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MOESC Board of Governors Passes Resolution in Memory of Robert H. Whitney

Mid-Ohio ESC Superintendent Kevin Kimmel, Board President Doug Theaker, and Ohio School Boards Association's Mark Bobo display the joint Board resolution in memory of Robert Whitney.

Mansfield, OH (February 14, 2024) – The Mid-Ohio Educational Service Center Board of Governors voted on Wednesday, February 14th to approve a joint resolution with the Ohio School Boards Association (OSBA) in memory of Robert H. Whitney. Three $500 scholarships will be awarded in his memory during the 2024 Franklin B. Walter program on Tuesday, March 12, 2024 at 6:00 p.m.

Robert H. (Bob) Whitney served in public education for sixty years as a board member for Lexington Local School District, including a forty-year stent as board president, where he guided the district through two major building programs.

“MOESC provides service and support to local public schools. It couldn't be more fitting, then, for MOESC to name its three scholarships in Bob's honor. I have never met anyone as committed to service and public education as Bob Whitney. He believed all students should be prepared for whatever comes next, which these scholarships represent, and he believed every student could learn. He held our school system to that standard and served and supported us for sixty years. There will never be another like Bob Whitney,” Jeremy Secrist, Lexington Local Superintendent.

The new Lexington High School houses the Robert H. Whitney Performing Arts Center, recognizing his unwavering support to the youth in the community as a leader in academics, athletics and the arts. “Not only was Bob a close and dear friend of mine but he was a friend of education, shown by dedicating his skills to Lexington Local for sixty years,” MOESC Board President Doug Theaker.

The Mid-Ohio Educational Service Center Board of Education, administrators and staff, along with the Lexington Local community, recognize the significant contributions of Bob Whitney over the course of his life and extend their sincerest condolences to his friends and family, especially his beloved wife, Carole Sue.

Mark Bobo, Director of Member Relations at OSBA said, "OSBA is grateful to honor the life and service of Robert Whitney, who served as a board member for sixty years. His dedication, love and commitment to his community is beyond words, and the impact of his life of service will be long-lasting.”

MOESC OSBA Joint Resolution

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.


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