Muskingum Valley Educational Service Center Provides New Mental Wellness Resource for Parents

As the pandemic’s unseen costs begin to unfold on the mental health front, some wonder how school children will be impacted. Despite the massive challenge we face, there are growing resources to help families who are struggling.

Muskingum Valley Educational Service Center (MVESC) is partnering with The Cook Center for Human Connection to host a free virtual Family Mental Health night on February 8, 2023, from 8:00-9:00 PM. Participants will hear from a leading clinical psychologist, be able to ask questions, and learn about free resources available. Register now by going to https://cookcenter.info/Feb8 .

If you miss this event or can’t make it live, check out https://ParentGuidance.org where you can access on-demand virtual courses, professional support, and a safe community for parents to learn how to support their children and get answers to mental health questions.  There are courses on anxiety, depression, self-worth, grief and loss, suicidal ideation, and other mental health concerns. All courses are created by therapists, psychiatrists, psychologists, and other certified mental health practitioners. There is even a portal where you can “Ask a Therapist” your tough questions, as well as see questions and answers from other parents.

The Cook Center for Human Connection has made these resources available to help increase hope in a time of continuing uncertainty and growing mental health concern. There are good people in your community working to provide solutions and help for those who are struggling. If you or anyone you know is in a mental health emergency, reach out immediately to the suicide prevention lifeline here: 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or text HOME to 741741.

MVESC Records Commission Meeting, February Governing Board Meeting

The Muskingum Valley ESC Records Commission Meeting will be held at 6:45 p.m., Monday, February 13, 2023.  The meeting will be held at the MVESC office, 205 N. Seventh Street, Zanesville. The Board’s regular February meeting will begin immediately following.

Contact Lori Snyder-Lower, Superintendent, at 740-452-4518 for more information.

Muskingum Valley Business Advisory Council Earns 3-Star Designation for Excellence

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Interim Superintendent of Public Instruction Stephanie Siddens and Ohio Lt. Governor Jon Husted announced Ohio’s 2023 Business-Education Leader Awards for Excellent Business Advisory Councils. The 26 Business Advisory Councils being honored demonstrate excellence developing professional skills for the future, building partnerships and coordinating experiences, which contribute to preparing students for success.

The awards recognize educators, business partners, staff, schools, businesses, educational service centers, joint vocational school districts and communities who come together to create dynamic, career-focused learning environments for students.

“We are thrilled to again be recognized as a three-star Business Advisory Council, and one of only 19 statewide to earn a four or three-star designation,” said Lori Snyder-Lowe, Superintendent, Muskingum Valley Educational Service Center (MVESC). “The Business Advisory Council is a cornerstone of our workforce development initiatives,” she said. “Connecting business leaders and educators is critical to ensure students are ready to enter the world of work after graduating from high school,” Snyder-Lowe added.

“Every career is rooted in foundational skills and experiences,” Lt. Governor Husted said. “Business and education partnerships add to each of these so students are ready for in-demand opportunities both now and in the future. These Business Advisory Councils continue to be great examples of how local partnerships benefit our school communities and Ohio’s workforce.”

“When students graduate, we want to make sure they carry with them a portfolio of knowledge, skills and real-world learning,” Interim Superintendent Siddens said. “Business Advisory Councils continue to add meaningful, dynamic and collaborative connections for students throughout the preK-12 experience that will benefit them now and in their future careers.”

Ohio is proud to be home to more than 120 Business Advisory Councils that engage with schools and collaborate about business and workforce needs, as well as educational programming that responds to those needs. To highlight the work of these councils, the Ohio Department of Education, in partnership with the Ohio Business Roundtable, Ohio Chamber of Commerce, Ohio Chapter of the National Federation of Independent Business, Ohio Farm Bureau, Ohio Manufacturers’ Association, Ohio Excels, Ohio Restaurant Association and Ohio Council of Retail Merchants, developed Ohio’s Business-Education Leader Awards for Excellent Business Advisory Councils.

Penrod to Lead Muskingum Valley ESC Governing Board in 2023

ZANESVILLE, Ohio – Ed Penrod from Hocking County will serve as President of the Muskingum Valley ESC Governing Board for 2023. Penrod was selected January 9, during the Muskingum Valley ESC Governing Board’s Organizational Meeting. Brian Hill from Muskingum County will serve as the board’s vice president.

The Muskingum Valley ESC’s Governing Board consists of seven members from Coshocton, Hocking, Morgan, Muskingum and Perry counties. Other governing board members include Robert Doughty from Coshocton County; Sharon Slowter from Morgan County; Dr. Barb Hansen and Larry Good from Muskingum County; and Michael Smith from Perry County.

2023 MVESC Governing Board President Ed Penrod (right) presents a gavel to immediate past president Michael Smith for his service to the board and organization in 2022. Penrod was selected President during the Muskingum Valley ESC Governing Board organizational meeting on January 9, 2023.

Muskingum Valley ESC Governing Board Organizational & January Meeting

The Muskingum Valley ESC Governing Board will hold its organizational meeting at 6 p.m., January 9, 2023. The meeting will be held at the MVESC office, 205 N. Seventh Street, Zanesville. The Board’s regular January meeting will begin immediately following the organizational meeting.

Contact Lori Snyder-Lower, Superintendent, at 740-452-4518 for more information.

Businesses, Educators Meet to Discuss Workforce Needs and Opportunities

ZANESVILLE, Ohio – Representatives from business, industry and education attended Tuesday, November 22, the Muskingum Valley Educational Service Center Business Advisory Council (MVBAC) meeting hosted by I.B.E.W. Local 1105. The MVBAC is comprised of more than 140 members from seven counties and links business and educators to strengthen the pipeline of talent graduating from school districts in Coshocton, Hocking, Morgan, Muskingum, Noble, Perry and Tuscarawas counties.

During the meeting, Ashley Labaki from I.B.E.W. Local 1105 shared information she gained during a recent visit to Intel in Texas. Labaki’s insight is important as the region prepares to become home to an Intel chip manufacturing facility that will employ 7,000 people during construction, and more than 3,000 permanent workers when the facility comes online in 2025.

Also, during the meeting, Marietta-based Building Bridges to Careers (BB2C) discussed and highlighted partnerships with Mid-East Career & Technology Centers focusing on the real-world problem scenario. Additionally, Julie Mettler from the Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services explained ApprenticeOhio, and the 16 career clusters in which apprenticeships can and will be developed.

“Our goal is to ensure participating districts understand the resources and programs that are available to them in order to prepare their students to meet the workforce needs of area employers,” said Justin Denius, Director, Workforce Development, MVESC. “The Business Advisory Council also allows employers to talk directly to educators making sure learning opportunities are aligned with skills necessary for success in the world of work,” he added.

Denius noted the successful launch of the MOV ESC Driving School in 14 school districts in eastern and southern Ohio is one program that helps eliminate the first barrier to workforce development. Additionally, MVESC is actively pursuing new workforce initiatives including development of a Teacher Academy, plus Medical Career Pathways for area students.

Businesses interested in joining or learning more about the MVBAC are encouraged to contact Justin Denius by calling 740-452-4518 or emailing justin.denius@mvesc.org.

MVESC December Governing Board Meeting

The Muskingum Valley Educational Service Center Governing Board will hold its regular December board meeting, Monday, Dec. 5, 2022, at 7:00 PM at its offices located at 205 N. Seventh Street, Zanesville. The meeting is open to the public.

 Please contact Superintendent Lori Snyder-Lowe at 740-452-4518 or lori.lowe@mvesc.org with any questions.

Legislator, Educator Recognized by the Ohio Educational Service Center Association

State Representative Don Jones and long-time educator Dr. Jim Mahoney recently were recognized during the 36th Annual Ohio ESC Association Awards event in Columbus, Nov. 14. The Muskingum Valley ESC (MVESC) nominated both award winners.

Representative Jones garnered the Legislative Leadership Award. It honors legislators and legislative support staff who have provided outstanding public service and legislative support for Educational Service Centers and public education in the state of Ohio. The MVESC’s nomination stated, “State Representative Don Jones has been instrumental in assisting the ESC with its newest program initiative. His efforts to decrease barriers and enhance the working relationship between state agencies and ESC’s have been a huge asset. Representative Jones truly has an outstanding work ethic and as a former teacher, has a compassionate understanding of our work to help every child succeed.”

Dr. Jim Mahoney earned the Lifetime Achievement Award. To be considered for the award, nominees must be or have been ESC superintendents, treasurers, board members, state/national legislators, local/state educators, and professional staff with a minimum of twelve years of demonstrated service to educational service centers and public education. His nomination highlights his many years as an educator and his continued work as a public speaker and author. “Dr. Jim Mahoney’s contributions to public education in Ohio are too numerous to count. As a former teacher, principal, school district superintendent and Muskingum Valley ESC superintendent, he has inspired many educators and students throughout his life to follow their dreams and truly make a difference in the world. Dr. Mahoney continues to motivate, encourage and inspire today through his book and his speaking engagements. This amazing, passionate and committed educator advocates for all children in Ohio to have outstanding opportunities for success.”

MVESC Board members and staff pictured with OESCA award recipients State Representative Don Jones and Dr. Jim Mahoney. Pictured (L-R): MVESC Board President Michael Smith, MVESC Treasurer Danielle Devoll, MVESC Director of Operations Adam Copeland, MVESC Board Vice President Ed Penrod, State Representative Don Jones, Dr. Jim Mahoney, MVESC Superintendent Lori Snyder-Lowe, and MVESC Board member Larry Good.

Districts in Eastern, Southern Ohio Benefit from Threat Assessment Guidelines Training

ZANESVILLE, Ohio – The Muskingum Valley Educational Service Center (MVESC) is providing free Comprehensive School Threat Assessment Guidelines (CSTAG) training to school districts in Eastern and Southern Ohio. The training sessions began in September and have been held throughout the region with more than 230 school personnel from about 20 districts completing the training so far. Additional training sessions are scheduled in late November.

This training meets all requirements for House Bill 123 signed this year by Governor Mike DeWine to help schools identify threat and provide guidance on how to effectively address threat in schools. The evidence-based training, created by Dr. Dewey Cornell, is interactive and is designed for school-based multidisplinary teams.

 

Local Educator Receives Advocate of Education Hall of Fame Award

ZANESVILLE, Ohio – Diane L. Jones of Zanesville was recently presented the 2022 Advocate of Education Hall of Fame Award in the Southeast Region of the Ohio School Boards Association. The award is the highest level of recognition in the Southeast Region. The region executive committee selects an individual, business or corporation that has roots in the Southeast Region and has gone above and beyond in advocating for children and public education in the region and across the state. Jones received the award in Nelsonville at the Ohio School Boards Association Southeast Region Fall Conference.

Jones began her classroom teaching career at West Muskingum Local School and served in various administrative roles at Franklin Local Schools, Zanesville City Schools and Muskingum Valley ESC. Upon her retirement, she continues to serve as an education consultant with the Muskingum Valley ESC. In partnership with Dr. Barbara A. Hansen, she developed the Appalachian P-20 Council, a collaborative of business, industry, education, government and philanthropy committed to improving the lives of students who live in the Southeast Region.

Jones earned her bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Ohio University. She received her master’s degree in Early and Middle Childhood Education, an administrative certification from Ohio State University and assistant superintendent’s certification from Ashland University.

Diane L. Jones of Zanesville recently received the 2022 Advocate of Education Hall of Fame Award in the Southeast Region of the Ohio School Boards Association. Pictured from left are Danielle Devoll, MVESC Treasurer; Dr. Barbara Hansen, MVESC Board Member; Adam Copeland, MVESC Director of Operations; Diane L. Jones; Michael Smith, MVESC Board President; Ed Penrod, MVESC Board Vice President; and Larry Good, MVESC Board Member.

MVESC November Governing Board Meeting

The Muskingum Valley Educational Service Center Governing Board will hold its regular November board meeting, Monday, Nov. 7, 2022, at 7:00 PM at its offices located at 205 N. Seventh Street, Zanesville. The meeting is open to the public.

 Please contact Superintendent Lori Snyder-Lowe at 740-452-4518 or lori.lowe@mvesc.org with any questions.

MVESC Governing Board October Meeting

The Muskingum Valley Educational Service Center Governing Board will hold its regular October board meeting, Monday, Oct. 10, 2022, at 7:00 PM in the New Lexington Middle School Library at 2549 Panther Dr. NE, New Lexington. The meeting is open to the public.

 Please contact Superintendent Lori Snyder- Lowe at 740-452-4518 or lori.lowe@mvesc.org with any questions.

Morgan Local Schools Recognized for Excellence, Parntership

ZANESVILLE, Ohio — The Muskingum Valley Educational Service Center (MVESC) recently celebrated its 25-year anniversary. The event was attended by former and current board members, superintendents, and administrators and board members from member districts. The program included comments from Michael Smith, MVESC Board President, Craig Burford, Executive Director, Ohio Educational Service Center Association, and former MVESC superintendents Dr. Jim Mahoney, Dr. Richard Murray and David Branch.

As part of the celebration, 12 MVESC member districts were honored recognizing their 25 years of service to students in the Muskingum Valley Region, including Morgan Local Schools. Other districts honored for their 25-year partnership included Coshocton City Schools, Crooksville, East Muskingum, Franklin, Logan-Hocking Schools, Maysville, New Lexington, Northern, Ridgewood, River View, and West Muskingum.

“We are thrilled to recognize our partner districts for their 25 years of commitment to educational excellence and community enrichment! MVESC is proud to be a part of such outstanding school districts with amazing and committed staff, students and board members,” said MVESC Superintendent Lori Snyder-Lowe.

Other districts now aligned with the MVESC include Caldwell, Coshocton County Career Center, Mid-East Career & Technology Centers, and Newcomerstown. Additionally, MVESC provides services to other districts in Ohio and in other states.

MVESC Board President Michael Smith presents a plaque of recognition to Morgan Local Schools Superintendent Dr. Kristi Barker. The district was recognized for its 25 years of service to students in the Muskingum Valley Region.

East Muskingum Treasurer Search Application Deadline Extended

ZANESVILLE, Ohio — The East Muskingum Local School District’s Board of Education, located in Muskingum County, Ohio, is seeking a highly qualified, dynamic and experienced individual to serve as treasurer. This person will lead the fiscal office and oversee the financial stability of the district.

The board is working with Muskingum Valley Educational Service Center to conduct the search process. More information may be found at https://www.mvesc.org/careers/0822-2/

The deadline to submit the completed application packet has been extended through Monday, September 30, 2022. It can be emailed to lori.lowe@mvesc.org or mailed to Lori Snyder-Lowe, MVESC, 205 N. Seventh Street, Zanesville, OH 43701.

MVESC Recognizes Logan-Hocking Schools for 25 Years of Academic Excellence, Partnership

ZANESVILLE, Ohio — The Muskingum Valley Educational Service Center (MVESC) recently celebrated its 25 year anniversary. The event was attended by former and current board members, superintendents, and administrators and board members from member districts. The program included comments from Michael Smith, MVESC Board President, Craig Burford, Executive Director, Ohio Educational Service Center Association, and former MVESC superintendents Dr. Jim Mahoney, Dr. Richard Murray and David Branch.

As part of the celebration, 12 MVESC member districts were honored recognizing their 25 years of service to students in the Muskingum Valley Region, including Logan-Hocking Schools. Other districts honored for their 25-year partnership included Coshocton City Schools, Crooksville, East Muskingum, Franklin, Maysville, Morgan, New Lexington, Northern, Ridgewood, River View, and West Muskingum.

“We are thrilled to recognize our partner districts for their 25 years of commitment to educational excellence and community enrichment!  MVESC is proud to be a part of such outstanding school districts with amazing and committed staff, students and board members,” said MVESC Superintendent Lori Snyder-Lowe.

Other districts now aligned with the MVESC include Caldwell, Coshocton County Career Center, Mid-East Career & Technology Centers, and Newcomerstown. Additionally, MVESC provides services to other districts in Ohio and in other states.

MVESC Board President Michael Smith presents a plaque of recognition to Logan-Hocking Board of Education President Lance Bell. Also pictured are MVESC Board Vice President Ed Penrod and Logan-Hocking Board of Education Vice President Amy Black.

MVESC Offers Free Comprehensive School Threat Assessment Guidelines Training

ZANESVILLE, Ohio — The MVESC is offering FREE “Comprehensive School Threat Assessment Guidelines” training (CSTAG). This Training meets all requirements for House Bill 123 signed this year by Governor Mike DeWine to help schools identify threat and provide guidance on how to effectively address threat in schools. We are excited to offer you and your staff this training and to work together on issues related to threat and violence in schools. Trainings are currently scheduled for the following dates:

  • September 6th at the Muskingum Valley ESC located in Zanesville, Ohio
  • September 13th at the Perry County Regional office of the MVESC located in New Lexington, Ohio
  • September 15th at the Warren Local located in Vincent, Ohio
  • October 7th at Newcomerstown Middle School located in Newcomerstown, Ohio
  • October 16th at River View High School located in Warsaw, Ohio
  • October 25th at St. Clairsville ESC located in St. Clairsville, Ohio

For more information or to register click the link or contact Megan Moore at megan.moore@mvesc.org.

MVESC Recognizes Perry County Districts for 25 Years of Academic Excellence, Partnership

ZANESVILLE, Ohio — The Muskingum Valley Educational Service Center (MVESC) recently celebrated its 25 year anniversary. The event was attended by former and current board members, superintendents, and administrators and board members from member districts. The program included comments from Michael Smith, MVESC Board President, Craig Burford, Executive Director, Ohio Educational Service Center Association, and former MVESC superintendents Dr. Jim Mahoney, Dr. Richard Murray and David Branch.

As part of the celebration, 12 MVESC member districts were honored recognizing their 25 years of service to students in the Muskingum Valley Region, including Crooksville, New Lexington and Northern Local. Other districts honored for their 25-year partnership included Coshocton City Schools, East Muskingum, Franklin, Logan-Hocking, Maysville, Morgan, Ridgewood, River View, and West Muskingum.

“We are thrilled to recognize our partner districts for their 25 years of commitment to educational excellence and community enrichment! MVESC is proud to be a part of such outstanding school districts with amazing and committed staff, students and board members,” said MVESC Superintendent Lori Snyder-Lowe.

Other districts now aligned with the MVESC include Caldwell, Coshocton County Career Center, Mid-East Career & Technology Centers, and Newcomerstown. Additionally, MVESC provides services to other districts in Ohio and in other states.

MVESC Board Member Robert Doughty present a plaque of recognition to Crooksville Schools.

MVESC Board President Michael Smith presents a plaque of recognition to New Lexington Schools.

MVESC Board President Michael Smith presents a plaque of recognition to Northern Local Schools.

MVESC Recognizes Coshocton County Districts for 25 Years of Academic Excellence, Partnership

ZANESVILLE, Ohio — The Muskingum Valley Educational Service Center (MVESC) recently celebrated its 25-year anniversary. The event was attended by former and current board members, superintendents, and administrators and board members from member districts. The program included comments from Michael Smith, MVESC Board President, Craig Burford, Executive Director, Ohio Educational Service Center Association, and former MVESC superintendents Dr. Jim Mahoney, Dr. Richard Murray and David Branch.

As part of the celebration, 12 MVESC member districts were honored recognizing their 25 years of service to students in the Muskingum Valley Region, including Coshocton, Ridgewood and River View. Other districts honored for their 25-year partnership included Crooksville, East Muskingum, Franklin, Logan-Hocking, Maysville, Morgan, New Lexington, Northern and West Muskingum.

“We are honored to be able to recognize our partner districts for their focus on academic excellence over the last 25 years, and we are proud to be able to serve these outstanding staff members, students, and community members in reaching their goals,” said MVESC Superintendent Lori Snyder-Lowe.

Other districts now aligned with the MVESC include Caldwell, Coshocton County Career Center, Mid-East Career & Technology Centers, and Newcomerstown. Additionally, MVESC provides services to other districts in Ohio and in other states.

MVESC Governing Board Member Robert Doughty congratulates Coshocton City Schools for their academic excellence and 25-year partnership with MVESC.

MVESC Governing Board Member Robert Doughty congratulates Coshocton City Schools for their academic excellence and 25-year partnership with MVESC.

MVESC Governing Board Member Robert Doughty congratulates Ridgewood for their academic excellence and 25-year partnership with MVESC.

MVESC Governing Board Member Robert Doughty congratulates Ridgewood for their academic excellence and 25-year partnership with MVESC.

MVESC Governing Board Member Robert Doughty congratulates River View Local Schools for their academic excellence and 25-year partnership with MVESC.

MVESC Governing Board Member Robert Doughty congratulates River View Local Schools for their academic excellence and 25-year partnership with MVESC.

 

MVESC Recognizes West Muskingum’s 25 Years of Partnership

ZANESVILLE, Ohio – The Muskingum Valley Educational Service Center (MVESC) recently celebrated its 25 year anniversary. The event was attended by former and current board members, superintendents, and administrators and board members from member districts. The program included comments from Michael Smith, MVESC Board President, Craig Burford, Executive Director, Ohio Educational Service Center Association, and former MVESC superintendents Dr. Jim Mahoney, Dr. Richard Murray and David Branch.

As part of the celebration, 12 MVESC member districts were honored recognizing their 25 years of service to students in the Muskingum Valley Region. MVESC Board President Michael Smith presented a plaque to West Muskingum for their partnership. Other districts honored for their 25-year partnership included Coshocton City Schools, Crooksville, East Muskingum, Franklin, Logan-Hocking, Maysville, Morgan, New Lexington, Northern, Ridgewood, and River View.

“We are honored to be able to recognize our partner districts for their focus on academic excellence over the last 25 years, and we are proud to be able to serve these outstanding staff members, students, and community members in reaching their goals,” said MVESC Superintendent Lori Snyder-Lowe.

Other districts now aligned with the MVESC include Caldwell, Coshocton County Career Center, Mid-East Career & Technology Centers, and Newcomerstown. Additionally, MVESC provides services to other districts in Ohio and in other states.

 

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