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The First Ring Schools Collaborative (FRSC) is an association of 16 school districts that surround the city of Cleveland, Ohio and serving more than 100,000 students.   It was established in 2000.
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Our Goal:  
To help school districts address the interrelated challenges related to poverty, mobility, diversity, and the achievement gap. 

Who is the Collaborative?
Curriculum Directors - Facilitator: Lea Travis (ESC of Northeast Ohio)
Family and Community Engagement - Keith Langford/Lisa Hunt, Facilitators
High School Principals - Facilitator: Dave Laurenzi and Russ Bennett (ESC of Northeast Ohio)
Public Relations/Communications Directors - Facilitator: Charlene Paparizos (ESC of Northeast Ohio)
Pupil Services Directors - Facilitator: Rick Dillman (ESC of Northeast Ohio)
Safety/Security Directors - Larry Tomec (Ohio Schools Council)
Treasurers - Facilitator: Kent Zeman, Lakewood City Schools Treasurer

Task Forces:
Early Childhood Education - Facilitator: Tippi Foley (ESC of Northeast Ohio)
Career Readiness - Facilitator: Tippi Foley (ESC of Northeast Ohio)
Work Groups:
EMIS Shared Services - Facilitator: Patience Rush (CONNECT ITC)
Transportation - Facilitator: Hugh Quill (Public Performance Partners, ESC of Northeast Ohio contractor)

Leadership Academy - Coordinator: Bill Wagner (ESC of Northeast Ohio)
Student Leadership Institute - Coordinator: Wendy Jovan (ESC of Northeast Ohio)

Other areas the First Ring Schools Collaborative addresses…
Student Wellness - Mary Wise and Denise Pietrzak (ESC of Northeast Ohio)
Student Transition
Academic Achievement
School-Based Health Care

2022-2026 Strategic Plan

First Ring Schools Collaborative Board Members:

Ms. Elizabeth Kirby, Cleveland Heights-University Heights City Schools

Dr. Renee Willis, Richmond Heights Local Schools

Dr. David Glasner, Shaker Heights City Schools

Dr. Linda Reid, South Euclid Lyndhurst City Schools

Mr. Donald Jolly, Warrensville Heights City Schools

Bill Wagner

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