Jason Mellema is on the job as Ionia County Intermediate School District Superintendent. He was chosen to replace Bob Kjolhede, who retired June 30th after 8 years of service to Ionia County schools. Mr. Mellema, 35, was superintendent of Pewamo-Westphalia Community Schools, prior to his appointment.
Mr. Mellema’s career began as a teacher for Holton High/Middle School in 2002. In 2004, he began his tenure with Ravenna Public Schools, serving as the district athletic director. He was appointed to middle school principal position in 2006 and served in that capacity until he left for Pewamo-Westphalia Community Schools in 2011. Other duties assigned during his time in Ravenna include: high school assistant principal, district testing coordinator, district homeless liaison, and middle school athletics. Mr. Mellema served four years as superintendent of Pewamo-Westphalia Community Schools before joining the ICISD. During his tenure, the district was recognized numerous times for success in the areas of academics, athletics, and the fine arts. He has been involved with over $22 million in construction projects, and has served on the MHSAA Representative Council for 5 years.
“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. Yet our goal has changed, providing opportunities for students reach their potential.”
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 spending time walking the trails of Portland with his wife and their amazing dog, Kaya.