March 13, 2002

"Former Fairless High School Principal Recognized" Canton, Ohio

From: Stark Education Partnership
Contact: Jean Wales, Communications/Operations Manager
Phone: (330) 452-0829
Fax: (330) 452-2009

At its March meeting the Board of Directors of the Stark Education Partnership recognized Mr. Richard Hull, Curriculum Director, Fairless Local Schools for his accomplishments while Principal of Fairless High School.

Chair, Judge W. Don Reader, presented a plaque to Mr. Hull "In recognition for your outstanding work in organizing the entire Fairless Community to support student academic achievement through the Community Care Team concept".

Mr. Hull credits the successes at Fairless High School over the past nine years to "A unified theory of command and the joining together of public agencies designed to help children and families solve problems and overcome barriers to success."

"At Fairless we bring mental health, drug and alcohol services, parent mentoring, family services, the juvenile court and the sheriff's department under one roof to team up with some of our own staff to produce what we call a Care Team. Constant communication and excellent record-keeping facilitate the ability to immediately provide intervention through academic, behavioral and social services designed to solve problems and meet individual needs."

Mike Johnson, Executive Director the Child & Adolescent Service Center, one of the participating social service agencies, says that "one reason the Community Care Team concept is so successful is the daily interaction between teachers and Care Team members - each knows what is happening with the students. Each student has an individual plan and their progress is regularly monitored and evaluated. If necessary, the plan is adjusted."

Mr. Hull said "The bottom line is to provide intervention services for any student who is not being successful academically, socially, emotionally or behaviorally. It takes a community to be responsible in order not to leave any child behind. This is the kind of coordinated program that should be in place in every school. Our children are our future, and they should be our number one investment."

Hull accepted the recognition on behalf of the entire Community Care Team consisting of Mental Health Counselor, Gale Bailis, of the Child & Adolescent Service Center; Family Liaison-Parent Mentor, Sue Burdge, of Family Services; Tutors & After School Program Aides, Debbie Self, Deb Miller, and Matt Klingler; Stark County Sheriff Deputy, William Paul III, of the COPS in Schools Program; and Truancy Officer, Matt Elvin.

Stark Education Partnership
220 Market Avenue South, Suite 350
Canton, Ohio 44702-2171
Phone: (330) 452-0829
Fax: (330) 452-2009