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June 12, 2020

Statement Regarding the Death of George Floyd

Dear ACCEL Staff & Community,

The horrific death of George Floyd coupled with other events that recently occurred in this country are heartbreaking. The video of his death is one of the most horrifying things we have seen in our lives. We grieve. We also acknowledge that many of our employees and students have experienced racism firsthand. This tragedy serves as a grim reminder that as a society, we still have a long way to go to stomp out racism. We want to make it clear that we are committed to fighting against racism and discrimination, and want to assure you that it has no place in our company or at our schools, and it will not be tolerated. We must strive to be inclusive in every way, and we will be planning professional development programs on this topic which will be delivered this summer to our entire school and corporate staff.

We also believe we have an obligation beyond what most companies have. We have consciously chosen to manage schools in some of the most disadvantaged areas of the country and the world. While many school operators avoid these areas, we seek them out. To our surprise and dismay, we are often asked why. The answer is simple. We want to help the children who need it most. Maria and I set out to do this when we founded the company and we have never wavered. If our company does not provide our most vulnerable students with a quality education, they may not have a chance at economic success. A society that does not give every child this chance is, by definition, unjust. The opportunity to succeed must exist regardless of a child’s skin color or economic situation. Unfortunately, far too many children do not have this opportunity.

As we all mourn the death of Mr. Floyd, let us look inward and outward to make sure we are inclusive in our work environments and in our schools. Let us also do our part to end the senseless racism that exists in our society, empower all our students with the belief that they can succeed in the world, and give our students the knowledge and skills they need. Most of all, let us hope and pray they will experience a society in their lifetime where these tragedies no longer occur, and human beings are judged as Dr. King hoped they would be judged someday: “by the content of their character and not the color of their skin.”

Ron Packard

June 1, 2020
May 4, 2020

All Teachers Properly Certified & Licensed

All teachers meet the educator qualification requirements outlined in the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) and Ohio Revised Code: Bachelor’s degree, grade-level teaching license/certificate & ability to demonstrate subject area expertise.

May 1, 2020
May 17, 2019

Letter to Parents 5/17/19

Dear Parents & Guardians,

We want to acknowledge that CATA has been in the local news over the past several hours, and to assure you that the safety and security of our students and school campus remain our top priority.

Further to our letter home to you earlier this week, we want to confirm that a high school teacher was arrested in the CATA parking lot on Monday. In accordance with the law, we took immediate action to suspend his employment as soon as the authorities made us aware of the charges. Law enforcement has indicated that the charges were related to activity outside of the school and do not involve CATA students/stakeholders. We are still awaiting further information from law enforcement and will continue to act in accordance with the law.

Today is our last school day for high school students, and Wednesday will be our last school day for the rest of our students, as previously scheduled. As we end the year, it is our wish that the recent news will not overshadow the tremendous accomplishments of this school year. We feel particularly proud of the strong academic accomplishments achieved by our students, teachers and staff:

  • 100% of our senior students have been accepted to 4-year universities
  • 100% of our senior students are graduating high school
  • Students are graduating with college credits/transcripts in addition to high school credits
  • Personal and academic growth across all grade levels as evidenced by the confidence we saw in yesterday’s talent show and throughout our various end-of-year projects and events

We look forward to reconvening for the 2019-2020 school year in August, and we wish every family a wonderful summer break! We welcome you to be in touch during the summer if you have any questions or concerns. You may stop by or call us at the office: (614) 577-0900.

In Your Service,
CATA School Administration