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New principal hired at ACE high school

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Architecture, Construction and Engineering (ACE) Charter High School students will be greeted by a new principal when they return to campus in August.

Joe Clausi, the assistant principal of a technical high school in New York, will replace Principal Ron Fischer, who resigned last spring. ACE high school has been under the direction of two interim principals since Fischer’s departure.

Roger Rice, secretary of the ACE school board, said Fisher resigned for “personal reasons” and accepted a position as principal of Red Bluff High School in Northern California.

Fisher was ACE charter school’s first principal when the school opened in August 2010.

Rice interviewed Clausi after Fisher resigned in mid-April and said he was struck by Clausi’s drive to help students succeed.

“(Clausi) is one of the most dynamic administrators I’ve ever come across,” Rice said. “He is energetic and has a real passion for working with kids.”

Clausi has been an educator and administrator for the past 15 years.

The 35-year-old New York native earned bachelor’s degrees in secondary education and English from the State University of New York in Cortland. He later earned a master’s degree in education and administration from Touro College in Manhattan, N.Y.

Before being hired at ACE Charter School, Clausi was an assistant principal at Astor Collegiate Academy in Bronx, N.Y., and assistant principal of Food and Finance High School in Manhattan.

Clausi met with the ACE faculty members on May 30 and greeted students during a campus assembly the following day.

“There is a very young and enthusiastic teaching staff at ACE,” Clausi said. “The teachers are willing to try new things. They’re putting in a lot of time and effort into the kids and truly care about how the students do in the classroom.”

Clausi said he looks forward to offering more Advanced Placement classes to the ACE curriculum.

“I’d like to have all the subject areas include AP classes to establish our school as a place where colleges will know the students are well prepared coming out of high school,” Clausi said.

The new principal also plans to “hit the ground running” and establish more local business partnerships to provide future career opportunities for ACE students.

“I’m looking to use those business relationships to create internships and partnerships and establish an intrinsic motivation in our students to want to do better in school because they are making the connection that the payoff will be their college and career readiness.”

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