Name: Ron Jantz
Date of Birth: 3/10/65
Occupation: Digital Media Coordinator at Lorain County Community College
Education: 1983 Midview High School Graduate, 1985 LCCC Associate of Arts Degree, 1987 Bachelor of Science in Journalism from the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism at Ohio University
Family: Wife - Stacy, Children – Riley, Julia, Caroline and Maggie
Years residing in Avon Lake: 16 years
Political Affiliation: Republican
Office Sought: Board of Education – Avon Lake City Schools
Previous Political Office Sought or Held: I have been on the BOE in Avon Lake for a four-year term and filled out the term of a previous member before running and being elected this past term. So, I have occupied this position for close to five years.
In my nearly five years as a Board of Education member for the Avon Lake City Schools, I have been a part of some very big decisions and processes. For example: the re-districting of our schools and neighborhoods, two labor negotiations with our teacher’s union, two bond issue campaigns (both were successful and both will end up saving the district and community millions of dollars) and two operating levy campaigns that were also successful. These successes, along with outstanding teachers and administrators, have helped our district consistently achieve “Excellent” ratings (nine years in a row) and “Excellent with Distinction” (two out of last three years) by the State of Ohio.
My wife and I have four children who attend these excellent schools. This year, we have one at the high school, one at Learwood, one at Troy and one at Redwood. This gives me valuable insight (along with lots of concerts to go to!).
I am extremely involved in my community – on many different levels. Whether it’s teaching Sunday School at our church, coaching a sports team, or working on the school board, this involvement gives me a window into the needs of our community.
My background as a journalist gives me qualities that lend to being a solid board member. I am a very objective person. I consider all the angles. I ask tough questions. I pay attention to the facts. I am a good listener.
Finally, becoming a good board of education member takes time. I already have time, energy and passion committed to this process. It is invaluable. I have much more to give, though, and I hope I get the opportunity to do that. It’s an honor to serve the community. Thank you for your trust.