his woods.  He and his family also enjoy traveling.
Embedded Image for:  (20123148255296_image.jpg) Tom Beck - Vice-president
Phone - 419-529-4045
Current Occupation - Richland County Engineer 
Number of Years of Board Service - 35 years of service
Term Expires: December 31, 2017
Tom has lived in the Ontario School District since 1970. He and his wife, Janet, have six children, five who have all graduated from Ontario High School. Currently, a grandson is attending Stingel Elementary. 

He has always had an interest in kids' education and wanted to be a part of making it good in Ontario. He believes that a school is a big business, and it is good to have someone with a business background as a member of the Board. Tom became a Board member because he was concerned with the direction of the schools 33 years ago.
Other Activities:  Mansfield Kiwanis Club, Mansfield/Richland Area & Kelleys Island Chamber of Commerce
Embedded Image for:  (20151617402609_image.jpg) Jerod Them
Phone - 419-545-5132
Current Occupation - Attorney & Partner at Weldon, Huston & Keyser, L.L.P.
Number of Years of Board Service - 2 years of service
Term Expires: December 31, 2017
Jerod and his wife, Lee Ann, are both Ontario graduates.  They have four children with two currently attending Stingel Elementary.
Jerod chose to serve on the Board because he believes a school district is a community's greatest asset. He is extremely proud of and grateful for the education he received at Ontario, and it is his goal to continue to provide our students, parents, and community an outstanding school system.
Other Activities:  Current Board President of Ohio District 5 Area Agency on Aging, Inc.; Ontario Growth Corporation Trustee; Mansfield Kiwanis Club member, Past President and 2014 Lt. Governor Division 11-N Ohio District of Kiwanis; Coach for OYS teams; Pre-school Teacher at Shelby First Church of God
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Heidi Zimmerman
Phone - 419-512-7570
Current Occupation - Part-time Business Manager; Community Volunteer
Number of Years of Board Service - 1 year of service
Term Expires: December 31, 2017
Though originally from Greencastle, Indiana, Heidi and her family have been in the Mansfield area since 1999 and have made Ontario their home since 2004.  She and her husband, Brian, a 1989 Ontario graduate, have three children:  Sam, Ben, and Shelby and all are attending Ontario Schools.
Heidi became a Board member because she wanted to bring a woman's point-of-view back to the organization.  As a parent to three children in the school system, she also wanted to witness more interaction and collaboration among Board members, district employees, and parents.  Lastly, Heidi wanted to do her part to enhance communication so parents are aware of all the opportunities and resources available.
Other Activities:  President of the Ontario Academic Boosters, Upward Basketball Site Volunteer, VBS at OCF Coordinator, Sunday School Superintendent, CE Board Member, OCF Tag Sale Coordinator, Ontario Schools Technology Board Member, and a Lego Club Volunteer.  In her free time she enjoys reading, watching football, completing crosswords, playing trivia games, and traveling with her family.
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Brett Baxter
Phone - 419-529-5598
Current Occupation - Consultant; Staff Sergeant with the Army National Guard
Number of Years with Board Service - 1 year of service
Term Expires:  December 31, 2019
Brett and his wife are both graduates of Ontario High School and have lived in Ontario the majority of their lives. Their three children are currently all attending Ontario Schools.
The Ontario community helped his family in many ways during his deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan, and in return, he wanted to give back to the community, which is why he chose to become a Board Member. After showing interest in the School Board during the 2013 election, many people suggested he should run again. The common theme for their requests was that it was time for a change.


Lisa Carmichael

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Randy Harvey

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Congratulations Randy on receiving the prestigious honor of Auditor of State Award for excellent record keeping and for being a careful steward of Ontario taxpayers dollars!

Administrative Staff

Superintendent - Lisa Carmichael
Phone - 419.747.4311
FAX - 419.747.6859
Director of Education - Kathy Stone
Treasurer - Randy Harvey
Phone - 419.747.4311
Director of Maintenance - Brad Swain
Phone - 419.529-6771
Director of Transportation - Pat Duffner
Phone - 419.529.3814
School Resource Officer - Adam Gongwer
Phone - 419.529.3969

Regular Meeting Dates

January 10, 2017
February 14, 2017
March 14, 2017
April 11, 2017
May 9, 2017
June 13, 2017
July 11, 2017
August 8, 2017
September 12, 2017
October 10, 2017
November 14, 2017
December 12, 2017
All meetings are Tuesday evenings in the OHS Library at 7:00 p.m., 467 Shelby-Ontario Road, Mansfield, OH  44906

Board Communication

Ohio Checkbook Link

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