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Doug Theaker (right) pictured with his wife Mary Jean and MOESC Superintendent Kimmel at the OSBA Capital Conference.

MANSFIELD – Douglas Theaker, board president for Mid-Ohio ESC, was presented with the Ohio School Boards Association 50-year Veteran Award at the association’s Capital Conference on Sunday, Nov. 12, 2023.

The 50-year Veteran Award is given to school board members in recognition of 50 years of service. Of more than 3,400 board members in Ohio, only three received this honor in 2023.

“I am most appreciative for this honor and being recognized for 50 years of service as a board member in public education,” Theaker said. “My education started in first grade in a one-room school in rural Madison Township.

“After two college degrees and 50 years of service, I’m proud to say I am still serving young people and hopefully bettering their education.”

Kevin Kimmel, MOESC supt., congratulated Theaker on the organization’s behalf.

“Doug has been an integral part of the success that we have had at Mid-Ohio and his commitment to the schools, staff and students in our service region has made a lasting positive impact,” Kimmel said.

“Doug’s influence stretches beyond the ESC as he also serves as a dedicated board president of the Pioneer Career & Technology Center and the Richland County Veteran Service Commission.”

Theaker has served on the Richland County Veteran Service Commission board since 1983.

“A U.S. Navy Veteran from the Korean War, Doug was elected into the Ohio Department of Veterans Services Hall of Fame in 2018,” Kimmel said. “Doug has lived a life of service starting with enlisting in the U.S. Navy at the age of 17.

“I would like to thank him for his ultimate service to our great country and his lifelong commitment to serving the youth in our community.”

Theaker has served on the board of Mid-Ohio ESC since 1997 and served on the Richland County Board of Education for 30 years before it grew into what is now MOESC.

“(MOESC) continues to grow by leaps and bounds because of the incredible services we provide,” Theaker said.

He also previously served on the Board of Education at Ontario Local Schools for 20 years, 11 of those years as board president.

“It makes me proud to know that I am now a small part of serving public education in North Central Ohio by serving as board president of both Mid-Ohio ESC and Pioneer Career and Technology Center,” Theaker noted.

Lorraine A. Earnest, MOESC Treasurer, also thanked Theaker for his service.

“I would like to congratulate Doug for his many years of outstanding boardmanship in this region,” Earnest said. “Specifically, his commitment and dedication to the work of Mid-Ohio ESC has been instrumental in this ESC being recognized as an educational leader in Ohio.

“Doug is very deserving of this award, and I am grateful to have served as his treasurer for the last 20 years,”

Mid-Ohio Educational Service Center

Mid-Ohio Educational Service Center provides specialized academic and support services to 13 school districts and over 20,000 students in Crawford, Morrow and Richland Counties.

Client districts receive services from curriculum, gifted and special education consultants, speech pathologists, psychologists, special education teachers, occupational therapists and physical therapists.