Ohio ESC Association Awards Presented to Educational and Community Leaders at Award and Recognition Program  

Columbus, Ohio – On Monday, November 13, 2023, the Ohio Educational Service Center Association (OESCA) recognized 23 educational and community leaders from across the state for their commitment and dedication to their local communities, educational service centers and Ohio’s K-12 education system.  

The awards were presented at the 37th Annual Ohio ESC Association Awards and Recognition Program, which is held in conjunction with the Ohio School Board Association’s annual Capital Conference. The recognition program was developed in 1985 to recognize outstanding educational service center (ESC) and school district board members and community leaders. Over the past 37 years, OESCA has recognized more than 1,280 board members, educators and community leaders.  

This year’s award recipients include ESC and district board members, state agencies, ESC staff, State Representative Jay Edwards and other community leaders. Locally, Richard Hall and Homer Weekley were honored for having been instrumental in creating a driver’s education program that serves districts throughout Ohio. Their work has brought driver’s education back into schools, resulting in a top quality program that ensures students get the best training possible. Their work in the field of driver’s education has focused on workforce development and the direct connection between a driver’s license and a career. The partnerships created  provided a platform for collaborative teamwork among Ohio ESCs and school districts. Dr. Hall is a former teacher, coach, principal and superintendent and now serves as Executive Director of Operations and Special projects for the Ohio Valley Educational Service Center. Mr. Weekley is a former teacher, coach, athletic director and principal who now serves as Driver’s Education Supervisor for the Muskingum Valley ESC.

 “This program demonstrates how Ohio’s 51 Educational Service Centers bring together exemplary leaders, community resources, business, industry and government to better serve Ohio school districts and students,” stated OESCA Executive Director Craig Burford. “The awards are a way ESCs recognize and thank those they work with who have provided outstanding service to the education community.”