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|We are pleased to announce that Mr. Eric Fortuna has accepted the position of Principal at our Constellation Schools: Elyria Community, effective July 16, 2014.
Mr. Fortuna has been with our organization for nine years and has been the Assistant Principal at our Constellation Schools: Parma Community Elementary - Day Drive location for the past six years. In this capacity Eric has demonstrated strong educational leadership and outcomes. He has been well respected by his staff, the children and families of the Parma community, and is committed to the mission and values of our organization in the education of children.
We are certain you will find Eric brings this same passion and commitment to his new position. Combined, he and Mr. Tom Flood will continue to strengthen our Elyria school, ensuring its continued success and reputation in the Elyria community.
Please join us in welcoming Mr. Fortuna to his new position.
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Federal Court Instructs Ohio Districts to Post Information for Parents Concerning Data Release
A U.S. District Court has ordered that 2013-2014 school year records from the Ohio Department of Education’s Educational Management Information System be turned over to Disability Rights Ohio as part of an ongoing lawsuit.
Under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, families of students whose data will be released must be notified and given the opportunity to object. The court is instructing all local education agencies to post notice about this opportunity to object on their district websites and in a central location, accessible to the public, in each building that is open to the public.
A copy of the notice – which includes instructions on how parents may object to the data release – can be found here. The court must receive objections no later than Sept. 12.
Students' names, addresses and social security numbers are not part of the information to be released. Ohio is one of only three states that do not allow their departments of education to collect this data, to protect student privacy.
Data to be released for each student include student ID number, school name, grade, gender, race, age and disability category. The records also reveal student performance on the state’s Ohio Achievement Assessments and Ohio Graduation Tests, as well as tests related to Ohio’s Third Grade Reading Guarantee. Student suspensions and expulsions also are listed.
The data is subject to a protective order, which means Disability Rights Ohio cannot publicize it.
Public Participation Meeting Notice
Public Participation Meeting Notice: Constellation Schools: Elyria Community School receives federal funding through the Special Education - IDEA (Part B) grant to assist with the education of student with disabilities, ages 3 through 21. Community members who would like to learn about how the school plans to spend its federal IDEA funds are welcome to attend and provide comment during our public hearing to be held on Monday June 2 at 1:00 p.m. at the Constellation Schools: Elyria Community Elementary located at 300 North Abbe, Elyria, OH 44035. If you are unable to attend, you may contact and provide comment to Tracey Frierson, Principal of Constellation Schools: Elyria Community
School for information about the schools usage of its federal IDEA funds.
Ohio I Department of Education
John R. Kasich, Governor
Dr. Richard A. Ross , Superintendent of Public Instruction
December 5, 2013
Tracey Frierson, Principal
Constellation Schools: Elyria Community
300 N Abbe Rd Elyria, Ohio 44035
Dear Principal Frierson:
I am happy to share the good news that the Ohio Department of Education has named
Constellation Schools: Elyria Community a High Progress School of Honor, based on your
2012-2013 Local Report Card.
To become a High Progress School of Honor a building must first be a Title 1 or
Title 1-eligible schools with at least 40 percent of its students eligible for free and
reduced price meals. In addition these schools must rank in the top 10 percent for
gains in proficiency, or if high schools, in the top 10 percent in graduation rates.
Finally, High Progress Schools of Honor must have an Annual Measurable Objectives
grade of C or higher and have met or exceeded Ohio's value-added measure for the last three years.
Clearly your school is doing whatever it takes to make sure that your students from
all backgrounds have the opportunity to achieve academically. This makes you an outstanding
example of what is possible when students, educators, parents and community members work
together believing that all students can succeed. Please share my thanks with all of those who
contributed to your school's success. I hope you will share your strategies generously with
other Ohio schools.
In the coming weeks, we will be sending you a School of Honor banner to display in your building.
If you have questions about the banner or the award, please contact Sherry Panizo in our Office of
Policy and Research at (614) 387-0546.
Congratulations and my very best wishes for continued success. I know the determination and
compassion for students that led to your school's success will continue to make you an asset
to your community.
Dr. Richard A. Ross
Superintendent of Public Instruction
25 South Front Street