ZANESVILLE, Ohio – State Representative Jay Edwards from Ohio’s 94th House District was honored November 13, 2023, with the Legislative Leadership Award from the Ohio Educational Service Center Association (OESCA). The Muskingum Valley Educational Service Center (MVESC) nominated Edwards for the honor.
OESCA’s Legislative Leadership Award is presented to legislators and legislative support staff who have provided outstanding public service and legislative support for Educational Service Centers and education in the state of Ohio. The award was presented in Columbus during the Ohio School Boards Association Capitol Conference.
“It’s an honor to receive an award from such a great organization,” said Edwards. “Ohio Educational Service Centers are crucial to not only rural Ohio but the state as a whole,” he added.
MVESC’s nomination read in part, “State Representative Jay Edwards understands the needs of rural school districts and the diverse challenges they face. He is extremely supportive of education and is always willing to listen and learn. Representative Edwards has also been a strong supporter of ESCs and understands the benefits of collaboration among districts.”
“State Representative Edwards is an outstanding advocate for rural schools and students,” said Lori Snyder-Lowe, Superintendent, MVESC. “He understands the unique challenges faced by districts in rural parts of the state and shows exceptional leadership and passion for ensuring legislation helps address those challenges,” Lowe added.