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Director of Development Valerie Heiby

Director of Development
Valerie Heiby

I have been privileged to serve on the Board of Directors for Franklinton Preparatory Academy (FPA) for the past 5 years and the benefits have been unsurpassable.  This experience has allowed me to network with community partners and be a part of a great organization.  I knew the importance of this role at FPA was in its early stages of growth and spent many hours reviewing the finances, attending meetings and school functions, planning events, assisting students with fundraising, and marketing and advocating for FPA.

FPA was established in 2013.  It is a tuition-free public charter high school for grades 9-12 offering several programs such as Hybrid Learning, College Credit Plus and Robotics. This institution helps to develop relationships within and among the members of their learning community and focuses on creative arts and bringing in outside experts to enrich student life.  An annual study co-authored by Johns Hopkins University says the U.S. high school graduation rate is at an all-time high: 83%, however the report also found that Ohio’s graduation rate has stalled.  The primary vision is to increase graduation rates in the Franklinton area which has a high school graduation rate of 26%.  Franklinton is an economically distressed underserved community characterized by a poverty rate of 55%, a median family income equal to 59%, and an unemployment rate of 25%.

Over the past 5 years, I have enjoyed my time of service and have seen students accomplish amazing things. This year a total of 46 FPA students graduated and I wish each and every one of them all the best. Since FPA’s inception, a total of 125 students have graduated. Currently, FPA is accepting 2018-2019 applications for students seeking an alternative education opportunity.  To apply, visit https://franklintonprep.org/apply/ or call 614-636-3721 to schedule a tour.

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