Senator Eklund (middle) receives the OESCA Outstanding Legislative Leadership Award, presented by Dr. George Ash, CEO of the Jefferson County Educational Service Center (left) and Brian Bontempo, OESCA president and Superintendent of the Lake County ESC (right)

State Senator John Eklund (R-Munson Township) today received the 2015 Ohio Educational Service Center Association’s Outstanding Legislative Leadership Award for his efforts to strengthen education in Ohio.

"The success of Ohio's young people hinges on their ability to receive a quality education," said Eklund. "I have a great deal of respect for our education professionals who dedicate their careers to ensuring that students are prepared to succeed in life."

Senator Eklund was nominated, along with State Representative Ron Young (R-Leroy Township), by the Lake County Educational Service Center for their leadership and commitment to education in the General Assembly. 

Senator Eklund was also nominated by the Jefferson County ESC for his support of an initiative that permits ESC's to serve as fiscal agents, allowing districts to borrow funds for improvements such as textbooks, buses or other technology. 

Among the many legislative accomplishments mentioned, Senator Eklund and Representative Ron Young were recognized for successfully championing legislation that assisted the Lake County STEM and Fab Lab initiatives in Lake County high schools and Lakeland Community College. They were also honored for their support for the Lake and Geauga middle school Robotics program in partnership with the Alliance for Working Together. This unique program promotes careers in Ohio's growing advanced manufacturing sector. 

The Ohio Educational Service Center Association (OESCA) represents the superintendents, teachers, supervisors and other personnel of Ohio's Educational Service Centers and seeks to promote excellence in education through the quality services provided by its member organizations.

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