Jeffrey Ferguson is beginning his 9th year as Superintendent of Tallmadge City Schools. Jeff just completed his 26th year in education, with 19 of those years in administration. Prior to becoming Superintendent, he was the Principal of Tallmadge High School. He also spent 7 years in the classroom teaching English. Jeff is a graduate of the University of Akron where he earned both his Bachelor’s and Master’s degree.
Tallmadge Schools and Community have a lot to Celebrate
What a great year it’s been so far for our Tallmadge City Schools. I speak for the whole community when I say how thrilled we all were when Tallmadge’s own Lori Michalec was selected as the 2015 Ohio Teacher of the Year. She was chosen among many nominees from across the state and it is the highest recognition that a teacher may receive for outstanding teaching.
But as Mrs. Michalec so eloquently pointed out when she accepted the award last month, she is a true ambassador for all of our Tallmadge teachers and represents their collective hard work and dedication year after year. Nothing is more important to a student’s success in school than a high quality teacher.
Tallmadge also received some good news recently when the Ohio Department of Education released the report card ratings. The results for Tallmadge City Schools were positive and encouraging. Our Performance Index Score increased to 104.3, meaning more students are achieving at higher levels than ever before. We also received “A”s on both our four and five-year graduation rates and at a percentage much higher than most districts across Ohio.
The hard work of our students, staff and families paid off.
While we are proud of our achievement in student growth and high graduation rate, the report card also helps us to identify areas where we need more work. Using the detailed results from the State Report Card gives us the tools to target the instruction we provide so that we may better meet the needs of each individual student.
We will continue to use the state report card as a measure of success, but we also know that the quality of a Tallmadge education goes way beyond these data points. High quality teachers, community involvement, extracurricular activities and exposure to music and art also play a part in providing a well-rounded education for our kids.
Congratulations again to Mrs. Michalec. We know that the Tallmadge community has high expectations for our school and our kids. We do too. Every day, our staff is rising to the challenge, and I can tell you, our Tallmadge students have never been more prepared for the future. We look forward to working with the community to continue our schools on a path of excellence.