Education summit on Saturday a regional gathering

Local school officials and community leaders will convene this weekend to discuss collaboration among districts and improving how they educate children.
Alissa Widman Neese
Mar 15, 2013


Ebenezer Baptist Church will host the city’s third annual education summit Saturday, titled “Educating Children Across the Districts.”

The summit will be in the education center, part of the church’s newly completed expansion. The gathering is sponsored by the Sandusky chapter of the NAACP and the Sandusky Area Education Coalition.

Want to go

What: Third annual regional education summit 
When: 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday
Where: Ebenezer Baptist Church, 1215 Pierce St., Sandusky
Cost: Free 

This year’s summit is the first to join representatives from several area districts, said Thanda Maceo, NAACP education committee chair and a church trustee. 

The first two events focused strictly on Sandusky Schools. 

“Although they have separate challenges, all districts confront some of the same common issues,” Maceo said. “To ensure our students have the quality education they deserve, we need to come together to talk about these issues and make a difference.”

There is no fee to attend and anyone interested in bettering educational opportunities for children is encouraged to participate.

There will be brief presentations, a discussion with district superintendents and several hands-on workshops. Breakfast and lunch will be provided and participants can earn continuing education credits for attending.

Topics to be discussed include: •Shrinking and shared financial resources. 

•Parental engagement. 
•Socioeconomic challenges. 
•Third grade reading guarantee. 
•Bullying and school safety. 

Previous summits have netted tangible results, including impacting Sandusky Schools’s strategic plan and inspiring parent involvement in their children’s school days, said Annette Gallagher, NAACP education committee member.

“We can’t just talk, we need to act,” Gallagher said. “Anyone who has an interest in the welfare of our community should come.”

Edison Schools superintendent Tom Roth, who plans to attend Saturday, said this is a great way to unite schools and the local community.

“It’s a team effort and we need to have everyone involved,” Roth said. “Both make each other better and make our children more successful.”


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The Hero Zone

This is great news for all involved from new students up through superintendents. If anything this could be a great event to hold quarterly. While I can't make this event myself, if anyone going is reading this I would like to bring up that the Junior Achievement program should be introduced at all levels:

Having been a product of it and having served it, I can attest it is a great educational supplement and is well worth the look by those in a position to make decisions! As it brings local citizens with relevant backgrounds into the schools to help teach economic concepts and literacy it is certainly a direction toward the solution to the socioeconomic bullet point.


The schools have students 7 hours a day and only 180 days a year. Do you think they are miracle workers ?

With 50 percent divorce rates and 70 percent of black children without fathers in their lives we are missing the greater problem. Lack of parental involvement in children's education.

This meeting is like putting a band aid on a gunshot wound. The problem is at home and the value put on education in those homes.


That's why one of the topics of the summit is parental involvement !


Most balck families might not have the father but most has a man in the house hold. Many times you see the percent of black this the percent of blacks that. If you read before responding it is for all the local district where even the supertendent of edison schools said he was going to be there. In know when people see tghe naacp they are going to come with the race garbage.


Mrjsiah 1,

No race garbage just my observation of our education problems.

The problem is not at the school. The problem is at the home. The value of education is a low priority with many single parent households.

It's not the school's job to teach morals, ethics and responsibility.

Come on people stop relying on other people or the government to raise your children.

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The tt

The NAACP and Ebenezer? This looks like high-level panhandling on behalf of SCS directed at wealthier area schools. The other districts are reeled in by the claims of inter-district cooperation, but I bet they'll soon figure out that panhandling is precisely what it is.

Remember, superintendents - if you don't go, you're racist!