Who we are.


We strive for nothing less than realizing the full potential of education; providing effective, data-driven solutions designed to support a new era of innovation, growth and life-long learners.

We develop, implement, and support the technology and instructional needs of schools in a cost-effective manner so they can focus on what's important - creating a culture of learning.

Our values.


We put schools first in everything we do. We operate and provide support with schools as our primary focus. We know that every aspect of education ultimately affects our students and we are committed to leaving a lasting impact on the future of education.

We know that empowering people is what excels an organization. We trust and empower each other to solve problems and make decisions. We know the importance of supporting one another when challenging the root cause of a problem. It is then, and only then, when we are truly improving each other and our organization.

We understand that the way things are done today, may not work tomorrow. We are always looking for ways to improve in order to operate more effectively and efficiently. We embrace change and support each other in the continuous improvement process.

We are innovators. We celebrate and support forward thinking. We are at the forefront of next generation learning. We are not scared to challenge the norm and embark on new journeys; risk-taking and innovation are part of our culture.

We pride ourselves on always doing more. We actively seek new opportunities, provide more options, and will go the extra mile to add value. We do not want to be ordinary, we want to be extraordinary. Doing more is our differentiator.

Our vision is to become the most valued and respected educational solutions partner.

Meet our leadership.


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Wade Lucas
Chief Executive Officer

Wade Lucas is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) at META Solutions. Prior to META, Wade served as the superintendent for Olentangy Local Schools, Green Local Schools and Coshocton City Schools. He has more than 30 years of extensive educational experience, and has worked in various roles including assistant principal, athletic director and teacher. Wade has a doctorate in education administration from Seton Hall University. He also holds a Master of Arts degree in education from Ashland University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in elementary education from Ohio University. He has served as a member on numerous committees and board of directors, including Governor Strickland’s Creativity and Innovation Committee, the Ohio Leadership Advisory Council and the Salvation Army Advisory Board. Wade is passionate about meeting the needs of all students through challenging instructional programs, extensive community engagement and data-driven professional development. He understands the importance of quality core support, and is committed to providing exceptional service to our districts.

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Jamie Grube
Chief Operating Officer

Jamie Grube is the President and Chief Operating Officer (COO) at META Solutions. Prior to META, he served as the executive director of the Metropolitan Educational Council (MEC). Jamie has more than 19 years in K-12 education, holding positions as a school superintendent, human resource director, high school principal and teacher. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in business education from Bowling Green State University and a Master of Arts degree from The Ohio State University in Educational Policy and Leadership. Jamie’s goal as a public servant has always been to maximize the benefit to the people and organizations he serves. 

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David Varda
Chief Financial Officer

David Varda serves as the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) at META Solutions. He came to META from the Ohio Association of School Business Officials (OASBO), where he acted as Executive Director from 2006 to 2016. While there, David oversaw all aspects of the organization, which provides guidance to more than 1,000 public school business officials, including district treasurers and CFOs, business managers, food service directors, transportation supervisors and support staff. In addition to his time at OASBO, he served as the chief deputy auditor for the Ohio Auditor of State where he managed the Audit Division and advised the management team on all aspects of the operations. During his career, David has also worked as associate superintendent of the School Finance and Accountability Division for the Ohio Department of Education, treasurer for Upper Arlington City Schools and mayor and council president for the City of Upper Arlington. He is a Certified Public Accountant and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration from Xavier University. 

Board of Directors


Jim Sotlar
President

Canal Winchester Local

Brian Hamler

Whitehall City

Gary Chapman

Jonathan Alder Local

Greg Williams

New Lebanon Local

Jim Atchley

Ansonia Local

Karen Boch

Wellston City

John Kellogg

Westerville City

Brett Justice

Lynchburg-Clay Local

Bill Garrett

Fairfield Local

Rick Edwards

Athens-Meigs ESC

Becky Jenkins

New Albany-Plain Local

Board Meetings & META Documents


The next META Board of Directors meeting will be held on January 24, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. at the META Columbus office.

META Finance Advisory Group Summaries:
October 2016

META ESC Superintendent Advisory Group Summaries:
November 2016

META CIP Narratives:
FY17
FY16