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Lake County ESC - Governing Board

The Lake County ESC Governing Board is a policy-making body that functions according to mandates of state law.  Philosophy of the Lake County ESC Governing Board.

There are five elected Governing Board members.  For more information about each member, click on their name:

Dr. Brian Kolkowski, President
Mrs. Jean Brush, Vice-President
Mr. Geoffrey Kent, Member
Dr. Anthony Podojil, Member
Mr. Erik L. Walter, Member

The Lake County ESC Governing Board usually meets on the first Tuesday of each month at 5:45 p.m. at Auburn Career Center.

Board Meeting Dates/Minutes:  

 

2014

Date

Minutes

January  14 Minutes
February  4  Minutes
March  4  Minutes
April  15  Minutes
May  6  Minutes
June  3  Minutes
June  24  Minutes
August  5  
September  2  
October  7  
November  5  
December  2  

 

2013

 

Date

 

Minutes

January

15

Minutes 

February

5

Minutes 

March

5

Minutes 

April

16

Minutes 

May

7

Minutes 

June

4

Minutes 

June

25

Minutes

August

6

Minutes

September

3

Minutes 

October

1

Minutes 

November

6

 Minutes

December

3

Minutes

 

 

 

PRESIDENT

kolkowskis@roadrunner.com

Dr. Brian Kolkowski was elected to the Lake County Educational Service Center Governing Board in 2007 and is currently the Governing Board President.  Dr. Kolkowski works as an attorney, officer and a director for a number of local high technology companies. Dr. Kolkowski currently also serves as a board member at the Auburn Career Center.  He previously served as a board member for one of the local school districts in Lake County, and served honorably as a United States Naval Officer. Dr. Kolkowski holds both a doctorate from Case Western Reserve University in engineering and a law degree from the University of Toledo. Dr. Kolkowski lives in Leroy Township with his wife and his two children, a daughter and a son, currently attending The Ohio State University and the United States Air Force Academy, respectively.

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Dr. Brian Kolkowski

VICE PRESIDENT

brush2918@roadrunner.com

Mrs. Jean Brush has been a member of the LCESC Governing Board since 1990.  She is active in her church.  Seeing her children succeed and helping families step up in life are the rewards she receives from her countless hours of volunteerism.  Prior community involvement includes service at Forbes House, the YMCA, St. Clair School, the Rape Crisis Center, Lake Health, the courts, and Neighboring.  Mrs. Brush lives in Painesville with her husband, James. They have two grown children, Dr. James J. Brush and Betsy Chen. They have three grandchildren, Sarah, Adrian and Colin.

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Mrs. Jean Brush

MEMBER
gkent@lakeesc.org

Mr. Geoffrey Kent was elected to the Lake County ESC Governing Board effective January 14, 2014. He has served as Lake County Recorder, Painesville City Councilman and Council President and is retired from Maxiumus, headquartered in Washington DC, as budget cost analyst.  He is vice-president of the Lake County Employee Credit Union, serves on the the Lake Central YMCA Board of Directors, and has been an official with the Ohio High School Athletic Association for 33 years.  He and his wife Marilyn live in Painesville Township and have one son, Mark.

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MEMBER
apodojil@lakeesc.org

Dr. Anthony Podojil was elected to the Lake County ESC Governing Board effective January 14, 2014.  Dr. Podojil has an extensive history of working in the public school sector having begun his career as a teacher and culminating as a superintendent at West Geauga Schools in 2010.  He is currently the Executive Director for the Alliance for High Quality Education.  Dr. Podojil is also an adjunct professor in the Department of Education at John Carroll University, is licensed in the State of Ohio to provide financial services, and is currently a member and past Board President of the Lake/Geauga Educational Assistance Foundation.  Dr. Podojil lives with his wife Karen, a licensed social worker, in Painesville Township, and has three sons -- Bryan, Andrew, and Christopher, all who reside in the area. 

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MEMBER

ewalter@lakeesc.org  

Mr. Erik L. Walter joined the Lake County ESC Governing Board in 2013.  Mr. Walter is a partner at the law firm of Dworken & Bernstein Co., L.P.A.  He has served on the Board of Directors for the YMCA in Lansing, Michigan, is currently on the Board of Directors for the YMCA in Lake County, Ohio, the Northeast Ohio Autism Group and Lake County Jail Ministries.  Mr. Walter, his wife Melissa and three children Hannah, Noah and Isaiah reside in Concord.

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PHILOSOPHY

A Governing Board is a legal entity for providing a system of public education within a geographic area of the State of Ohio. The system was created by, and is governed by, State statutes. Members of a Board are, therefore, State officers chosen by citizens to represent them and the State in the legislative management of the local schools.

The Governing Board has the dual responsibility for implementing statutory requirements pertaining to public education and for meeting the desires of the citizens. While the Board has an obligation to determine and assess citizen desires, it is understood that when the citizens elect delegates to represent them in the conduct of specified educational programs, they, at the same time, endow their representatives with the authority to exercise their best judgment in determining policies, making decisions, and approving procedures for carrying out the responsibility.

The Board declares and, thereby, reaffirms its intent to:

  1. Maintain two-way communications with citizens of the Educational Service Center. The Board shall keep them informed of the progress and problems of the Educational Service Center, and the citizens shall be urged to bring their aspirations and concerns about the Center to the attention of this body.
  2. Establish policies and make decisions on the basis of declared educational philosophy and goals.
  3. Act as a truly representative body for citizens in all matters related to programs and operations. The Board recognizes that ultimate responsibility for public education rests with the State, but the Governing Board has been assigned specific authority through statute, and the Board shall not relinquish or fail to exercise that authority.

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382 Blackbrook Road, Painesville, Ohio 44077
Phone 440-350-2563 / Fax 440-350-2566
Superintendent, Brian Bontempo