School district gains recognition under superintendent

Other news: Superintendent increases graduation rate, principal runs 50 miles, principal boosts school's state-appointed grade from F to B
By: | December 13, 2017

During Superintendent Pat Greco’s seven-year tenure, the School District of Menomonee Falls in Wisconsin has won a Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Top Workplace award three years in a row.

Menomonee Falls High School has also earned $2.3 million in scholarships and won Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association Sportsmanship Awards three times, and the school has awarded 130 students with AP Scholars honors.

As a result, Greco was named Wisconsin’s 2018 Superintendent of the Year by the Wisconsin Association of School District Administrators.

Superintendent James Thompson of Bloomfield Public Schools in Connecticut has increased the high school graduation rate by 17 percent, and led students to outgain state averages on standardized tests.

Bloomfield was among the state’s poorest-performing districts when Thompson arrived in 2011. Now U.S. News & Report ranks Bloomfield High School as the 36th best high school in Connecticut; AP participation rate at the school is 35 percent and total minority enrollment is 98 percent.

Thompson was chosen school superintendent of the year by the Connecticut Association of Public School Superintendents.

Jack Corey, principal of Withrow University High School in Cincinnati Public Schools, celebrated his 50th birthday by running 50 miles on the school track to show students they can overcome any obstacle through passion and determination.

Corey invited students to join him on the track during the ultramarathon for moral support and then to participate in an activities fair.

Sandra Edwards, a principal in Florida’s School District of Palm Beach County, boosted Washington Elementary’s state-appointed grade from an F in 2016 to a B the following year—one of only 12 F schools statewide to jump by three grades.

Edwards added 30 minutes to the school day, hired math and reading tutors, and rewarded students with prizes for good conduct. From 2016 to 2017, there was a 9 percent increase in students passing the state reading exam (63 percent performed better overall), and a 21 percent increase in students passing the math exam.

Overall, 83 percent of the school’s bottom test-takers made learning gains. Edwards was named 2017 principal of the year for the district.