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Austintown Local Schools Statement and Press Release

May 29, 2019
The Town Crier

On May 22, the Austintown Board of Education announced the retirement of Superintendent Vincent S. Colaluca. The Board wants to congratulate Superintendent Colaluca on his retirement and thank him for 10 successful years as superintendent, serving the students and staff of Austintown.

Mr. Colaluca has had many great accomplishments during his 10 year tenure. He has provided the students of Austintown with 21st Century Education and led the Valley in academic programming. Under Mr. Colaluca, the Austintown Schools have added many new academic programs such as the 6th-12th grade STEM Pathway, the K-5th grade STEM curriculum, the 9th-12th grade Business Pathway, the 3th-12th grade One to One Chromebook initiative, the K-2nd grade technology initiative, the K-12th grade Falcon Pride OnLine blended learning program, the K-12th grade HOPE Alternative Program, the passage of Bond to build AES and AIS elementary buildings and secured a $500,000 federal grant for the Austintown Falcon Mobile Medical Unit.

The most outstanding academic endeavors during Mr. Colaluca's tenure include achieving "Excellent with Distinction" on the local report card, consecutively earning the "Momentum Award" from the Ohio Department of Education and earning the Federal Blue Ribbon Award for Watson Elementary. Mr Colaluca has received leadership accolades statewide such as the Buckeye Association School Administrators Exemplary Leadership Superintendent Award, the BASA Regional 4 Executive Committee Representative and the YSU Distinguished Alumni Educator Award. Mr. Colaluca and the board have also continued to address the needs of our facilities for all student activities, most recently investing 350,000 in the Fitch Auditorium and 2.3 million dollars to the Fitch Athletic Complex.

Mr. Colaluca has represented the Austintown community and taxpayers with integrity and transparency. He has led the district in very tough financial times. The district has not received any new money for operations from the Austintown community since 1996, but through careful staffing and business decisions to generate revenue, academic programs have increased and modest cost of living increases have been provided for our staff. Mr. Colaluca has been a good steward of the Austintown community tax dollars.

The Austintown Board of Education, Administrative Team, Staff and Students wish Mr. Colaluca best of luck in his retirement.



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