The Muskingum Valley Education Service Center held their 29th annual Boards of Education dinner Wedneday night.
The dinner highlights the hard work and dedication of many school board members, superintendents, and lawmakers who help contribute to the overall success of education in southeast Ohio.
"The idea is to edify public education because school boards matter and public education matter," said MVESC Superintendent Dr. Richard Murray.
Wednesday night’s keynote speaker was Ohio University Professor Dr. Craig Howley spoke on the issue of consolidating school districts and why during these tough economic times, it’s not the best idea.
"A better proposal is to deconsolidate large districts than to consolidate small districts. Its true that Ohio has some very small districts but consolidating them is actually going to harm student achievement and not close any budget gaps," said Howley.
Howley, along with backed research, says that when small districts merge, schools will end up closing which can further complicate already sluggish economic conditions.