Local Educator Receives Community Service Award

ZANESVILLE, Ohio – A Zanesville area educator is the recipient of the 2021 Outstanding Leadership Award for Community Service from the Ohio Educational Service Center Association (OESCA). Diane Jones received the honor Monday, November 8, 2021, at the Ohio School Boards Association Capital Conference in Columbus. 

The recognition is for a community leader who has personally rendered a specific leadership service which has significantly benefited all of the local school districts in the county school system, or educational service center office, or both. The application, submitted by the Muskingum Valley Educational Service Center reads, in part, “Diane Jones’ entire life defines her as an ‘Advocate for Education’ and is absolutely deserving of this award.” 

Jones has positively impacted education through her roles as a teacher at West Muskingum, principal at Franklin Local, curriculum director at Franklin Local, West Muskingum and Zanesville City Schools and assistant superintendent for Muskingum Valley Educational Service Center. Additionally, for the past seven years, Jones co-facilitated the Appalachian Ohio P-20 Council, and has served on Ohio University Zanesville’s Coordinating Council, Focus Group for Long Range Planning of Regional Campuses and Muskingum University’s Educator Preparation Team. 

(L-R) Ed Penrod, MVESC Board Member, Larry Good, MVESC Board Member, Diane Jones, award recipient, Lori Snyder-Lowe, MVESC Superintendent and Michael Smith, MVESC Board Vice President.

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