Dear Board Members and Audience,
I am David Parshall, a retired STRS member with 32 years of service. Today I speak to you as the president of CORE. I and the members of CORE wish to offer our congratulations to STRS board member Dr. Dennis Leone for his honor of being chosen for The Educators Leadership Award given by the Southwest Ohio Coalition of Rural and Appalachian Schools. Dr. Leone was selected from a list of 100 educators for this outstanding award because of his many efforts to press for reform and oversight since his election to the STRS board in 2005. CORE and all retired and active members of the STRS family owe Dr. Leone a great deal of gratitude for standing up for us all. It is not easy to take the road less traveled, but it often is the only right way to go.