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Superintendent's Corner: Schools chief lists five years of district accomplishments

by Dr. Joe Clark | Superintendent of Schools Published: August 10, 2016 12:00 AM

Nordonia students return to school Aug. 25. It is unbelievable how fast time flies.

This fall the class of 2029 starts kindergarten! Parents, enjoy the school years with your children. My two sons will be seniors this year, one at Syracuse University and one at Wadsworth High School. It seems like yesterday I was sending them off to kindergarten.

I also can't believe that I am getting ready to start my sixth year as Superintendent of the Nordonia Schools. As I look back over the past five years, it is amazing to reflect on the progress we have made. The credit for these successes belongs to the all of the hard working staff, students and community members who care so deeply about our schools.

In the past five years, we have:

/ Most importantly, increased our academic performance to the highest in district history.

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/ Restored gifted education programming; returned foreign language to the middle school; increased Advanced Placement classes at NHS; and increased the number of students taking band and choir.

/ Added a community service requirement for graduation.

/ Added a Career Technical Education program at the middle school. Students will explore things like engineering and robotics in a class called Project Lead the Way.

/ Developed a digital learning program to provide additional opportunities to our students and recruit our students (and dollars) back from online charter schools.

/ Created a one-to-one technology initiative, with students in grades 3-12 having access to their own ChromeBook.

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/ Thrived in athletics, music and the arts, being recognized at the state level numerous times.

/ Implemented two major energy conservation initiatives, one based on infrastructure, and one based on behavior change.

/ Extended a contract with Petermann for our transportation services, improving efficiency and reducing costs.

/ Restored transportation to above state minimum standards.

/ Settled collective bargaining agreements with both of our unions, maintaining good labor relations with our employee groups.

/ Finished completion of the high school athletic complex, a project that was started years before I arrived.

That is just a sample of the successes we have seen over the past five years. There are so many things going on in our schools that the community should be proud of and brag about. Thanks goes to all of the hardworking people dedicated to doing what's best for our kids. I am so excited to see what the next five years bring.

Senior Athletic Passes: Senior citizens, you are able to attend all home Nordonia High School athletic events for free. Pick up your free senior pass at the high school athletic office or the board office reception desk. Passes do not expire, so if you still have your pass from last year there is no need to replace it. We expect a successful fall season; I hope to see you at some games.

I hope you enjoy what little time is left of the break. As always, thanks for supporting the Nordonia Schools, have a great month, and remember to follow me on Twitter @DrJoeClark.

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