Each year, OSBA names one board of education member from each of its five regions - Central, Northeast, Northwest, Southeast and Southwest – to the All-Ohio School Board. The award recognizes outstanding service to public education and represents the dedication shown by thousands of board members across the state. Riebesell, who represents OSBA's Southeast Region, is in his 15th year on the Ridgewood Local Schools board and taught in the district for 38 years. "As a social studies teacher I felt I could help students understand their culture and democracy," he said. “After retirement, I decided that I could continue to help students and my community by becoming involved in the board of education. The need to pass on the values and norms of our society, as well as providing opportunity for students to engage in self determination by gaining the necessary skills and attitudes to be productive and responsible members of a democratic society, were part of my purpose and goals in staying involved in the schools.” A member of OSBA's Southeast Region Executive Committee, Riebesell is most proud of his district making "giant strides in technolog
y" and promoting "occupational and career exploration." He added that a "significant partnership" was established with Muskingum Valley Health Center, which now has a presence on campus. A photo of Riebesell is available Here.
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