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Firelands Board of Education

 Mr. Ben Gibson, Mr. Tom Myers, Mrs. Ellen Gundersen, Mr. Mike O'Keefe, Mr. Dan Pycraft

BOE Members:
President: Mr. Mike O'Keefe
Vice President: Mr. Tom Myers
Mr. Ben Gibson
Mrs. Ellen Gundersen
Mr. Dan Pycraft 

Standing Committees 
Building & Grounds: Ben Gibson & Mike O'Keefe
Policy Development: Ben Gibson
Transportation: Mike O'Keefe and Dan Pycraft 
Finance & Audit Committee: Tom Myers and Ellen Gundersen
Foundation Trustee: Dan Pycraft 
Future Planning: Ben Gibson & Dan Pycraft 
OSBA/Legislative Liaison: Tom Myers
OSBA Student Achievement Liaison: Ellen Gundersen
Representative on LCJVS Board of Education:  Dwayne Becker

BOE Purpose

The Board of Education is composed of five members, each elected to four years terms by the registered voters in the district.The primary responsibility of the Board is to establish purposes, programs and procedures which produce the educational achievement needed by District students. The Board must accomplish this while also being responsible for wise management of resources available to the District. The Board must fulfill these responsibilities by functioning primarily as a legislative body to formulate and adopt policy, by selecting an executive officer to implement policy and by evaluating the results.In accordance with these principles, the Board seeks to achieve the following goals:

  • To concentrate the Board's collective effort on its policy-making and planning responsibilities:
  • To formulate Board policies which best serve the educational interests of each student;
  • To provide the Superintendent with sufficient and adequate guidelines for implementing Board policies;
  • To maintain effective communication with the school community, the staff and the students in order to maintain awareness of attitudes, opinions, desires and ideas;
  • To allow those responsible for carrying out objectives to contribute to their formation;
  • To conduct Board business openly, soliciting and encouraging broad-based involvement in the decision-making process by public, students and staff and
  • To periodically review its performance relative to the goals.

Board of Education Members

Mr. Mike O'Keefe -Term Expires 12/31/2023
Board of Education President
Mr. Tom Myers -Term Expires 12/31/2023
Board of Education Vice President
Mr. Dan Pycraft -Term Expires 12/31/2025
Board of Education Member
Mr. Ben Gibson -Term Expires 12/31/2025
Board of Education Member
Mrs. Ellen Gundersen - Term Expires 12/31/2025
Board of Education Member

Meeting Gallery

Public Notice

Public Participation at Board Meetings

BOE Members

Mr. Mike O'Keefe - President
Mr. Tom Myers  - Vice President
Mr. Dan Pycraft
Mr. Ben Gibson
Mrs. Ellen Gundersen

BOE Meeting Dates

Upcoming BOE Meetings

December 11, 2023
January 8, 2024
February 12, 2024
March 11, 2024
April 15, 2024
May 13, 2024
June 10, 2024
July 8, 2024
August 12, 2024
September 9, 2024
October 14, 2024
November 13, 2024
December 9, 2024

All BOE meetings start at 7:00 pm and are held at the BOE in South Amherst.  
*Mtg has an earlier start time


Board of Education
112 North Lake St.
South Amherst, OH  44001
440-965-5821   phone
440-965-5702   fax

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