Superintendent of Schools
Ashtabula Area City School District
Phone: (440) 992-1202
Welcome back for the 2021-2022 school year. There is little that is more exciting than seeing and feeling all of the energy of the beginning of a new school year. This year will again be especially exciting at AACS as we work to get to the other side of Covid and build on the substantial changes that we believe will continue to improve the health, well-being, and readiness to learn for all of our students. We are still in the process of bringing some unprecedented changes that will be both exciting and game-changers for many of our students.
Some of these changes include new programming with respect to socio-emotional learning using 7 Mindsets curriculum, added help for our students and parents with Paper – which is a 24/7 tutoring service with a live teacher for grades 6-12, new Math curriculum and textbooks, soon to have new social studies textbooks and possible new science books by the second semester. We have an online academy with live teachers for students of parents that prefer to stay remote, and we will be completely one-to-one with devices meaning every student K-12 will have their own Chromebook or device. We will also be rolling out programs such as Achieve3000 and Industry 4.0 that will positively impact our students, and Parent University programming to help partner with and inform our parents.
We have several new, but highly qualified, leaders joining AACS to keep us moving forward. Dr. Markiel Perkins will lead Lakeside High School as Principal and is joined by another newcomer in Assistant Principal John Pinto. Michigan has a new principal, Lauren Novak, who previously was a first grade teacher at Huron Primary. Ontario Primary also has a new principal in Shannon Sanzo who had served as assistant principal at Superior Intermediate for the past three years. Erie Intermediate welcomes a new leader, Alex Geordan, who will serve as principal. In addition to our principals, Julie Fulton, former assistant principal at Lakeside Junior High, and Christina Gulley former school psychologist, will be joining the Special Education Leadership Team as supervisors.
At the district level, Dr. Kelly Washington moves into the Director of School Improvement position after having served as Director of State and Federal Funds the past two years. She will be replaced by Lisa Newsome, who was the Principal at Ontario for the past three years. We are also excited to welcome RoLesia Holman to oversee the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, and Dr. Joseph Gerics who will oversee the Socio-Emotional Learning as well as other duties.
We have also taken several steps in improving our food service program, we continue to improve in the area of technology, have taken steps to improve our communication both internally and externally, and our Dragon Empowerment Center is back stronger than ever! Although we reduced costs by over one million dollars this year, we feel that our academic and other programming will be stronger than ever.
My mission as your Superintendent is to promote academic excellence and enhance the safety, health, intellectual, and social-emotional growth of the whole child for EVERY student every day. It is critical to every student’s success that we work together as a team – community, parents, teachers, and administrators. Please take the opportunities as they present themselves to get involved and join the team and be a part of the exciting changes as we continue to transform our schools into the destination schools of Ashtabula County.
My commitment to you is to lead by example and with integrity. My actions will match my beliefs and I will be trustworthy, open, honest, and sincere in my efforts to make AACS the best, safest, and most welcoming it can be.