March Meeting to Focus on School Funding

On March 17, 2021 at 9:00 AM Zoom (see link below) into join us for a thorough look at the current state of school funding in Ohio. 2020-21 Hicks Executive in Residence, Dr. Howard Fleeter will discuss the current state budget and other important issues regarding funding Ohio Schools, especially those in Appalachian Ohio. In addition, Dennis Willard will discuss the status of the ED Voucher Litigation. Please join us!

ZOOM LINK:   see below
Meeting ID: 950 1439 1254
Passcode: He2Epd


At the January CORAS meeting many CORAS districts honored staff members or community members who have been identified as COVID Heroes during the past school year. These individuals have gone over and beyond what could be expected for this difficult school year. See below for a list of district recipients We also hope to soon be able to upload a video of the introduction to these heroes by Executive Director Richard Murray, Ohio Superintendent of Instruction, Mr. Paolo DeMaria and Dean Renee’ Middleton, Dean of the Ohio University Patton College of Education.

Ben Buchwalter Technology Coordinator Adena Local Schools John Balzer, Superintendent Mary Diegmiller Paraprofessional Barnesville Exempted Village School District Angela Hannahs, Superintendent Timmy Kyer Maintenance Department Head Belmont Harrison JVSD Richard Schoene, Superintendent Donna Burlenski Food Service Coordinator Bridgeport Exempted Village School District Brent Ripley, Superintendent Debbie Robertson Food Service Coordinator Bright Local School District Mike Bick, Superintendent Jane Evans School Nurse Carrollton Exempted Village School District David Quattrochi, Superintendent Jenna Dress Special Education Director Conotton Valley Union Local Todd Herman, Superintendent Jennifer Andrews Director Transportation and Food Services Coshocton City Schools David Hire, Superintendent James Creech Transportation Director Crooksville EV Schools Kevin Smith, Superintendent Kayla Harman Preschool Supervisor East Central Ohio ESC Randy Lucas, Superintendent Tracy Taylor School Nurse East Guernsey Local Schools Adam Pittis, Superintendent Linda Jones Food Service Director, Head Cook East Muskingum Local Schools David Adams, Superintendent Tracy Cremer Director of Food Services Eastern Local (Brown County) Michele Filon, Superintendent Peggy Edwards Head Cook -Coolville Elementary Federal Hocking School District David Hanning, Superintendent Erin Lockhart EMIS Coordinator/Records Control/Truancy Officer Fort Frye Local Schools Stephanie Starcher, Supt. Sharon McDermott Superintendent (Retired) Franklin Local Rob Preston, Superintendent Dana Glassburn Director, Gallia County Job & Family Services Gallia Vinton ESC Denise Shockley, Superintendent Lea Cummings School Nurse Huntington Local Pete Ruby, Superintendent Eric White Food Services Director Indian Creek Local School District T.C. Chappelear,Superintendent Brian Dittfeld Director of Technology & Classified Operations Indian Valley Local Ira Wentworth, Superintendent Patrick Ball Insurance Broker for the District Jackson City School District Phil Howard, Superintendent Missy Adams Food Service Director Lisbon Exempted Village Schools Joe Siefke, Superintendent Sheila Richards High School Technology Teacher Manchester Local School District Brian Rau, Superintendent Christy Boothby Director of the Technology and Information Center Marietta City Schools William Hampton, Supt. Richard Hall Superintendent (Retired) Mid-East Career and Technology Center Matt Sheridan, Superintendent Ryan Stockham District Technology Coordinator Minford Local Schools Jeremy Litteral, Superintendent Greg Moore Facilities/Athletic Director Morgan Local Schools Kristin Barker, Superintendent Dan Blickensderfer Director of Technology Muskingum Valley ESC Lori Snyder-Lowe, Superintendent Molly Dupler School Nurse New Lexington Schools Casey Coffey, Superintendent Abby Collins School Nurse Newcomerstown EV Schools Jeff Staggs,Superintendent Lorraine Holiday Food Service Director Noble Local School District Dan Leffingwell, Superintendent Lisa Householder High School Principal Northern Local Thomas Perkins, Superintendent Jacquelyn Prichard Blue Sky /virtual Academy Supervisor Ohio Valley Educational Service Center Andy Brooks, Supt Steve Foster Grounds Keeper/Bus Driver/Bus Maintenance River View Local Schools Dalton Summers, Superintendent Jeff Wheeler Athletic Director/Asst.High School Principal Rolling Hills Local School District Scott Golec, Superintendent Linda Shaw Principal-Portsmouth West Elementary School Shawnee State University Cheryl Irish Tricia McNickle Elementary Principal Southern Local (Meigs County) Tony Deem,Superintendent Chad Moore Technology SupervisorTri-County Career Center Connie Altier, Superintendent Julie Hoagland Secretary, Transportation, Food Service, Building Grounds Tuscarawas Valley Local Mark Murphy, Supt Michael Ogier Transportation Supervisor Vinton County Local School District Rick Brooks, Superintendent Kelly Waugh RN Wellston City Schools Karen Boch, Superintendent Robert Dunn Cafeteria Supervisor Zane Trace Local Schools Jerry Mowery, Superintendent Kevin Appleman Executive Director of Operations/Student Services Zanesville City Schools Doug Baker, Supt.

CORAS Alters Schedule to Address Covid-19

As we begin another school year, please know that CORAS recognizes the difficult decisions and the many challenges that Superintendents are facing daily during these unprecedented pandemic times. I believe strongly and remain confident that your commitment to our kids and your staffs, along with your leadership will absolutely make the difference, for our schools and communities this coming year. Together we will be able to navigate these difficult times and serve children and teachers.  

To this end, CORAS has two goals for our coming school year:

1.) Conduct six regular membership meetings. (see dates below)

2.) Utilize our meeting Venues to provide you, our member Superintendents,  with opportunities to discuss hot topics, relevant matter and hear from experts with “in the know”.  

Our CORAS Meeting format for 2021 provide you three options; 1.) In person attendance at the Olde Dutch restaurant in Logan Ohio. To accommodate social distancing, we will be limited to the first 45 who register with CORAS Administrative Associate, Debra Kelly. Lunch will follow the meeting. 2.) Zoom at your local ESC office. 3.) Zoom at your office.  

Below please find our CORAS meeting dates and locations for your planning:  

September 16, 2020 Olde Dutch Restaurant Logan Ohio October 21, 2020      Olde Dutch Restaurant Logan Ohio January 13, 2021     Virtual Zoom Recognition of CORAS school “Pandemic Hero’s” March 17, 2021    Virtual Zoom Hicks in Residence Scholar Recognition April 21, 2021     OU Inn, Athens Ohio June 1, 2021       Eagle Sticks, Zanesville Ohio  

Thank you for your commitment to serve kids, teachers, and our communities.  

Coalition of Rural and Appalachian Schools

An Advocate For Ohio’s Rural Appalachian School Children For Over Two Decades

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The Coalition of Rural and Appalachian Schools, in partnership with the Ohio University College of Education, is an organization composed of 136 school districts, institutions of higher learning and other educational agencies in the 35-county region of Ohio designated as Appalachia. School districts in neighboring counties, institutions of higher education and related organizations may become members of the Coalition. The Coalition of Rural and Appalachian Schools is under the governance structure of a Regional Council of Governments and is funded through membership dues and support from the Ohio University College of Education.


The Coalition’s Mission and Goals


The mission of the Coalition of Rural and Appalachian Schools 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. This statement of mission acknowledges that the region’s public schools are an integral part of the public education system for Ohio and that the Coalition may support and join with similar efforts throughout the State to improve the educational opportunities for all children.


1. To seek equity in Ohio’s system of school funding and adequacy of educational opportunity for all of Ohio’s children.

2. To support the continuous development of educational leadership throughout the region’s public school systems.

3. To identify and analyze policy issues that impact the effectiveness, strength, and character of the public school system and to formulate and communicate position statements in response to these issues.

4. To sponsor and promote the use of research and to share successful practices for improving educational opportunities for all children in the CORAS region.