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Austintown schools receive top award, but board member lashes out

Published: Wed, May 29, 2013 @ 9:41 p.m.


Austintown schools have been awarded an “Excellence with Distinction” rating by the Ohio Department of Education.

Deborah Cain, District 8 representative of the Ohio Department of Education, presented the award at Wednesday’s board of education meeting.

The achievement is not easily attained, she said.

But board member Harold Porter voiced concern over the postcards sent to local homes informing families of the award.

Porter said that 15,000 postcards were mailed out, and he estimates that postage cost the district about $3,000.

“I know our schools are excellent, and I don’t need some stupid standardized test from the State of Ohio telling me they are, let alone a waste of money postcard,” he added.

Porter continued to list grievances as part of the closing remarks, and criticized schools Superintendent Vincent Colaluca.

Colaluca said it is against the board member code of ethics to criticize employees publicly.

For the complete story, read Thursday's Vindicator or Vindy.com.


1Metz10987(145 comments)posted 3 years, 1 month ago

Our super is a idiot. Glad someone is willing to speak out and call the GT tests what they really are, a waste of time that proves nothing.

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2atownparent1(3 comments)posted 3 years, 1 month ago

Agree with Metz, Colaluca should be fired immediately, send him to Boardman where he lives. I also received the post card, my son graduated from Fitch last year. Its time to get rid of the board and Colaluca,but no one has the b$#ls to take on this board or for that matter, our great trustees. We have a great fire and police department but the rest of the officials trustees and school board need to go!!!!

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3DaleSFleischer(5 comments)posted 3 years, 1 month ago

It has been over a year since the parents and employees asked for the resignation of Mr. Colaluca. There has "NO" concern regarding the safety of the students regarding the busing. I have been a member of the Austintown Community for 51 years, a 1980 graduate of Fitch and both my children graduate from Fitch. I have never seen such mismanagement as it is now. They only one that has the ba... to stand up to Mr. Colaluca is Harold Porter. There are two spots opening up on the Board and we all need to think about a change in our Board. Maybe then somehting will be done about this dictator. He needs to resign or be terminated for misappropriation of funds. One parent is currently going through the Attorney General because the board will not give the information he requested that is suppose to be open to the public. We as tax payers pay the superintendent and our voice needs to be heard. Vince Colaluca needs to go and go NOW!

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