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MOESC Recognizes Board Members for School Board Recognition Month

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Doug Theaker (left) and Dick Prater (right) are sworn in as Vice President and President, respectively.
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Board members enjoyed cake as a little token of gratitude from MOESC.

The Ohio School Boards Association celebrates School Board Recognition Month every January to build awareness and understanding of the vital function an elected board of education plays in our society. School Board Recognition Month honors the members of all Ohio’s city, exempted village, local and joint vocational boards of education and educational service centers governing boards for their commitment to providing quality public education to Ohio’s school children. Mid-Ohio Educational Service Center (MOESC) is joining with districts throughout the state to recognize the important contributions school board members make to their communities.

The men and women comprising MOESC’s Board of Governors (including their tenure) are: 

  • Mary Dixon - 11 years
  • Doug Theaker - 27 years
  • Richard “Dick” Prater - 5 years
  • Margaret “Margie” Prater - 5 years
  • Glenna Plotts - 5 years
  • Brad Geissman - 5 years
  • Kyle Swigart - 5 years

Mid-Ohio ESC Superintendent Kevin D. Kimmel presented everyone with a certificate of commendation on behalf of the Ohio School Boards Association at the monthly meeting Wednesday, January 13th. The Board enjoyed cake as a small token of appreciation for their dedication and service to the Mid-Ohio region.

Board members determined that meetings will continue to be the 3rd Wednesday of each month starting at 12:00 p.m. They also voted on their 2021 officers. Dick Prater was elected president and Doug Theaker, vice-president.

“We are very lucky to have a dedicated Board of Governors that works closely with education professionals and community members to create an educational vision for our client districts and their students,” Kimmel said. “On behalf of the students and staff of our client districts and our community, I would like to personally thank the board members for their efforts in providing leadership for our educational service center.” For more information regarding School Board Recognition month, visit www.ohioschoolboards.org/.

In other business, with the recent passage of HB 409, the Board of Governors approved a resolution to modify the educational requirements to employ a substitute teacher, as long as all other requirements and procedures of statutory law and administrative rules are satisfied, which would include a background check and application to ODE for a substitute license. Mid-Ohio ESC has decided that an individual must still possess an associate degree or higher from an accredited institution of higher education or complete at least two years of coursework at an accredited institution of higher education (defined as 48 semester hours or 72 quarter hours).

This temporary flexibility will only be in place for the remainder of the 2020-2021 school year. Anyone interested in applying to become a substitute teacher should contact Leigh Gribble at Mid-Ohio ESC at 419-774-5520.

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