Leetonia principal earns recognition

LEETONIA- A local school administrator has been recognized for the academic improvement at his school.

Troy Radinsky, principal for grades five through 12 at Leetonia schools, was named the Ohio Middle Level East Regional Educator of the Year by the Ohio Middle Level Association at its annual state conference Feb. 21 in Sandusky.

The award, which recognizes best middle level practices, honored Leetonia’s middle school improvement on the Ohio Department of Education’s (ODE) local report card from continuous improvement to excellent with distinction in two years.

According to the OMLA, Radinsky “has created a model climate of what school improvement requires. He has developed a shared leadership model that is based on data driven decision making and job embedded professional development. He always goes above and beyond what is expected for students, staff and the community.”

Radinsky, however, gave credit to the school body as a whole.

“There are no individual awards,” he said following Thursday’s school board meeting. “[This award] is a representation of the hard-working commitment of the teaching staff and outstanding efforts of the student population. Our teaching staff is second to none, not only in caring, but in improving student achievement. And the students and their families, parents, need recognized, too.”

Radinsky said that he believes Leetonia schools is ahead of the pace in creating assessments, utilizing data, having web-based assessments and working with the transition to course standards.

“The ultimate goal is to do everything we can to provide the teachers and students the direction and resources to improve student achievement,” he said.

Radinsky is in his fifth year as high school principal at Leetonia, the second as principal for grades five through 12.

Most Improved Building: In addition to Radinsky’s award, the middle school was also given the most improved building award by the Eastern Ohio P-16 Partnership for Education Council in December for its improvement on the local report card. The region includes Ashland, Trumbull, Mahoning and Columbiana counties.

Radinsky also credited the award as a collective effort by staff, administration, students and parents.