I would like to begin my last Superintendent’s Letter for the 2016-17 school year with a big “Thank You” to the Aurora community for the support for our operating levy during the May 2017 election. It was quite a resounding show of support from our community with the largest percentage of yes votes for an Aurora Schools’ levy in recent memory. We greatly appreciate all those who took the time to go to the polls and showed their support with a “yes” vote. We realize that it is never easy for citizens to experience an increase in taxes. Unfortunately, with the cuts in State of Ohio funding and the way that schools in Ohio are funded, school districts must turn to their community members for support to be able to continue to provide a high quality education for our students. We are very thankful that our community members value the outstanding education we provide to their children and continue to support us in this endeavor.
As the school year draws to an end, I would like to once again thank our faculty and staff for another very successful year. We have earned numerous accolades including, U.S. News & World Report rankings of #1 in Northeast Ohio, #6 in Ohio and #202 nationally, a Newsweek ranking of #215 in the nation, a PI score at #7 placing us in the top 1-2% in Ohio, a Cleveland Magazine ranking of #4, Leighton School was named a National Blue Ribbon School joining Harmon and Aurora High School, an AHS Momentum Award 2016, a Preschool Step Up To Quality Five Star Award and another Ohio Auditor of State Award to name just a few.
I would also like to take this opportunity to congratulate the Class of 2017. You made it! Take this wonderful opportunity to reflect on how much success you have already achieved and how much you have yet to conquer. With your strong upbringing and the solid educational background you will undoubtedly use it as a springboard to go on to achieve many great things. I wish each of you the best of luck!
While our graduates will be heading out into the world to experience new beginnings, we wish all of our families and students a fantastic summer filled with sun and fun. Enjoy all of your family moments as children grow up quickly and time is precious. I look forward to seeing all of our students back here on August 15th, recharged and ready to learn even more!