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The Painesville City Local Schools Board is a policy making body that functions according to mandates of state law. It represents the State of Ohio and the citizens of Painesville on all matters and decisions dealing with public education. The Board is nonpartisan and nonsectarian as it speaks and acts for the community. Moreover, it acts as a committee-of-the-whole on matters requiring official decisions. No Board member has independent authority to speak for the Board. 
 
The following citizens make up the Painesville City Board of Education:
Kathleen Powers-Dolney
President
kathleen.dolney@pcls.net
 
Committees:
Curriculum
Facilities
 

Kathleen Powers-Dolney was elected to a four-year term in the November, 2013 general election. Ms. Powers-Dolney is no stranger to the district having retired from Painesville City Local Schools in 2008 after twenty-three years as a guidance counselor and an English teacher at Harvey High School.
 
Prior to her tenure in our district, she was employed as a teacher at John Hay, John F. Kennedy, and Collinwood High Schools in Cleveland and as a counselor at Streetsboro High School. She has also served as an adjunct professor of English at Lakeland Community College.
 
Ms. Powers Dolney was born and raised in Painesville. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Secondary Education from Ursuline College and a Master of Education degree in Counseling and Personnel Services in Education from Kent State University. Ms. Powers Dolney is a member of St. Mary Church in Painesville where she serves as a communion minister. She is the proud mother of one daughter.
 
 

Deb Remington
Vice-President
deb.remington@pcls.net
 
Committees:
Curriculum
Pupil Personnel

 
Ms. Deb Remington was elected to the Board of Education in November 2015. She began her four-year term in January 2016.
 
Ms. Remington is a 1974 graduate of Lake Erie College and a 40 year resident of Painesville. Both her children are graduates of Thomas W. Harvey High School. She has been employed by Lake Erie College for the past 10 years as their Director of Alumni Relations and Events. Prior to her employment with the College, Ms. Remington served as the Director of Communications for Painesville City Local Schools and the district's educational access channel 30/96 for fifteen years as well as an adjunct faculty member of communications at Lake Erie College.
 
Ms. Remington assisted with the creation of the Painesville City Local Schools Educational Foundation, served on the Board of Directors of Lake Erie College, is past president of the Painesville Community Improvement Corporation. She now sits on the Painesville Rotary and The Downtown Painesville Organization Boards, is a member of the Women's Leadership Committee of United Way and was recently inducted into the VIP Woman of the Year Circle of the National Association of Professional Women. Ms. Remington is also a member of St. James Episcopal Church where she serves on their Soup to Service committee.
 
 

Steve Costell
Member
steve.costell@pcls.net
 
Committees:
Finance & Insurance
Policy
Pupil Personnel
Technology
 

Mr. Steve Costell was elected to the Board of Education in November 2011. He began his new four year term in January 2016.
 
Mr. Costell is a Harvey High School graduate and has lived in Painesville for 30 years. He is employed by Progressive Insurance as an IT Systems Engineer. His civic interests include the Painesville Parks and Recreation Commission and the Progressive Educational Partnership Program.
 
Mr. Costell is married and has two children who are attending Painesville City Local Schools.
 
 

Charles Tackett
Member
charles.tackett@pcls.net 
 
Committees:
Facilities
Finance & Insurance
Personnel 
 

Mr. Charles Tackett was appointed to service on the Board of Education in the spring of 2012. He was elected to this position in the 2015 General Election and is completing a new four year term, beginning in January 2016.
 
Mr. Tackett holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Architecture as well as a Juris Doctor. He is owner of CTA Architecture and works as a consultant and project manager with several Cleveland area architectural firms. 

In addition. Mr. Tackett  is a trustee for the Painesville Community Improvement Corporation (PCIC) and enjoys involvement in the Painesville community and church. Mr. Tackett's children are currently enrolled in Painesville City Local Schools.
 
 

Stephen Webster Member stephen.webster@pcls.net
Stephen Webster
Member
 
Committees:
Personnel
Policy 
Technology
 

Mr. Stephen Webster was elected to his position in the 2017 General Election and begins his four year term in January 2018.
 
Mr. Webster holds a Bachelor of Arts in History and English from the University of New Mexico and a Master of Labor Relations and Human Resources from Cleveland State University.  He works as a Human Resources Generalist for Cleveland Clinic, supporting the Heart and Vascular, Lerner Research, and Education Institutes.

 

Mr. Webster spent the majority of his life in New Mexico and Colorado, where he met his wife, a Lake County native, while working in the ski industry.  They relocated to Painesville in 2002.  He founded Lake Erie Youth Lacrosse Club in 2009 and was its director for many years.  He currently serves on the board of that institution.  Mr. Webster is also active in Scouting and currently serves as Committee Chair for Venturing Crew 68, a co-educational leadership development program for youth aged 14 to 21.  He attends St. James Episcopal Church in Painesville.  Both of Mr. Webster’s children attend Painesville City Local Schools.