The Mid-Ohio Educational Service Center (MOESC) Board of Governors approved the hiring of Steve Earnest as Executive Director during their regular meeting May 22. Mr. Earnest will assume his duties beginning August 1.
Earnest received the Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Bowling Green State University and Master of Business Administration from Ashland University. He is a Licensed Ohio School Treasurer and has served in that capacity at Tri-Rivers Career Center since 2009.
“It is an honor to return to MOESC and serve as the Executive Director,” he said. “I’m happy to be working in an operational capacity and making decisions that ultimately save tax payers dollars and positively impact the districts that MOESC serves.”
Mr. Earnest served as the Director of Business Affairs and Interim Superintendent at MOESC from 2005 to 2009. He also has experience in for-profit business, working in corporate finance in the insurance and steel industries.
“My experiences in the public and private sectors provide a varied perspective that I believe will help MOESC evaluate its operations and provide unparalleled service to its clients districts,” Earnest said. “My objective to evaluate all of our operations and modify, or eliminate, those activities that detract from MOESC’s core business or do not add value to the districts that we serve.”
The Executive Director oversees all business operations at MOESC. Mr. Earnest will work closely with incoming Superintendent Kevin Kimmel to plan, coordinate and evaluate the organization’s human resource operations.
“We are excited to bring Steve back to MOESC to lead the business operations,” interim Superintendent Ed Swartz said. “His experiences will move our organization forward to meet and exceed the expectations of our client districts.”
Mid-Ohio Educational Service Center provides specialized academic and support services to 15 school districts and over 22,000 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.
F.I.R.S.T. School held their 2nd Annual Career Day in May of this year. The career day was held in conjunction with In-Demand Jobs Ohio week #InDemandOhio!.
During the first half of the day students were able to hear from various business professionals who spoke about their careers. They spoke about the responsibilities for each career along with the education required and all the other variables that led them down their path. This year's business professionals included; Dr. Christine McElfresh-Physical Therapy and Mobility Specialist, Samara Jenkins-Pastor, Dr. John Shuler-Veterinarian, Terri Stephens-Huntington Bank, Andrew Buck and Dr. Izzo-The Ohio State University EnVision IT program, Mary Anne of Mary Anne’s Meats, Jeff Van Dyne-Certified Medical Assistant, and a representative from the Marine Corp.
The second half of the day featured a key note address from Nashville singer/songwriter Tony Lucca. Tony spoke about his early days with the Mickey Mouse Club, which led to a brief acting career. He also discussed being on The Voice year 2 and coming in 3rd place, which secured a record deal with Adam Levine of Maroon 5. Music was always his true passion, and he is lucky to have music be his career now. Tony spoke about the different pivots in life where you are required to make a decision, to experience ultimate fulfillment in your job, and having the ability to express gratitude for highs and lows. Tony finished his address by singing 3 songs and having one of the students and their choir director join him on stage. Tony was excited to visit F.I.R.S.T, as you can see by this video clip from Good Day Columbus. Tony's son Liam also attended the event and performed along with his dad.
Thank you to everyone that participated and helped to make a difference with our students. It is amazing to see the impact the students also have on the guest.
These are videos of the performance at F.I.R.S.T
More than $33 million was awarded by the Ohio Department of Education to 46 school districts and consortiums of districts to improve the language and literacy development of our state’s children in the spring of 2018.
The grant builds on Ohio’s commitment to ensure all students have the reading skills needed to succeed in education and life. The Department recently worked with Ohio educators and educational leaders to develop Ohio’s Plan to Raise Literacy Achievement, as well as to update and refine Ohio’s English language arts learning standards. In addition, the Third Grade Reading Guarantee aims to ensure all students are reading at grade level by the end of third grade. Through this initiative, schools diagnose reading issues, create individualized Reading Improvement and Monitoring Plans, and provide intensive reading interventions.
Mid-Ohio ESC is honored to share this $1.2 million award with the following consortium schools who aligned with them for the grant. Those schools who will benefit from literacy achievement, professional development and professional learning networks include: Buckeye Central, Bucyrus City, Galion City, Highland Local, Plymouth-Shiloh Local, and Shelby City.
"This will impact 5,500 to 6,000 students," said Amanda Mahon, Director of Education for Mid-Ohio Educational Service Center. We are honored to welcome Tim Rasinski and Jerry Zutell to share essential strategies with staff from each of these districts.
In this workshop you will learn...
A Self-Organized Learning Environment, or SOLE, can exist anywhere there is a computer, internet connection, and students who are ready to learn. Within a SOLE, students are given the freedom to learn collaboratively using the internet. SOLE sessions are characterized by discovery, sharing, spontaneity and limited teacher intervention. Every SOLE session activates the learners’ creativity, requires critical thinking, and refines communication skills. You will get access to free tools to implement SOLE in your classroom and find out how to earn free CEU’s.
Bring an electronic device to access online resources.
4 contact hours will be awarded for full workshop participation.
Presenter: Tianna Keinath
Two dates to choose from:
August 8, 2019
August 14, 2019
Time: 8:00am - 12:00 pm
Client Districts: No Cost
Non-Client Districts: $10.00
OTES/ Ohio Teacher Evaluation System Training
TRAINERS: Tammy Webb, ODE Certified OTES Trainer & Gena Williams, ODE Certified OTES Trainer
LOCATION: Mid-Ohio ESC, 890 West Fourth Street, Mansfield
OPES/ Ohio Principal Evaluation System Training
DATES: Monday, June 17; Tuesday, June 18, 2019 (Two days with lunch on your own)
TIME: 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
DETAILS: The Ohio Principal Evaluation System workshop is a specifically-designed professional learning opportunity for teams of superintendents and their principals, which includes reviewing the OPES model, Formative and Summative Assessment, Rubrics, Goal Setting, and the Coaching Progress.
TRAINER: Jim Metcalf, Plymouth-Shiloh Superintendent
LOCATION: Mid-Ohio ESC, 890 West Fourth Street, Mansfield
June 19-20, 2019
The Ohio Resident Educator Program Certification Training
The Ohio Resident Educator Program provides new teachers with opportunities to reflect on how their instruction and assessment practices impact student learning. This system of support includes working with a state-certified mentor.
MUST attend both days for certification.
This one day training introduces participants to mentoring in Ohio’s Resident Educator Program, with particular emphasis on the Mentor/Resident Educator relationship.
This one day training introduces participants to first year curricular responsibilities of instructional mentors and Resident Educators in Ohio’s Resident Educator Program.
Instructor: Gena Williams
Time: 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Cost: $85.00 per day/$170.00 total
Participants need to register through ODE STARS
Any administrator who will be evaluating school counselors MUST attend a one-day OSCES training session.
School Counselors are encouraged to attend.
Presenter: Amanda Mahon
Two dates to choose from:
Wednesday, June 19, 2019
Tuesday, August 6, 2019
8:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Cost: $100.00 with lunch included
Credited contact hours can be used toward Ashland University credit.