Jeff Ohio flag backgroundJeff Vrabel, Sr.
Fleet Services Supervisor
Columbus City Schools
889 E 17th Ave
Columbus, Ohio 43211
P: (614) 365-5263
F: (614) 365-4045


Jeff Vrabel, Sr is a 1987 graduate of both Poland Seminary High School and the Mahoning County Joint Vocational School in the Millwork/Carpentry program. He attended both Youngstown State University and the DeVille School of Business at Walsh University.


From 1997 through 2012, he served as the Transportation Coordinator for the Columbiana County Educational Service Center, supervising school bus transportation for students ages 3-22 in special education programs throughout Columbiana County, Ohio. In July 2010, his position changed to Transportation, Grounds, and Facilities Coordinator, as he assumed responsibility for supervision of custodial staff, oversight of maintenance of buildings, and assured proper care of grounds. Mr. Vrabel also performed various duties including hiring, evaluation, and supervision of employees, as well as grant writing. He also published a monthly newsletter, CCESC Update, for ESC office staff.


As Transportation Coordinator, he expanded the department to as many as 13 routes when necessary, wrote a Transportation Department Handbook for all employees, and a Student and Parent Handbook as well. Mr. Vrabel obtained On-Bus Instructor certification, published a monthly department newsletter, On The Road Again, and through 2008 maintained the department website, which was nationally recognized on two separate occasions.


From 2007-2011, he served as CCESC Improvement Council Chairman, helped create a recycling program within the office, established a Community Recycling Drop-Off Center on the grounds, and wrote and was awarded four (4) Environmental Grants from Heritage-WTI. Mr. Vrabel worked with the Columbiana County Emergency Management Agency and its Emergency Planning Committee, served from February 2009-May 2010 on the Ohio Department of Education Superintendent’s Northeast District Parent Advisory Council, as well as a member of the ODE Statewide Parent Advisory Council.


He was appointed to the Parent Academy for Academic Content Standards and was a Parent Academy for School Improvement facilitator. In the spring of 2009 he attended Grant Writing Training at Kent State University. On February 1, 2010 he assumed the duties of Buildings and Grounds Supervisor. In April 2010, he was appointed to the Ohio Department of Education Race to the Top Federal Education Grant Phase 2 Review Team.


Mr. Vrabel has demonstrated a commitment to Ohio students through membership in the Ohio Association for Pupil Transportation, where he served as East Region Director from October 2006-July 2011, was elected Vice-President in March 2001 and President-Elect in March 2012. He held the office of President for the 2013-2014 membership year. He is a member of the National Association for Pupil Transportation and has attended the Annual Summit since 2011. He has served on the Ohio Association for School Business Officials Strategic Planning for Professional Development since 2008, and became an Associate Member of the Association in 2011. In 2009, he served on the Columbiana County Public Transit-Human Services Coordinated Transportation Planning Committee. He is also Past-President of the Columbiana County Transportation Supervisors Association.


In July 2012, he resigned his position with the Columbiana County ESC and assumed the position of Chief of Transportation in the Youngstown City Schools, where nearly 7,000 students were transported on approximately 65 buses each day. In March 2013, he became the Operations Manager at Transit Service Inc., a family-owned private contractor serving special needs students in Mahoning and Trumbull Counties in Ohio. It was at Transit Service Inc. where he was promoted to his first Supervisor position in 1997, having been assigned to the Columbiana County ESC as Transportation Coordinator. In February 2015, Mr. Vrabel began work at the Columbus City Schools.


In March 2015, Mr. Vrabel was appointed to fill the unexpired term of the First Vice President of OAPT, moving up to serve OAPT as its President for the 2015-2016 year.


Mr. Vrabel strives to live a “Service to Others” philosophy instilled in him by his parents, Nadene and the late Joseph Vrabel. With the support of his family and friends, he has demonstrated a commitment to his Community, his State, and His Nation in various ways. He was the State Commander of the nearly 30,000 member Sons of The American Legion Detachment of Ohio for the 2005-2006 membership year, and has served as Commander of Mahoning Valley Squadron 15 in Poland, Ohio since its inception in 1995, where he is a Charter Member. He is also Dynamic Ninth District Past-Commander. Mr. Vrabel works with various veterans’ organizations through Mahoning County and the State of Ohio. In 2011 he was named Citizen of the Year for service to Veterans and Americanism by the United Veterans Council of Greater Youngstown, Ohio. Since 2010, he has been the Chairman of the Annual Memorial Day Parade Procession and Memorial Ceremonies in Poland, Ohio.


He was a member of the Poland Community Baseball Association, Inc. for nearly 25-years, serving as Manager, Coach, Umpire, Publicity Director, member of the Board of Trustees, Umpire-in-Chief, and Assistant Tournament Director for various tournaments, including state tournaments. He is a member of the Tri-T Baseball/Softball League, where he served as Secretary, Vice-President, Umpire-in-Chief, and Publicity Director. Mr. Vrabel serves as a Field Director for PONY Baseball and Softball, Inc. located in Washington, Pennsylvania, and has umpired six World Series Tournaments for the organization. In 2014 he was assigned as plate umpire for the Pony League World Series Championship game between Hilo, Hawaii and Chinese Taipei, which was broadcast internationally on ESPN3.


He officiates NCAA football in the Presidents Athletic Conference and the Mountain East Conference as a member of the Tri-State Officials Association. He also officiates high school football and basketball for the Ohio High School Athletic Association, and umpires sandlot baseball and softball. He also volunteers with Mahoning County Special Olympics.


Mr. Vrabel was the secretary of The Bulldog Turf Club, a volunteer organization that raised nearly one-million dollars to install a synthetic playing surface and to make upgrades to Dave Pavlansky Field at Poland Seminary High School.


He is the Chairman of the State and National Associations Council of the National Association of State Directors of Pupil Transportation Services, and was a delegate to the 2015 National Congress on School Transportation.


Mr. Vrabel is the owner and founder of Zebra Transportation, a company that provides presentations to school transportation professionals, sports officials, youth sports organizations, and other groups.


Mr. Vrabel and his wife Mary and have three sons, Jeffrey, Kenneth, and Phillip.