CANTON, OHIO (February 3, 2009) - Innovation and 21st century creativity mark the career of Deborah S. Delisle, Ohio's 35th State Superintendent of Public Instruction. On Wednesday, Feb. 25, Delisle will share her views on Ohio's educational future, from expanding technology available in the classroom to recognizing specialty needs of urban education centers, promoting collaboration between secondary and higher education and preparing our students for an evolving, global economy. In this third installment of the 2008-2009 Canton Forum season, Diminishing the Divide, Delisle will explore the future of Ohio's schools on all fronts.


The luncheon, which is open to the public, will be held from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the McKinley Grand Hotel. Lunch is included for the price of $20. Tickets are required to attend the event and registrations must be received by Monday, Feb. 23. Register for Canton Forum online at


Save the date for the final Canton Forum series installment on Wednesday, Apr. 22. Season passes are now available at a prorated cost of $40 each for the two remaining programs this season. Season passes can be purchased online at or by calling the Chamber at (330) 458-2070. 


Since 1995, Canton Forum, sponsored by the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce and The Repository, has presented a wide array of distinguished speakers to the Canton community on topics relating to health, education, sports, business, public affairs and the arts. Not only have live Forum audiences enjoyed these presentations, but they have also been seen by thousands throughout Stark County thanks to re-broadcasts of the program on Time Warner Cable Channel 23 and online through Western Reserve PBS Channel 49 steaming video-on-demand at


About the Speaker

With 33 years of experience in five Ohio school districts, Delisle has served as a school district superintendent, principal, curriculum director, classroom teacher of both language arts and gifted education, and college instructor in education. She was named "2008 Tech-Savvy Superintendent" by e-school news and spent the past five years as the superintendent of a district where the student population is 82 percent minority and 60 percent low-income. She is a member of the governing board of the Minority Student Achievement Network, a consortium of twenty-five national schools districts dedicated to eliminating the achievement gap. Through various committees and initiatives, Delisle has established networks across the State with educators on issues paramount to Ohio's schools.