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Clear Fork Schools Join MOESC

11 Jan , 2023  

Special to 1812Blockhouse

 Mid-Ohio Educational Service Center has welcomed the Clear Fork Valley School District as a client district. Clear Fork Valley Schools Board of Education approved the move to Mid-Ohio Educational Service Center at their December 15, 2022, regular Board meeting.

The Mid-Ohio ESC Board of Governors voted unanimously to accept their petition of membership at their regular meeting on December 21, 2022. Clear Fork Valley Schools membership will commence on July 1, 2023.

MOESC Superintendent Kevin Kimmel said, “On behalf of the Mid-Ohio ESC Board of Governors and Directors, we would like to welcome Clear Fork Valley School District and we look forward to supporting their students and staff. Mid-Ohio ESC had previously served Clear Fork as a client district, and we welcome the opportunity to grow our partnership and to support the positive direction of the district.”

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MOESC Announces New Speech Language Pathology Program

7 Dec , 2022  

The demand for speech-language pathologists (SLPs) is rising, with projected job growth at 21% through 2024, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Yet a shortage of SLPs has put the squeeze on schools and healthcare organizations. In order to mitigate this problem in the local area, Mid-Ohio Educational Service Center is looking for qualified graduate students for the Speech Language Pathology Development Program.

The program is an initiative to identify, recruit, and retain qualified candidates for Speech Language Pathology certification, including a commitment to working for MOESC in the Mid-Ohio area for five (5) years beyond graduation. MOESC will support accepted individuals through graduation from the CAA Speech-Language Pathology Graduate program by:

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MOESC Holding College Credit Plus And Financial Aid Info Night

7 Nov , 2022  

Special to 1812Blockhouse

Mid-Ohio Educational Service Center is hosting its annual College Credit Plus (CCP) Information Night on November 17th from 6 to 7 p.m. at Mid-Ohio ESC, 890 W. 4th Street, Mansfield.

This event is open to all families of students in grades 6-11 for the 2023-2024 school year. Parents and students will learn how the student may take college classes next school year at no cost. 

Families will learn more about the College Credit Plus (CCP) program from area colleges and universities. Additionally, students will learn about the Accuplacer assessment that will be required for placement into college classes. 

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MOESC Opens Esports Game Lab

5 Oct , 2022  

Special to 1812Blockhouse from MOESC

In February, the Mid-Ohio ESC Board of Governors discussed uses for Governors Emergency Education Relief (GEER) funding in order to provide extended learning opportunities to Mid-Ohio ESC client districts. The creation of an esports program at MOESC came from that discussion. Esports, or Electronic Sports (Gaming), is growing in popularity in Ohio and around the world. Mid-Ohio ESC conducted a survey with districts in the area to assess the interest level in bringing esports to Mid-Ohio. Similar to the popular Academic Challenge events that are hosted by Mid-Ohio ESC, the ESC can now serve as a gaming site for practices and tournaments.

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MOESC Now Hiring Substitutes for 2022/2023 School Year

17 Aug , 2022  

Special to 1812Blockhouse

As the start of the school year approaches, the need for substitute teachers is great. Mid-Ohio Educational Service Center is looking for substitute teachers to work in a number of area school districts. 

Steve Earnest, Mid-Ohio ESC Executive Director, said substitute teachers play a vital role in the education of our children. “When a substitute teacher can’t be found, schools will often ask full-time teachers to give up their planning hour in order to fill in. This has a negative effect on the teacher’s ability to plan their class effectively, ultimately affecting students as well. Substitute teachers step in and lighten that load while ensuring that each student receives quality instruction while their formal teacher is away.”

HB 583 allows districts the flexibility to use substitute teachers with either an associate degree or high school diploma.

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All About Richland

SPARC Awarded ODE Grant For Career Development

1 Jun , 2022  

Special to 1812Blockhouse

The Ohio Department of Education has awarded $89 million in Summer Learning and Afterschool Opportunities Grants to 161 community-based partners. The Department received more than 700 applications from across the state.

Locally. $1.9 million was awarded in a two-year grant to SPARC, who will implement the READY FOR HIRE program, starting this summer, with fiscal oversight from Mid-Ohio Educational Service Center.

READY FOR HIRE will empower and enhance resilient, inquisitive learners with keen interests in their intended career field through work-based learning experiences. The purpose of the program is to impact students who have experienced disruptions to learning exacerbated by the pandemic through focused career readiness and social emotional learning programming that will increase career/college readiness so that students will be prepared for success after high school. Educational partners from Richland, Crawford and Morrow Counties will take part.

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MOESC Awarded Adolescent Literacy Specialist Grant

22 Apr , 2022  

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The Mid-Ohio Educational Service Center Board of Governors met on Wednesday, April 20 for their monthly meeting and voted to accept a grant from the Ohio Department of Education (ODE). The $277,775 competitive grant from ODE is to hire, house, and collaborate with the newly-created state position of Regional Adolescent Literacy Specialist. 

Only four of these major grants were awarded to ESCs in Ohio with Mid-Ohio being one to serve a quarter of the state cross-regionally.This award brings an exciting addition to Mid-Ohio’s reach in the state. The new state role will serve as the conduit from ODE to Mid-Ohio’s state quadrant, including Mid-Ohio’s client and member districts. 

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MOESC Hosting Artapolooza Fine Arts Festival

8 Mar , 2022  

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Mid-Ohio Educational Service Center is hosting its annual Artapolooza fine arts festival. This year it will take place on April 2 through the 6 and will be held at the Mid-Ohio Conference Center at 890 W. Fourth Street in Mansfield.

“This event is one of the biggest that we host at Mid-Ohio.” stated Jennifer Pennell, Mid-Ohio ESC Gifted Education Consultant and coordinator of the event. “We plan to display over 500 student-made works!” The gallery will be open on Saturday, April 2nd from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., and Sunday, April 3rd, from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. The gallery will also be open during the week on Monday, April 4th  through Wednesday, April 6th from 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

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MOESC Looks To Expand Services, Bring In Esports

21 Feb , 2022  

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The Mid-Ohio ESC Board of Governors held their February regular meeting on Wednesday, February 16. Superintendent Kevin D. Kimmel provided the Mid-Ohio Board of Governors a plan to expand and enhance services by utilizing grant funds from the Governors Emergency Education Relief (GEER) Fund in order to provide extended learning opportunities to Mid-Ohio ESC client districts.

Mid-Ohio ESC was recently awarded over $1 million in funding that will support the creation of new positions and programming. One of these areas deals with the new dyslexia professional development and screening requirements for school districts. In response to these new requirements, Mid-Ohio ESC will be hiring a literacy and dyslexia specialist to serve as an educational consultant on the Teaching & Learning team.

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MOESC Grows Again

24 May , 2021  

Special to 1812Blockhouse

The Mid-Ohio Educational Service Center in Mansfield has welcomed the Mt. Gilead School District as a member district.

The Mid-Ohio ESC Board of Governors voted unanimously to accept their petition of membership at their regular meeting on May 19th. Mt. Gilead’s membership will commence on July 1, 2021.

Board President Dick Prater said, “On behalf of the Mid-Ohio ESC Board of Governors, I can say that we are thrilled to partner with Mt. Gilead Schools and welcome them to the Mid-Ohio family. We look forward to providing our comprehensive educational services for staff and students that will meet or exceed their expectations. We also hope they will share their best practices and success stories to make our network of districts even stronger as we move closer to the post-COVID era.” More…