Educators, association members laud rep's commitment to regional school students
Representative Cleon Turner (D-Dennis) was given the 2012 Recognition Award from the Massachusetts Association of Regional Schools (MARS). In 2005, Rep. Turner created and has since chaired the Regional School Caucus in the Massachusetts Legislature. He continues to work closely with MARS members including President Maureen Marshall and Executive Director Steve Hemman.
MARS is dedicated to promoting the best educational opportunities for students attending regional schools across the Commonwealth.
"Representative Turner was one of the first to realize that almost every community in the Commonwealth is associated with a regional school district. He has worked tirelessly to help others understand their connection to regional schools and regoinal school issues," said Carol Woodbury, Superintendent of the Dennis-Yarmouth Regional School District.
According to MARS Assistant Director Barbara Ripa, by creating the Regional School Caucus, Rep. Turner put the focus on issues important to regional schools such as the regional transportation reimbursement and funding for their districts.
There are eight-seven regional school districts listed in the MARS website directory. Five are on the Cape and Martha's Vineyard. The Cape will have a new regional school in 2014 as Harwich and Chatham merge to form the Monomoy Regional School District.