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  • Category: OAC
  • Published on Friday, 15 February 2013 10:12

 Morgan Local School District part of the

 Ohio Appalachian Collaborative

Morgan Local School District is proud to be part of the Ohio Appalachian Collaborative (OAC) [link to:]. The OAC is a collaboration of 21 Appalachian school districts serving more than 34,000 students, working to ensure all students have access to a high-quality education and graduate prepared for college and careers.


Powered by Ohio's Race to the Top [link to:] grant and supported by Battelle for Kids, the OAC is focusing on strengthening educator effectiveness and college- and career-readiness for all students.


OAC Impact

OAC districts, and their students, are making considerable strides. In the 2011-2012 school year, more OAC districts met Ohio’s highest local report card rating of Excellent with Distinction than other Appalachian-area districts not in the OAC. Also, in 2011-2012 40 percent of OAC districts made more than a year’s worth of academic growth with students, up from 15 percent in the 2010-2011 school year.



McConnelsville—Morgan Local School District, in conjunction with New Lexington School District and Crooksville Exempted Village School District, received a $40,000 grant from AT&T for their Rural Ohio College High Schools (ROCHS) program.  The ROCHS program started in the spring of 2012 with a $500,000 Race to the Top (RttT) grant and a collaborative effort between these three school districts.


The ROCHS grant provides early college opportunities for students.  Beginning with the 2012-2013 school year, students in grades 7, 9 and 11 began an “expedited and compacted curriculum” to complete their high school credits before entering the 11th grade.  For succeeding years, qualifying students in all grades, 7-12, will be participating in the expedited and compacted curriculum. The expectation is that they will be able to earn college credit for their classwork during both 11th and 12th grades at their “home” high schools.  Consequently, the goal is for students to earn either an Associate’s Degree or a college junior standing in addition to their traditional high school diploma when they graduate from high school.


“We appreciate the support of AT&T for our ROCHS program.  We will use these funds to promote our efforts to help students leave high school in a “college and career ready” fashion.  ROCHS gives our students the confidence and the vision they need to pursue higher educational opportunities.  We hope to be able to offer more ROCHS  programming at more grade levels and to more students in the future.”


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Morgan Local School District part of the Ohio TIF  


Morgan Local School District is partnering with 22 Ohio school districts, Battelle for Kids, and the Ohio Department of Education to identify, recognize, and reward excellent educators.


Effective teachers matter - great teachers and leaders have a significant impact on student academic performance. Through Ohio TIF, our district is receiving support to recognize educators for their impact on students, increase educator effectiveness, and help all students graduate college- and career-ready.


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