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Local school districts honor College of Education deans 

ATHENS, Ohio (May 26, 2006) -- The Coalition of Rural and Appalachian Schools (CORAS) presented the 6th Annual Leadership and Service Recognitions at its April 25 meeting. College of Education Interim Dean Thomas E. Davis, Senior Associate Dean Glenn Doston and Associate Dean Dianne Gut were all honored for their exemplary leadership and support of CORAS and public education in Appalachian Ohio.

Formed as a Regional Council of Governments in 1988, CORAS comprises 133 school districts and other educational institutions in the 29-county region designated as Appalachia. Supported by member dues and its partnership with the College of Education, CORAS is dedicated to advocating for our region's public schools in order to continuously improve the educational opportunities available to our children.

"The support of Ohio University's College of Education is absolutely integral to the success of our mission, and that's why we wanted to take this opportunity to formally show our appreciation to Tom, Glenn and Dianne for a year of tireless service," explained CORAS President Phil Satterfield. "When we pick up the phone, we need to know that we can depend on the Dean's Office, and this team has always been there to answer the call."

Honored to be among this year's recipients, Interim Dean Davis said, "It has just been a pleasure to work with this group of educational administrators who are so professional and so dedicated to cultivating educational leadership, policy and funding that will benefit all our public school students."

Tom McGuire, former member of the Federal Hocking Local School Board, and Superintendent Ted Bayat of the Nelsonville-York City School District also received awards for their diligent work toward a constitutional amendment to fix school funding.

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