OLSD nominees win OSBA awards


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Bowser receives Exemplary Employee honors for district service

COLUMBUS — Katie Bowser, Secretary to the Treasurer for Olentangy Local Schools (Delaware) recently received the Exemplary School Employee Award from the Ohio School Boards Association (OSBA) Central Region.

Nominated by the Olentangy Local Schools, Bowser was honored during the Ohio School Boards Association Central Region Fall Conference in Columbus on September 27. The region presents the Exemplary School Employee award to an employee deemed critical to the success of the district and one who also demonstrates superior service.

In nominating Bowser, the Olentangy Board of Education wrote, in part: “Katie’s tenure in her position has proven invaluable. Katie’s institutional knowledge has played a vital role in training and supporting new staff and team members across the district. Her work ethic motivates her to perform her duties at a high level of efficiency, accuracy and skill.”

Statewide group honors resident for support of local schools

Emily Robinson of Lewis Center recently received the Friend of Education Award from the OSBA Central Region.

Nominated for the award by the Olentangy Local Schools (Delaware), Robinson was honored during the Ohio School Boards Association Central Region Fall Conference in Columbus on September 27. The region presents the Friend of Public Education Award to community members with a significant record of supporting public education.

In nominating Robinson, the Olentangy Local Board of Education wrote, in part: “Emily Robinson demonstrates her positive support and talents to the Olentangy school district daily. Emily graduated from Olentangy High School and returned to the community a few years ago. She has been a leader among PTO volunteers in developing best practices for regular and thorough communication with families, served as a steering committee member of Olentangy For Kids, and serves a critical role as a board member on our Olentangy Education Foundation.”

Ohio School Boards Association Central Region hosts fall conference

More than 250 school board members, administrators, staff, students and guests from across central Ohio gathered in Columbus on Sept. 27 for the OSBA Central Region Fall Conference. The region hosts two conferences a year, one in the spring and one in the fall.

The conference featured updates from OSBA officers and staff and a number of awards and recognitions. The region recognized its 2017 Ohio Teacher of the Year nominees and presented the Friends of Public Education and Champion of Public Education awards. Also honored were outstanding school board members, exemplary school employees and school board members marking service milestones of 30, 35 and 40 years.

Attendees also enjoyed a performance by the Franklin Heights High School instrumental musical trio After Dark. The high school is in the South-Western City School District.

Fourteen counties comprise the OSBA Central Region: Crawford, Delaware, Fairfield, Fayette, Franklin, Knox, Licking, Madison, Marion, Morrow, Pickaway, Richland, Ross and Union. The other OSBA regions are Northeast, Northwest, Southeast and Southwest.

Westerville North students to perform

COLUMBUS — A Westerville City Schools musical group will perform at the Ohio School Boards Association (OSBA) 2017 Student Achievement Fair in Columbus.

The Westerville North High School Percussion Ensemble is just one of five groups selected to perform at the fair — a highlight of OSBA’s 62nd annual Capital Conference and Trade Show, which runs Nov. 12-14 at the Greater Columbus Convention Center.

Representing OSBA’s Central Region, the percussion ensemble, directed by Jordi Vilanova, will perform Nov. 14 from 1:20 p.m. to 1:40 p.m. in the convention center’s Hall B.

The Student Achievement Fair features 100 original projects and programs created by Ohio public schools.

More than 9,000 public education stakeholders are expected to attend the Capital Conference.

In addition, more than 550 exhibitors will display their goods and services at the Trade Show, the nation’s largest education trade exhibition.

In its 62nd year, the Ohio School Boards Association leads the way to educational excellence by serving Ohio’s public school board members and the diverse districts they represent through superior service, unwavering advocacy and creative solutions.

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Information for this story was provided by Kim Miller-Smith of the Ohio School Boards Association.

Information for this story was provided by Kim Miller-Smith of the Ohio School Boards Association.