Board president receives honor

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Neighbors | Submitted.Austintown Fitch board president Kathy Mock has been named one of the NEOSBA Northeast Region Outstanding School Board Members by the Ohio School Board Association (OSBA).

The Austintown Local School administration recently announced that its own School Board President, Kathy Mock, has been named one of the NEOSBA Northeast Region Outstanding School Board Members by the Ohio School Board Association (OSBA).

Mock will be honored, along with three other recipients, on Oct. 5, at the Northeast Region Fall Conference in Wadsworth.

She is eligible to receive the All-Ohio School Board Award that honors board members who demonstrate outstanding boardsmanship and service to public education. It is OSBA’s most prestigious honor.

Mock has served on the Austintown School Board for six years, five of those as Board President. In addition to serving on the board, Mock is the Director of Education and Initiatives for the United Way of Youngstown and the Mahoning Valley and supervises the pre kindergarten summer program, Success by 6, in 19 schools districts across Mahoning County, as well as a new initiative, Success After Six and the Dolly Parton Imagination Library for children birth to age 5 in Mahoning County. She is also an instructor at Youngstown State University in the Beeghly College of Education and is involved in many civic organizations across the valley.

Austintown Superintendent Vincent Colaluca was delighted to hear about Mock’s award.

“We all see the work that Kathy puts in for our children and those in our community. She is constantly involved in programs that prepare our children for future success. I am very happy she is being recognized for her hard work and dedication,” he said.

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