“I’m excited to join the team at Ionia County ISD. Education is changing as we shift to a learner-centered approach where technology is seen as an important ingredient in the recipe of student success. With the economic challenges our State has endured, we are tasked to be good fiscal stewards while shaping the lives of students. I look forward to continuing to partner with our local districts to ensure we are providing high quality opportunities for all students to reach their potential.”
Jason Mellema is the superintendent of Ionia County Intermediate School District. He was chosen to replace Bob Kjolhede, who retired on June 30, 2015, after 8 years of service to Ionia County schools.
Mr. Mellema’s career began as a teacher for Holton High/Middle School in 2002. In 2004, he began his administrative tenure with Ravenna Public Schools, serving initially as the district athletic director and then assuming other administrative duties . He was appointed to middle school principal in 2006 and was responsible for construction of the new middle school and athletic facilities. Mr. Mellema accepted the superintendency for Pewamo-Westphalia Community Schools in 2011. During his tenure, the district was recognized numerous times for success in the areas of academics, athletics, and the fine arts, including recognition as one of the top 25 high schools in the state of Michigan. The district also successfully passed a bond extension, improving facilities and becoming fully 1-to-1. Mr. Mellema served four years as superintendent of Pewamo-Westphalia Community Schools before joining the ICISD in 2015. He has been involved with over $22 million in construction projects, was elected onto the MHSAA Representative Council for 5 years, and has served on numerous civic boards including the Ionia County Community Foundation, the Ionia County Economic Alliance, Pewamo-Westphalia Education Foundation, and the Back Road Brigade Running Club. Mr. Mellema has his educational specialist degree in educational leadership from Central Michigan University.
Jason is married to his best friend, Molly. In his spare time, Jason is active in the Back Road Brigade Running Club, enjoys athletic activities and events of all kind, and spends time walking the trails of Portland with his wife and their amazing dog, Kaya.