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Superintendent's Message

Dear Students and Families:

I hope you enjoyed the summer break. At PCLS, there’s been a lot of activity preparing the buildings and ground for the start of a new school year on August 16th. Our new teachers and staff have been hired and will be a welcomed addition to our PCLS family.

What can you do to get ready for the new school year?

  1. Please update your contact information to ensure phone messages are reaching the correct phone number.
  2. Check out the website once each week for upcoming events.
  3. Get involved---we can’t succeed without YOU.
  4. Set goals to communicate with your child’s teacher(s).

The 2017-2018 school year offers all of our students many opportunities to make PCLS a GREAT PLACE to LEARN!

Proud to be serving as your Superintendent! #PainesvillePride

Yours in education,

John T. Shepard

John T. Shepard
As Superintendent, he is responsible for all day-to-day operations of the school district as well as long-range planning for the district. His primary focus is the safety of our students and to enhance the student achievement of the diverse student population in our schools.
Superintendent Shepard’s educational career spans 30 years and includes teaching and administrative experience at the high school, district and university levels, many in central and southern Ohio.  He has worked with schools in the areas of curriculum and instruction, staff development, data analysis, continuous improvement and strategic planning. He is bilingual in English and Spanish.

Superintendent Shepard holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Spanish from Ohio University and a Master of Arts degree in Education from Muskingum College. He obtained his EdS. in Administrative and Superintendent license at the Franciscan University of Steubenville. He was named a Martha Holden Jennings Scholar in 1998 and has participated as a Fulbright Administrator Exchange to Uruguay and Argentina. In September 2016, Shepard was part of a delegation of administrators to Germany sponsored by the Zfa/German Central Agency for Schools.  He serves as President of the Painesville Rotary, Board of Directors for Downtown Painesville Organization, Board of Directors for Lifeline, and Habitat for Humanity.