Because of the partnership we have created between our community and the schools, we can emphatically state that our school system is one of the best in the State of Ohio. We are the only school district in Ohio to earn 9 A’s on the 2014-15 district report card. Our students are excelling in academics, the arts and athletics. Our schools are ranked nationally and our students are being more successful than ever. As I write this final column, I reflect with great pride on the work we have done together. I am very proud of the professionalism and effort of our staff. Besides their academic skill, they bring passion for success and a compassion for each child. As a graduate of Aurora High School in 1978, I know first-hand the improvement and the success we now enjoy, and one we can all be proud of.
Our district will transition next school year with a few new administrators. Pat Ciccantelli, who has done an outstanding job as the Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction, will begin his duties as the new superintendent on August 1, 2015. His expertise and experience in Aurora will insure that the transition will be smooth. Mike Roberto transitions from Aurora High School Principal to the Assistant Superintendent position and will head our curriculum department. Mike’s outstanding knowledge in curriculum and learning will now be utilized district wide. Mike has been in Aurora a long time and his knowledge of our community and expectations will be continued under his leadership. Our new Director of Special Education is Christy Koestner. Christy’s experience and passion is a perfect fit for our students and district. Julie Troman will assume the Miller School principal duties along with her principal duties at Craddock School for the 2015-16 school year. Julie’s knowledge, personality and expectations for excellence will help continue to enhance the learning opportunities for our students. Dr. Paul Milcetich will become the new principal at Aurora High School. Dr. “M’s” experience as a leader, combined with his high energy personality and high expectations for excellence, will continue to enhance an already high performing building. These new leaders, combined with our present administrative staff, will continue to enrich our excellence.
A partnership between a school and community is important in developing the health of a city. The support from our City Council and Mayor has been strong. The support that exists between our school and parents continues to make the Aurora community a great place to live and learn. I have enjoyed watching many of our alumni return to Aurora and while enrolling their children they share that they returned because of the school district. What a great feeling! Our Board of Education’s philosophy that students come first, are not just words. They are the words they live by. Their support of students, their passion for public education and unending quest for insuring our teachers are the best trained, have been the bedrock for our achievement. As I retire with over 31 years of service to the district, I wish to thank everyone for their support. We might not all like the snow days, but in the end the success and safety of our students is what we will all remember. As long as the community sticks together, expects excellence, and values education, Aurora will continue to flourish and be a model for all of Ohio. Thank you again for the support and Go Green!