PORTAGE | Portage Township Schools Superintendent E. Ric Frataccia has been named the Indiana Association of Public School Superintendents 2014 District I Superintendent of the Year.
Winners are selected by other superintendents in their district who consider the qualifications and accomplishments of area colleagues and their instructional leadership in a time of limited financial resources.
Portage Township Schools is the largest and most diverse school system in Porter County. With nearly 60 percent of its children qualifying for free and reduced-price meals, the district has earned a state rating of exemplary or "A" for the past three years.
Under Frataccia’s leadership the district has implemented significant changes in curriculum, instruction and assessment practices which have helped to fuel the growth in student achievement.
Frataccia has served as Portage schools superintendent since 2012. He formerly served as the district’s assistant superintendent, was superintendent in Union Township Schools and an administrator at Valparaiso Community Schools.
He is a member of the Association of Supervision of Curriculum Development and of the Indiana School Boards Association. He earned a bachelor's in science degree from the State University of New York Oswego, N.Y., received his master’s and doctoral degrees from Ball State University and also did postgraduate work at Indiana University, Texas A & M and the University of California-Los Angeles.