Archive for December 8th, 2014


Pioneer Superintendent Rick Marriott Receives the Kenneth Legats Award for Visionary Leadership

Longtime leader of the Pioneer Center, Superintendent Rick Marriott, was honored today at Ohio Association of County Board’s 31st Annual Convention at the Hilton Columbus at Easton. Mr .Marriott was selected as the winner for the Kenneth Legats Award for Visionary Leadership in Administration.

The Board of Trustees of the Ohio Association of County Boards in conjunction with Region V Superintendents has commissioned an annual award in memory of Kenneth Legats, named the Kenneth Legats Award for Visionary Leadership in Administration. This award is presented annually to an executive who has been duly nominated by the Board of Trustees and who over a career of more than twenty years has shown high ideals, vision, and moral leadership in administration of programs for people with developmental disabilities (DD).

As Mr. Marriott prepares to begin mentoring his replacement, after 35 years as the leader of the Pioneer Center, his colleagues at the state and local levels are voicing their appreciation for the exemplary leadership Mr. Marriott has brought to the DD system.  The award came as a surprise to the superintendent, who was kept in the dark as his secretary submitted the paperwork for his nomination. Several coworkers surprised Mr. Marriott during the lunch-time presentation of the award. While he was caught off guard, Mr. Marriott did give a brief acceptance speech, saying, “I am very appreciative of this award.  It has been an honor and privilege to serve our community.”

It’s worth noting that Mr. Marriott is the only dual recipient of an OACB award. He won the Betty Macintosh award in 2008 for advocating for individuals with developmental disabilities.

About Kenneth “Ken” Legats
Kenneth “Ken” Legats was the long-time superintendent of the Muskingum County Board of Developmental Disabilities.  During his decades of service to people with developmental disabilities, he was known as a quiet, competent leader.  He was well-known and well-liked at the Ohio Statehouse, where he used his strong relationships with policymakers to support meaningful decisions on behalf of those served by county boards of DD.  A visionary leader, he was instrumental in establishing the first Council of Government (COG) in Ohio’s county board of DD system – the Mid-East Ohio Regional Council of Government (MEORC) – which has since been replicated in all corners of the state.  The award is presented as a testament to his legacy and in memory of his leadership following his passing.


Rick Marriott (far right) accepts his award next to the Ohio Association for County Boards
Executive Director, Bridget Gargan (middle) and John 
Pekar, superintendent of the Fairfield and Vinton County Boards of Developmental Disabilities (far left). Photo courtesy of OACB/Erich Hiner.


Pioneer Tigers Basketball Schedule 2015

basketball schedule 2015

Basketball season is almost upon us! Come show your support for our Pioneer Tigers. All games are free and open to the public. Home games are held at the Pioneer School’s gymnasium – 11268 Co. Rd. 550.