Board of Education

2021 Board of Education Members



Mrs. Cindra Keeler
Bryan City Schools
(2021 Vice President)



Mrs. Christine Oberlin
Defiance City Schools






Mr. Dennis Vetter
Hicksville Exempted Village School





Mr. Nate Rose
Montpelier Exempted Village School





Mrs. Marci Bruns
Napoleon City Schools
(2021 President)




Mr. Larry Fruth
Wauseon Exempted Village Schools





Mr. Brian Baker
Northwest Ohio Educational
Service Center - Henry County





Mr. Ron Crawford
Northwest Ohio Educational
Service Center - Defiance County




Mrs. Deb Gerken
Northwest Ohio Educational
Service Center - Williams County




Mrs. Nona Rupp
Northwest Ohio Educational
Service Center - Fulton County




Dr. Christine Smallman
Northwest Ohio Educational
Service Center - Fulton County

Meeting Dates

The Four County Board of Education meetings are set for the third Thursday of each month unless specified otherwise (*). The meetings begin at 6:30 p.m. These meetings are held in the District Board room.

2021 Meeting Dates:
January 5, 2021*
February 18, 2021 Rescheduled to February 25, 2021 due to weather
March 18, 2021
April 15, 2021 includes public hearing for retire/rehire
May 20, 2021
June 29, 2021*
July 15, 2021
August 19, 2021
September 16, 2021
October 21, 2021
November 18, 2021
December 16, 2021     

Board Members Receive Veteran Board Member Award

OSBA Award
Three Board of Education members at Four County Career Center will receive the Ohio School Boards Association’s Veteran Board Member Award at the association’s 65th annual Capital Conference and Trade Show on Sunday, November 8.  The event is being held virtually this year due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The Veteran Board Member Award is given to school board members in recognition of 25 years of service.  Of the nearly 3,500 board members in Ohio, only 33 will receive the honor in 2020.  Receiving this award from the Four County Career Center board are Brian Baker who has served on the Northwest Ohio Educational Service Center board for 25 years and the Four County board for 14 years;  Ron Crawford who has served on the Northeastern Local School board for 8 years, the Northwest Ohio Educational Service Center board for 17 years and the Four County board for 6 years; and Chris Oberlin who has served on the Defiance City Schools board for 25 years and the Four County board for 24 years.

“Brian, Ron and Chris are outstanding board members.  Their dedication to Four County Career Center is greatly appreciated.  I feel very fortunate to have them on our board and consider it a privilege to work with them.” states Tim Meister, Superintendent at Four County Career Center.

In its 65th year, the Ohio School Boards Association leads the way to educational excellence by serving Ohio’s public school board members and the diverse districts they represent through superior service, unwavering advocacy and creative solutions.

Public Participation Guidelines

The Four County Board of Education meets on the third Thursday of each month at 6:30 p.m. in the District Board room at Four County Career Center. The Board Policy manual specifies conduct and procedures for public participation at Board meetings, as follows: 

  • All meetings of the Board are open to the public. Agendas are available at Board meetings. The section on the agenda for public participation shall be indicated. Noted in each agenda shall be a short paragraph outlining the Board’s policy on public participation.
  • Persons addressing the Board shall give their name and address. If several people wish to speak, each person is allotted up to three minutes until the total time of 30 minutes is used. During that period, no person may speak twice until all who desire to speak have had the opportunity to do so. Persons desiring more time should follow the procedure of the Board to be placed on the regular agenda. The period of public participation may be extended by a vote of the majority of the Board.
  • Undue interruption or other interference with the orderly conduct of Board business will not be allowed. Defamatory or abusive remarks are always out of order. A speaker’s privilege of address may be terminated by the President if, after being called to order, the speaker persists in improper conduct or remarks. Board members and the Superintendent/Designee may question a speaker or make comments in response to the speaker’s remarks.
  • At Board meetings, no person may orally initiate charges or complaints against individual District employees or challenge instructional materials used in the District. All such charges, complaints or challenges must be presented to the Superintendent/Designee and Board in writing signed by the complainant. All such charges, if presented to the Board directly, are referred to the Superintendent/Designee for investigation and report. Challenges of instructional materials used in the District are subject to District policy, rules and regulations.