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PCLS Academic Program Update 2022
Please view the 2022 update on PCLS student achievement, programming, and key initiatives, linked below.
Student Achievement                 00:50
Student Growth                           11:56
Gap Closing (Subgroup Goals)   15:08 
Early Literacy                                 23:50
Graduation                                    28:23
Student Opportunities                 30:44
Key Initiatives for 2022-23           38:46



Painesville City presents a richness of experience and opportunity that is unavailable in many communities. It is a community that I am proud to call my home, and I am honored to be able to serve it.


We work extremely hard each day in our schools to support our students as individuals in an effort to continually push them to higher levels of skill and achievement. The success of these efforts relies upon multiple essential elements. Students must feel safe and supported at school, teachers and students must persevere when learning is challenging, and there must be a trusting, positive relationship between the school and families. We take our responsibility to provide for each of these components very seriously and recognize that open lines of communication are the bedrock upon which they are built.


We never want any stakeholder to feel like he or she is not part of the process of delivering on our district mission of “engaging all students today for tomorrow's world”. I invite your participation in our schools, be it through volunteering, sharing ideas, or supporting our students as they compete and perform.


Please do not hesitate to contact my office with questions or concerns you may have. I look forward to continuing to work together to build a strong community and to provide our students with an exceptional educational experience. 



Joshua M. Englehart, EdS, PhD



JoshJoshua M. Englehart, EdS., Ph.D.
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.
Dr. Englehart is in his tenth year with Painesville City Schools, serving as Assistant Superintendent before being appointed as Superintendent. Prior to working in Painesville City, he served as a principal with Warren City Schools and as a school improvement consultant with the Ohio Department of Education, after a ten-year career as a teacher and coach.
In addition to his Bachelor's degree in education, Dr. Englehart has earned a Master's degree in Curriculum and Instruction, an Educational Specialist degree in Educational Administration, and his PhD. in Urban Education. He has been very active in the field of educational research, having presented at various statewide educational conferences, and having been published ten times in professional journals and books. Dr. Englehart has lived in Painesville City for 23 years, and his three children have always attended Painesville City Schools.