Thursday, April 04, 2002

IT high school's success draws governor's praise

By Jennifer Mrozowski,
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        Gov. Bob Taft on Wednesday recognized the achievements being made at the West End's redesigned Robert A. Taft Information Technology High School.

[photo] Gov. Bob Taft talks with students from the West End's redesigned Robert A. Taft Information Technology High School after a Wednesday business luncheon.
(Ernest Coleman photo)
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        The 780-student school, which in August launched its new focus on information technology, this year has shown a 60 percent increase in the number of students on the A/B honor roll.

        In urban schools in Ohio, “too many students are falling behind and dropping out,” Mr. Taft said. “Under (Superintendent) Steve Adamowski's bold leadership, Cincinnati Public Schools are clearly moving in the right direction.”

        He called the district a leader in restructuring failing schools. In addition to Taft High, Cincinnati Public Schools is redesigning four more of its lowest performing neighborhood high schools.

        Mr. Taft acknowledged the business partnerships that made the restructuring possible.

        The school partners with Cincinnati Bell and CincyTechUSA, the regional technology growth initiative of the Greater Cincinnati Chamber of Commerce. Together, they worked with the district to transform the former Taft High School into an information technology institute. Taft students can receive training and certification in cutting-edge computer technology.

        As part of the partnership, Cincinnati Bell volunteers last summer and this school year donated thousands of hours to fix up the school and its grounds. The company is also offering student scholarships and has donated wireless phones, laptop computers and Internet access to juniors and seniors who achieve a 3.25 or higher grade-point average. Sophomores and freshmen receive CD cases and gift certificates.


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