Colaluca retires as Superintendent for Austintown schools

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The Austintown Board of Education announced the retirement of Superintendent Vincent S. Colaluca.

“The Board wants to congratulate Superintendent Colaluca on his retirement and thank him for 10 successful years as superintendent, serving the students and staff of Austintown,” said Marketing Specialist Brittany Bueno.

Colaluca has had many great accomplishments during his 10 year tenure.

He has provided the students of Austintown with 21st century education and led the Valley in academic programming.

Under Colaluca, the Austintown Schools have added many new academic programs such as the sixth- through twelfth-grade STEM Pathway, the kindergarten through fifth-grade STEM curriculum, the ninth-12th grade Business Pathway, the third-12th grade One to One Chromebook initiative, the kindergarten through second-grade technology initiative, the kindergarten through 12th grade Falcon Pride OnLine blended learning program, the kindergarten through 12th grade HOPE Alternative Program, the passage of Bond to build Austintown Elementary School and Austintown Intermediate School buildings and secured a $500,000 federal grant for the Austintown Falcon Mobile Medical Unit.

The most outstanding academic endeavors during Colaluca’s tenure include achieving “Excellent with Distinction” on the local report card, consecutively earning the “Momentum Award” from the Ohio Department of Education and earning the Federal Blue Ribbon Award for Watson Elementary.

Colaluca has received leadership accolades statewide such as the Buckeye Association School Administrators Exemplary Leadership Superintendent Award, the BASA Regional 4 Executive Committee Representative and the YSU Distinguished Alumni Educator Award.

The board along with Colaluca have also continued to address the needs of the facilities for all student activities, most recently investing 350,000 in the Fitch Auditorium and 2.3 million dollars to the Fitch Athletic Complex.

“Colaluca has represented the Austintown community and taxpayers with integrity and transparency. He has led the district in very tough financial times,” Bueno said.

The district has not received any new money for operations from the Austintown community since 1996, but through careful staffing and business decisions to generate revenue, academic programs have increased and modest cost of living increases have been provided for our staff.

“The Austintown Board of Education, Administrative Team, Staff and Students wish Mr. Colaluca best of luck in his retirement,” Bueno said.