ELYRIA — Joy Jones, principal of Oakwood Elementary School, has been named Principal/Administrator of the Year by The Ohio Alliance of Black School Educators.
“Please join us in congratulating Joy for this award and in recognizing the wonderful person and professional she is every day in the Elyria Schools,” the district said in its announcement of the award Wednesday.
Jones will be honored at a banquet at the Hyatt Regency Downtown in Columbus on April 6. The banquet kicks off with a reception at 5 p.m., followed by dinner and a dance.
This recognition also asks the honoree to name a student in their own building or in their district that has shown leadership skills and who also will be acknowledged during the program in Columbus.
Jones selected Elyria High School senior Kailah Stephens to receive the student award at the state banquet in April. Kailah previously attended Oakwood Elementary, as did her siblings.
An honors student involved in many activities at Elyria High School including madrigals and wind ensemble, Kailah will attend the banquet with her mother.
Jones is the current OABSE financial secretary and held the office of first vice president in the past. She is also a longtime member of the local chapter of Lorain County Alliance of Black School Educators and is that organization’s immediate past president.
LCABSE will hold its annual Awards Program at 4 p.m. Sunday, at Lorain County Community College’s Stocker Center.
More than 100 students in grades 7 through 12 from Elyria Schools will be honored at the banquet for academic achievements.