Superintendent of Public Instruction Announces Lorain Academic Distress Commission
Release date: 4/8/2013
LORAIN, Ohio – State Superintendent of Public Instruction Dr. Richard A. Ross praised the leadership of the Lorain City School District Monday for embracing state assistance in helping improve academic achievement in the district.
Ross named three distinguished education leaders to a new Academic Distress Commission for the district at a news conference at the Lorain school headquarters.
“I have been extremely impressed by the leadership here in Lorain,” Ross said. “They have been open and honest about the realities of their outcomes, and they have agreed that their students deserve something more than what they are getting from their schools today.”
Ohio law requires creation of an Academic Distress Commission when a district fails to make adequate yearly progress for four consecutive years. The commission will develop an improvement strategy.
The five member commission is comprised of three appointed members, made by the state superintendent, and two members appointed by the district’s board president.
Dr. Ross has appointed Dr. William Zelei to serve as chairman along with Dr. Cathy Dietlin and Dr. Rosa E. Rivera-Hainaj. Lorain School Board President Timothy Williams has appointed Raul Ramos and Henry J. Patterson Jr.
Dr. Zelei is currently head of the Ohio Schools Council, a purchasing consortium of 192 Northern Ohio school districts and related organizations. Previously, Dr. Zelei headed the Accountability Division at the Ohio Department of Education. Prior to that, he served as superintendent of the South Euclid-Lyndhurst School District where he helped close academic achievement gaps between different racial and economic groups.
Dr. Rosa E. Rivera-Hainaj currently serves as dean of Science and Mathematics at Lorain County Community College. She also serves on the board of El Centro de Servicios Sociales, a Hispanic-Latino non-profit advocacy organization whose mission is to enhance the socio-economic status of the greater Lorain community.
Dr. Cathy Dietlin is a retired educator who served as both a classroom teacher and administrator. In 2008, she launched and served as executive director of the P-16 effort REACHigher Lorain. Dr. Dietlin spent most of her career as a teacher and administrator, including 13 years in the Lorain schools before serving as assistant superintendent of the Rocky River schools for 22 years.