FDA Graduation News January 2014
Sixteen seniors to graduate from Fairborn Digital Academy
Executive Director retiring
On Thursday, January 23, sixteen seniors will receive their high school diplomas from Fairborn Digital Academy, a public charter e-school serving high school students with individualized learning plans for all of its students. The school accepts students from a 50-mile radius who are struggling in their current schools or those who need to learn in a lower key, more individualized environment than traditional high schools. Graduating are:
FDA equips each student with coaches and tutors, assessments, computers, educational software, and internet access necessary to facilitate focused optimum online learning. All of the students have the option of coming into school five days a week, and after-hours tutoring is available. Bus transportation for Fairborn residents and lunches are available through a contract with Fairborn City Schools.
Robert Grimshaw, Executive Director and a lifetime educator, will retire on February 1 of this year. “Providing Fairborn area students with an alternative to out-of-touch statewide online schools was the reason we founded FDA in 2002. The Fairborn City School Board wanted to sponsor a locally controlled online community school that would give our students high touch educational opportunities. Each year we have evaluated our performance and made changes to serve students better. FDA continues to be among the highest-rated online schools in Ohio. As I am retiring for a second time after 43 years in education, I am proud of what we have accomplished.”
Dottie Meade, an FDA Board member and career development specialist at the Greene County Career Center, is expected to succeed Grimshaw in the position.