CORAS Holds Two Regional Meetings in September
A total of over 60 superintendents attended a regional meeting in Zanesville on September 22 and in New Boston on September 29.
Superintendents at both meetings worked in small groups to identify how to strengthen their advocacy approaches and how to have the voices of Southeastern Ohio be heard not only in Columbus but also at the local and regional level. Members approved Legislative priorities for the 2023-24 school year and were given copies of the Legislative Committee Meetings as well as the Legislative Subcommittee Meetings. Anyone wanting to be added to any committee should contact Malania Birney at firstname.lastname@example.org In addition, superintendents were reminded to nominate an Outstanding High School Teacher to be recognized on February 21, 2024 at the Zanesville campus of Ohio University. All nominations must be submitted by December 15, 2023.
In Zanesville, members looked at Superintendent standards with Fort Frye Superintendent Stephanie Starcher and identified best practices. They also received a legal update from Nicole Donovsky from Bricker Graydon.
In New Boston, Superintendent Jodi Armstrong from Green Local Schools introduced State Representative Justin Pizzulli representing the 90th District.
Chesapeake Local student Drew Plantz introduced Representative Dani Issaacsohn from the 24th District.
Representative Issaacsohn spoke on the need for increased funding for public schools, especially economically disadvantaged schools and students. He noted that over a billion dollars went to subsidize private education in the most recent budget.
Superintendent Doug Hale introduced Mr. Jason Stephens, Speaker of the Ohio House of Representatives.
Speaker Stephens spoke about the legislative accomplishments of the past session and the importance of the Fair School Funding Plan.