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Board of Education

Victoria Powers, 2024 Board President

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Victoria Powers and her husband, David Horn, have lived in Bexley since 1997 and have two sons, Graham and Simon, who are both Bexley High School graduates.

 

Victoria earned a B.A. in philosophy from Mount Holyoke College and a J.D. from the University of California College of the Law San Francisco. After practicing law in California and Ohio, she retired from the Ice Miller law firm in 2018, where she chaired the firm’s financial restructuring practice group and served in firm management in a number of capacities. Since retiring, Victoria has served as adjunct faculty at Capital University Law School and has volunteered with the Legal Aid Society of Columbus.

 

During her years in the legal practice Victoria was recognized by Ohio Super Lawyers 2004-2019, including in 2019 as one of the top 100 lawyers and top 50 women lawyers in Ohio; by Chambers USA in America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, Bankruptcy and Restructuring, 2005-2018 and recognized in Band 1 since 2013; and in The Best Lawyers® in America, Bankruptcy and Creditor-Debtor Rights Law, and Bankruptcy Litigation, 2005-2018 and as Best Lawyers® 2015 “Lawyer of the Year” in Bankruptcy

Litigation in Columbus.

 

Victoria has served on a number of community boards, including the Bexley Education Foundation, Broad Street Presbyterian Church, BalletMet Columbus, Trinity Episcopal Church, the Columbus Montessori Education Center, and the National Kidney Foundation. Victoria is currently a member of the Ohio Poverty Law Center board’s Development Committee, serves on the Broad Street Presbyterian Church Personnel Committee, serves as treasurer of the Mount Holyoke College Central Ohio Alum Club, captains a Pelotonia peloton, and sings and serves with the Harmony Project.

 

Victoria was elected to the Board of Education in 2019. She served as Vice President of the Board in 2021 and 2023, as President in 2022 and 2024.

Joanne Pickrell, 2024 Board Vice President

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Joanne Pickrell began serving on the Bexley Board of Education in January 2022. Joanne and her husband, Aaron Pickrell, have called Bexley home for 15 years. They have two daughters, Lilly and Amelia, who are 2nd graders at Maryland Elementary School. She holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from The George Washington University.  She is a partner at the Remington Road Group, a small public affairs firm based in Columbus, Ohio. In this role, she works to advance policies that make a meaningful difference in the lives of families and communities, including initiatives on education, health care, diversity, and strengthening community trust.  In 2019, Joanne volunteered for the Committee for Bexley Excellence, which passed the 2019 Bexley Schools’ operating levy. She served as Vice President of the Board in 2024.
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Dr. Jonathan Baker

Dr. Jonathan Baker
Dr. Jonathan Baker has had a career rooted in teaching and helping others enhance their own skills in the classroom. Dr. Baker was an Assistant Professor at Columbus State Community College for 10 years. He then served as Mathematics Department Chairperson for 7 years where he managed the largest department on campus for seven years and expanded online course offerings.

Dr. Baker then went to OSU in a hybrid faculty-staff appointment within the Department of Statistics where he developed the department’s first online course and served as coordinator for tutoring and transfer credit. He then joined the Michael V. Drake Institute for Teaching & Learning as a Faculty Fellow; and has now become an Associate Director within the Institute overseeing the educational consulting staff and continues to teach statistics during the academic year.

Diversity & equity work has been a passion of Jonathan’s both professionally & personally. He served as co-Principal Investigator for the STEM Ability Alliance while at Columbus State, was a part of OSU’s Advocates & Allies (for gender equity) program, and was the Inaugural President of the Bexley Minority Parents Alliance.

Dr. Baker, his wife, Courtney, and daughters (Sophia BHS ’20, Lydia BHS ’23, Naomi BHS ’26) have been proud Bexley residents for well over a decade. Dr. Baker has spent several seasons coaching youth basketball, and even assisting with soccer & cheerleading. Dr. Baker has been active with music & theater programs. He has worked on the Technology Committee & has been a member of the Bexley Middle School PTO since 2014. He has been a proud member of the Big Brothers/Big Sister mentoring program. Dr. Baker has served his church in numerous speaking, teaching, and service capacities. He was even a former board member.

Dr. Baker brings his experience as a trained statistician, school administrator, innovative educator, and passionate ally for ALL students to continue to propel Bexley City Schools ahead.

Mike Carter

Following his election in November 2023, Mike Carter began a full term on the Bexley Board of Education in January 2024. He is a licensed nuclear medicine technologist with more than 20 years of experience in clinical settings. He also is a licensed real estate agent and previously coached youth football in Bexley.

A veteran of the United States Navy, Mike graduated with an associate of science degree in clinical nuclear medicine from the Naval School of Health Sciences and went on to receive his Bachelor of Science degree in biology from Norfolk State University, where he graduated magna cum laude. He also earned an associate of science degree in real estate from Columbus State Community College.

Patrick King

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In 2019, Mr. King was co-leader of the school levy campaign and has been in continued service to Bexley Schools as a member of the Treasurer’s Finance Advisory Council and a member of last year’s strategic planning subcommittee on diversity, equity, and inclusion. He also was a candidate for the Board of Education in 2021.

Mr. King works in public finance and has expertise in financing for public entities, including public school districts. He has served on multiple boards, including SWACO and the Columbus Montessori Education Center. He also is a member of Bexley’s Board of Zoning and Planning Committee.

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Alissa Shyshkova is the student representative to the Bexley City Schools' Board of Education for the 2023-2024 school year.

Friend of Education Award

The Bexley City Schools Board of Education has a proud tradition of annually presenting a community member(s) the Friend of Education Award. Annually in late January or early February the Board sends out a nomination form. Visit the Friend of Education webpage to nominate a community member.

Board of Education's Statement on Racism, June 2020

The Bexley Board of Education acknowledges the voices and expectations of our community in response to recent events that call on us to confront racism, not only through conversation but also definitive action. We recognize our critical role in shaping and cultivating an educational experience that ensures that each student, regardless of race, color, ethnicity, religion, and sexual orientation, feels valued, supported, and free. We believe this is essential to any public school environment, and that our work in recent years towards this goal is merely the beginning and not the end of our journey.

Letter to the Community - June 2020

2024 Meeting Dates and January 2025 Organization and Regular Meeting Date

Meetings start at 6:00 p.m. and are held at Bexley City Hall unless otherwise specified. 

NEW: Live Stream of Board of Education meetings and recordings can now be found on our YouTube Channel

Meeting dates for 2024

January 10, 2024 (Organizational 6:00pm and Regular Meeting 6:30pm) at Bexley City Hall
Tuesday, January 16, 2024 (Special Meeting) 5:30 p.m.; Maryland Elementary; No public participation at Special Meeting
Monday, January 29, 2024 (Special Meeting) 6:00 p.m.; Bexley City Hall; No public participation at Special Meetings
February 14, 2024
March 13, 2024
April 10, 2024
May 8, 2024
June 12, 2024
June 26, 2024 (Special Meeting) 7:30 a.m.; Bexley City Hall; No public participation at Special Meetings
July 10, 2024
August 14, 2024
September 11, 2024
October 9, 2024
November 13, 2024
December 11, 2024

January 8, 2025 (Organizational 6:00pm and Regular Meeting 6:30pm) at Bexley City Hall