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Ironton City Schools Wins OLAC Outstanding District Award

Each year, the Ohio Leadership Advisory Council (OLAC) recognizes one district in Ohio that has gone above and beyond to embrace the OLAC tools and resources and emphasizes shared leadership in their district. This year, the Outstanding District Award was presented at the 2014 OLAC Action Forum to Ironton City Schools.

Ironton was first introduced to OLAC and the OIP through its involvement as an original State Personnel Development Grant (SPDG) school district. Since then, all district teachers have created OLAC accounts and been introduced to the tools and resources on the site.

Professional development in Ironton is based on the OLAC modules, and staff work with the Local Professional Development Committee (LPDC) to receive credit for OLAC work to use for licensure renewal. Additionally, the district created a schedule in each school buildings that allows TBTs to meet on a regular basis during the school day using the 5-step process.

Since embracing OLAC, Ironton City Schools has significantly improved their Local Report Card by having collaborative structures in place and as a result, Ironton High School has been recognized as a National Blue Ribbon School.

"I'm very proud of our staff and what they've been doing to improve and utilize best practices to drive instruction," said Dean Nance, Ironton superintendent. "This wouldn't have happened without the staff completely buying-in."

Ironton Schools also received School of Promise recognition for their reduction of the achievement gap for economic disadvantaged students and students with disabilities. Through the use of OLAC, the OIP, and the collaborative structures, Ironton has reduced the identification rate of students with disabilities by 30 percent.

The Ironton City School District truly exemplifies what it means to implement the OIP and find success using the OLAC resources. Congratulations to Ironton our 2014 Outstanding District Award Winner!