LORAIN — The school district’s Academic Distress Commission will have a new member in 2019, following the resignation of John Monteleone.
Lorain Mayor Chase Ritenauer said the process to replace him will begin immediately. Monteleone, whose resignation is effective Monday, was the mayor’s choice for the district’s Academic Distress Commission, first appointed in 2017. He is a former Lorain Schools principal and now serves as academic superintendent for Citizens Academy, a charter school in Cleveland.
The current Academic Distress Commission was seated in April 2017 under the mandate of Ohio House Bill 70, which states that if a district is in academic distress and under the supervision of an academic distress commission for four years, the old commission will be disbanded and a new one will be appointed to hire a CEO to lead the district. The commission chose David Hardy as the CEO to lead the school district’s improvement plan.
Monteleone’s resignation letter notes the success of Lorain Schools comes second only to the success of his own daughters, making it a difficult decision to leave.
“Lorain is home for me and I am who I am because of Lorain and Lorain City Schools,” he wrote.
Ritenauer said Monteleone resigned shortly before Christmas. Those interested in serving on the commission should contact Ritenauer at (440) 204-2002 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
“It was an honor and a pleasure to serve alongside the wonderful people on the ADC,” Monteleone said in a statement. “I wish our district the best and will support anyway I can as a member of our community.”
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