The Muskingum County Educational Service Center held their annual Boards of Education dinner Wednesday evening.
More than one-hundred board members from Muskingum, Morgan, Coshocton, Hocking, and Perry counties were honored and recognized for their hard work and dedication.
"I think the most important piece is that we all want to do the best we can with what we have to make a difference and be helpful to boys and girls." said Dr. Richard Murray, MVESC Superintendent. "We have similar problems, we have similar issues. I think it's important for people in different school districts, different boards of education, as they deliberate those issues, to know that there are other people out there with the same issues that need to be dealt with."
Dr. Jim Mahoney was the keynote speaker at the event. Mahoney is the Executive Director of Battelle for Kids, which recently sponsored trips to high-performing educational systems in places like Singapore, Hong Kong, Finland, and Ontario. He shared lessons of relevance learned around the globe.
"Across the world we see a huge emphasis on early intervention." explained Dr. Mahoney. "That a good beginning often determines the ending. So the time to intervene is not in the third grade, it's long before that."
Dr. Mahoney says educational competition is no longer just across the county, state or country. Rather, it's around the world.