James Gertz

James Gertz​ and his wife, Sharon, have 2 children who attended East Holmes schools and 6 grandchildren, 5 of who currently attend.  He served 38 years in public education, 17 as a HS math teacher and 21 as an Administrator at Plain Local Schools and SCESC.  He is currently an Adjunct Faculty member at Malone University, University of Mt. Union and Walsh University, serving in supervision of student teachers.  He and his wife were owners/operators of the Winesburg Restaurant from 1979-1988 and also previously served on the East Holmes Board of Education from 1986 to 1993.  He is also president of the Winesburg Area Development Corp. When asked his vision for the East Holmes School District he replied, "Obviously with my background, education is extremely important to me.  What we give our children in our families and in our schools will be our legacy to them.  Our schools provided outstanding opportunities for my children and are now doing the same for my grandchildren.  It is important to maintain the excellence we have in our schools in academics and extra-curricular activities, and maintain excellent programs in our schools for those attending through the 8th grade, those graduating from high school and preparing those who go on to college.  Finally, all this is important while maintaining fiscal integrity for the taxpayers in our community.  I feel honored to be able to serve our community.   Term expires 12/31/2023