Dr. Brian Bontempo

Dr. Brian Bontempo
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Phone Numbers
440 350-2563 x 701 [Office]
382 Blackbrook Rd

Painesville, Ohio 44077

Biographical Information:
Dr. Brian Bontempo was appointed Superintendent of the Lake County Educational Service Center in the fall of 2009 and as the Auburn Career Center Superintendent March of 2017. As the Chief Executive Officer of the Lake County ESC, he is the primary professional adviser to the County Board of Education and Auburn Career Center. He is responsible for the development, supervision, and operation of each program and service offered to our member and non-member districts. During Dr. Bontempo’s tenure, he has more than tripled the programming and the budget of the Lake County ESC by providing programs and services that meet the needs of the local districts and communities.

As the Superintendent of Auburn Career Center, Dr. Bontempo has implemented many positive changes in his first year.  He has led the District through staffing reorganization, addition of the new Criminal Justice program, a marketing rebranding process, the start of the Auburn Education Foundation, a facilities plan and the resurgence of enrollment to the highest it has been in years, as well as, the start-up of summer boot camp skills program for High School & Adults, and restructuring the delivery of adult programming.

Dr. Bontempo joined the Lake County ESC in August 2005 as Assistant Superintendent. Prior to joining the ESC, Dr. Bontempo served as Principal at Willoughby South High School, a suburban school of over 1,200 students. Prior to being the principal, he was an assistant principal at Willoughby South and received the Ohio Assistant Principal of the Year Award in 2002. Dr. Bontempo was also recognized as the John Carroll University Alumni of the Year in 2002. His background includes working as the director of technology, classroom teacher, and head wrestling coach. In addition, he has served on numerous levy, facility labor management and dispute committees, and has considerable experience in curriculum and program development.

Dr. Bontempo is Past President of the Ohio Educational Service Center Association (OESCA) and currently serves as the Chairman of the Lake County Schools Health Care Consortium. He recently led Lake County through a STEM Strategic Plan that is near full implementation and he is often asked to serve with community leaders on numerous committees and boards.

Dr. Bontempo is very active in policy and state level work for OESCA and recently served on a policy task force charged with developing recommendations to legislative and educational leaders on a statewide system of support as it relates to the delivery and support of the new federal Every Student Succeeds Act. 

Dr. Bontempo holds a B.S. in Business Education, a M.Ed. in Computer Education, a M.Ed. in School Administration, and a Doctorate in Educational Leadership. He also holds Ohio licenses as superintendent, treasurer and K-12 principal.

Dr. Bontempo and his wife Lisa, have twin boys enrolled at Miami University in Oxford, OH, and is a proud, lifelong supporter of all Cleveland sports teams.

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