On Tuesday, January 22nd, we went to the Paradigm at Mentor High School for a Mentor Chamber of Commerce Luncheon in which Mr. William Porter, the Superintendent of the Mentor Schools, gave the annual “State of the Schools” address. Mr. Porter reviewed the vision for the district: “Together we will ensure a safe learning environment; provide a balanced, high quality education; maximize district resources, and encourage strong community partnerships.” Mr. Porter then talked about how successful partnerships have been formed and will continue to be formed between the students, faculty, and various community members including business leaders which will help the students as they make plans for either higher education or employment after graduation from high school.
He also expressed pride in the high academic achievements of the Mentor Schools which serve approximately 7,500 students and the fact that the district has performed well fiscally as evidenced by its the 9th consecutive “perfect audit” that it received from the Auditor of the State of Ohio.
Of course, Mr. Porter talked about the various innovative programs developed to enhance the educational experience. Of these, what was most interesting to us was a “kindness rally” that took place in October, 2018 in which brought some 600 students together to enhance their abilities as leaders. Subsequently, they will go forth and convey to their classmates the virtues of diversity, kindness, acceptance, and inclusion. This way, they will further their school’s mission of “Inspiring students today to reach their potential tomorrow.”