MOESC cabinet members

Dick Prater was elected president and Doug Theaker, vice-president of the MOESC board.

MANSFIELD – 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 Ohio’s 611 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 - 10 years

● Doug Theaker - 26 years

● Richard “Dick” Prater - 4 years

● Margaret “Margie” Prater - 4 years

● Glenna Plotts - 4 years

● Brad Geissman - 4 years

● Kyle Swigart - 4 years

Everyone received a certificate of commendation on behalf of the Ohio School Boards Association at the monthly meeting Wednesday, January 15th. The Board enjoyed cake as a small token of appreciation for their dedication and service to the Mid-Ohio region. Board members also voted on their 2020 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,”  Superintendent Kevin D. 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.”

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Mid-Ohio Educational Service Center provides specialized academic and support services to 10 school districts and over 17,000 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.

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