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New name for the new school year

Alissa Widman Neese • Jul 8, 2014 at 11:00 AM


Compass Academy is heading in a new direction.

As of July 1, the online high school has taken on a new name — Sandusky Digital Academy — as well as new leadership, according to a recent news release.

Sandusky Schools now will operate the program completely, following recommendations of a district-wide Transformation Plan from superintendent Eugene Sanders.

The alternative school is set to begin its third school year soon.

North Point Educational Service Center previously operated the program through a partnership with the district.

"We are very excited to offer a world-class, global experience, preparing (our students) for their next step of being happy, productive and contributing members of our community," Sanders said.

Sandusky Digital Academy will still remain housed in the bottom floor of the former Adams Junior High School building on Columbus Avenue, according to the news release.

The school specifically targets students ages 14 to 22 who don't fit the mold of a traditional classroom education.

Some examples include teen parents, bullying victims, working students and high school drop-outs.

Students independently complete assignments at their own pace, with occasional guidance from classroom teachers, which provides the flexibility some need to succeed.

After earning enough credits, Sandusky Digital Academy graduates receive a Sandusky High School diploma. During their time with the school, they are considered district students and can participate in extracurricular activities.

Sandusky Schools receives as much as $5,700 in state funding for any student who open enrolls to Sandusky Digital Academy from another school district. Funds are deducted from a student's home district and ultimately depend on enrollment time.

New administrators appointed

To prepare for the upcoming changes at Sandusky Digital Academy, Sandusky Schools has appointed two administrators to manage the alternative program.  

Todd Peugeot will lead the Sandusky Digital Academy as its principal, receiving an annual salary of $93,200, district treasurer Kevin Robertson said.

Peugeot is currently an assistant principal at Sandusky High School.

Recent hire Colin Irish, meanwhile, will be the academy's school and community liaison, a new position focused on recruiting and retaining new students. 

Irish served in a similar position for Vermilion Schools, where he helped manage the district's online high school.

He will receive $51,300 a year with Sandusky Schools, Robertson said. Irish will also be the school's varsity boys basketball coach.

The following teachers will also work at Sandusky Digital Academy in the upcoming school year: Diane Bryant, social studies; Kristina Mitchell, science; Sarah Prout, English; Rodger Cliff, math.

Want to enroll?

Sandusky Digital Academy's summer classes begin July 21. Classes are 9 to 11:30 a.m. during summer months.

Call 419-984-1000 for more information or to enroll.

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