posted Jun 15, 2012, 12:37 PM by Elysse Magnotto-Cleary

For Immediate Release                              For Further Information Contact:

06/15/2012                                                                  Elysse Magnotto – 617-722-2090


(Boston)- State Representative Cleon H. Turner (D-Dennis) received the 2012 Recognition Award from the Massachusetts Association of Regional Schools (MARS) on June 12, 2012. At the MARS annual meeting at Assabet Valley Regional Technical High School, Rep. Turner received the award “in appreciation for [his] outstanding support of and dedication to Massachusetts regional school districts.” 


The representative, who created and has chaired the Regional School Caucus in the Massachusetts Legislature since 2005, received the award from Maureen Marshall, President of MARS and Steve Hemman, Executive Director of MARS.   


Hemman, who has worked closely with Rep. Turner to create a strong advocacy base for regional school districts at the State House, stated that “Representative Turner has shown that he is very concerned about the education of the children in regional school districts. He continues to work toward improving funding for regional school districts.” Furthermore, MARS Assistant Executive Director Barbara Ripa noted that “When Rep Turner established the Regional Caucus, he created a forum for presenting and discussing issues that affect regional schools across the state. He has been instrumental in keeping legislative focus on increasing regional transportation reimbursement.”


 According to their website, the mission of MARS is to “promote the best possible educational opportunities for students attending regional schools throughout 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,” said Carol Woodbury, Superintendent of the Dennis-Yarmouth Regional School District. “He has worked tirelessly to help other legislators understand their connection to regional schools and regional school issues. He has worked tirelessly for all students, but especially those attending regional schools.  He is visible at school events in our community and he is always open to listening to the concerns of educators.”


In recognizing Turner’s willingness to restore funds to state mandated regional school transportation, Woodbury continued in saying that Turner “was instrumental in getting regional transportation funding reinstated when it was scheduled to be cut in the middle of the year by working with other legislators and the Governor to increase their understanding of the impact to the education this cut would have.” 


For further information, please contact Elysse Magnotto in Representative Turner’s office at or 617-722-2090.