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Superintendent touts Aurora schools

Gives annual report to Aurora Chamber

by BOB GAETJENS | REPORTER Published: March 1, 2017 1:00 AM
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AURORA -- In his "State of the Schools" address to Aurora Chamber of Commerce on Feb. 22, Superintendent Pat Ciccantelli said the district remains at the top statewide.

"When families move into our district, they often cite our schools and the ability for their children to pursue their interests both in and out of the classroom," he told crowd of several hundred attendees.

According to U.S. News & World Report, he said the district is ranked in the top 1 percent of districts nationwide, and Cleveland Magazine ranked it fourth best in Northeast Ohio.

"It takes a lot of people working hard to achieve this kind of student success," he said, noting another measure of success is that the high school earned the Momentum Award.

According to the Ohio Department of Education website, "The Momentum Award is presented by the state board of education and recognizes schools for exceeding expectations in student growth for the year."

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The district also has Chromebooks for every student in sixth to 12th grade, said Ciccantelli.

"This has a significant impact in the way we teach our students," he said. "As learners in the 21st century, our students need to have great technical skills and, more important, the ability to learn how to learn."

The district this year has placed an emphasis on developing not just good thinkers, but good people, he continued. At every level, students have opportunities to participate in or lead community outreach efforts, whether it's through a student council-led initiative or through the high school's service learning class.

"Our students have amazing heart for service and community outreach," Ciccantelli told the crowd. "Ninety students are enrolled in service learning. That's an elective course they can choose to take."

Ciccantelli said the district's sports teams continue to do well and said four AHS grads are currently in lead roles in Broadway plays.

He said the School Board is asking voters to approve a 5.9-mill levy in May. With the phaseout of the tangible personal property tax, the district has lost $6 million over the past six years, and the levy is needed because of that reduction in revenue. , he added.

"This is not due to a spending problem," he said. "It's a revenue issue."

Email: bgaetjens@recordpub.com

Phone: 330-541-9400 ext. 4188

Twitter: @bobgaetjens_rpc


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