LOGAN — Sen. Lou Gentile, D-Steubenville, was recognized by the Coalition of Rural and Appalachian Schools and the Ohio University Patton College of Education for his advocacy and support for students of southeast Ohio.
“I am humbled to be recognized by so many talented and dedicated school officials,” said Gentile. “CORAS is leading the fight for our children in Appalachian Ohio. I look forward to our continued partnership as we work to improve education and opportunity for all of the region’s students.”
Gentile was invited to attend the CORAS meeting last Thursday by Dr. Mark Miller, superintendent of Buckeye Local School District, and Dr. T.C. Chappelear, superintendent of Indian Creek Local School District. Both Jefferson County superintendents were in attendance and presented the Friends of CORAS award to Gentile.
“We, Buckeye Local, appreciate the work Sen. Lou Gentile does on behalf of not only the students at Buckeye Local, but also all rural schools in Ohio,” Miller said. “I was honored to present this award to Sen. Gentile on behalf of CORAS for his service and dedication to all students in Ohio.”
“Thursday’s CORAS meeting was a very important one for superintendents of CORAS districts,” Chappelear added. “Our task for the day was to provide information for the Ohio Legislature to use in preparing the next biennium budget in regards to educating students in rural and Appalachian school districts. It was great to have Sen. Gentile there as a participant in those discussions.”
The Coalition for Rural and Appalachian Schools is an organization of 133 school districts and other educational institutions in the 32-county Appalachian region of Ohio. The mission of CORAS is to advocate for and support the public schools of Appalachia Ohio in the continuous improvement of educational opportunities available to all the region’s children.