WCESC Recognition History

WCESC Receives Fiscal Honors

Ohio Auditor of State Award

Ohio Auditor of State Award is presented to Gina Fernbaugh, CFO/Treasurer of WCESC, for exemplary financial reporting in accordance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) for the 2013 fiscal year.  Mr. Derek Merrin, Northwest Ohio Regional Liaison for Dave Yost, Auditor of State, made the presentation at the March 2014 WCESC Governing Board meeting.

This is the fourth consecutive year Treasurer Fernbaugh has received this award since the award's inception in FY 2010.  Mrs. Fernbaugh accepted the award, crediting the Governing Board for their adoption of stringent fiscal polices; the administrative staff for their support of the Treasurer's office in carrying out those policies; and the fiscal staff for their dedication and support in working with staff to ensure fiscal policies and procedures are followed by all WCESC personnel.

In 2003, Wood County Educational Service Center was presented with the Magna Award for its Community Learning Centers.  Pictured below are WCESC members at the 2003 Luncheon receiving the award.

Magna Award 1 Magna Award 2
Pictured from left to right are American School Board Journal Member, Director Warren Fauver, Board Member Timothy Smith, Superintendent Douglas Garman, Chief Financial Officer Gina Fernbaugh, and American School Board Journal Member Pictured is Board Member Timothy Smith, (middle), with two American School Board Journal Members.

Magna Award Information

The Magna Awards is a national recognition program co-sponsored by American School Board Journal, the National School Boards Association, and Sodexo School Services.  The award honors school board best practices and innovative programs that advance student learning.

Each year since 1986, a Magna Awards panel of independent judges has reviewed programs that showcase school district leadership, creativity, and commitment to student achievement.

Magna nominations are judged according to three enrollment categories (under 5,000 enrollment; 5,000-20,000 enrollment; and over 20,000 enrollment) with one Grand Prize Winner in each category. Each Grand Prize Winner receives a $4,000 contribution from Sodexo School Services. There are five additional winners and five honorable mention winners within each enrollment category.

All Magna Winners and Honorable Mention recipients are recognized in a special supplement published with the May issue of American School Board Journal. The Magna Awards publication is also published online at www.asbj.com/magna.

Magna Winners and Honorable Mention recipients are recognized at the School Leaders Luncheon held during the NSBA Annual Conference. Grand Prize Winners and regular Winners receive plaques at the luncheon. Honorable Mention districts receive certificates by mail prior to the Annual Conference. Grand Prize Winners receive their $4,000 contribution during the Annual Conference.

Magna Winning programs and programs receiving Honorable Mention, plus additional programs receiving scores from the Magna judges high enough to qualify them as Notable Programs, will be added every year to the searchable Magna Awards Best Practices Database, a resource for innovative school district best practices, proven and practical solutions for big and small district problems, and new ideas. Selected programs will be available in the database for at least five years.

To determine the winners of the Magna Awards 2012, the judges will look for programs that are:

  •     Developed or actively supported by the school board.
  •     The result of appropriate school board leadership.
  •     Successful in view of the program's primary objectives.
  •     Important in promoting the district's mission and advancing student learning.
  •     Capable of being replicated by other school boards with similar conditions and resources.
  •     The result of collaboration between the school board and others.

For more information, visit www.asbj.com and check out the Magna Awards section or follow this link Magna Award Information.

Community Learning Centers of WCESC
STARS Program selected as
"Best Education Program"
by United Way of Wood County


Best Education Program Award

Kate Sommerfeld (above left), Director of United Way for Wood County, presented the award to Warren Fauver, Director of the Community Learning Centers STARS Program.  Also shown are Sarah Swegan, Development Officer for United Way in Wood County, and Kyle Kanuckel, Superintendent of Wood County Educational Service Center.

WCESC's Community Learning Centers serve approximately 1,200 children each year.  The Before/After-School and Summer STARS program has consistently had positive impact on social, emotional, academic, and physical well-being indicators since beginning in June 2000.

Click here to learn more about the Community Learning Center programs at eleven locations.