Poling got the
Manning quit on the heels of the indictment of the school's founder,
Trombetta also founded
Manning hasn't been charged criminally, but identified herself as vice president of one of the companies Trombetta used as his "retirement account," according to U.S. Attorney
The school is no longer tied to Trombetta.
Poling is focused on educating
During the process of picking a new CEO, Shovlin said it became apparent that staff members respected Poling and that he's "an effective leader."
"There were no hiccups; no bumps in the road" during Poling's tenure as interim CEO, Shovlin said.
Poling will serve double-duty and also work as principal of the school for the time being, something that will save the school money, although other administrative changes may take place to lessen Poling's workload, Shovlin said.
Lincoln Park is counting on Poling to lead it "to the next levels," he said, emphasizing more than one level the school aims to rise above.
"The school's in great shape," Shovlin said.
Poling, 49, lives in
He's also worked as a teacher and head football coach at
Poling said he "loves to come to work" each day at Lincoln Park.
"It's a special place to be," he said. "The students are just awesome. They really are. It's a joy to come to work."
His philosophy is to keep the focus on the students.
"Education doesn't have to be as complicated as a lot of people make it out to be if you just make decisions in the best interest of the students," Poling said. "The hardest thing to do is for the teacher to make a connection with the kids."
He's grown with the school, he said, and "this is a job I was ready for."
The school's working this summer on a strategic plan and setting goals for the future.
"It's actually a pretty exciting time," Poling said.
There are also challenges, as state leaders debate how charter schools should be funded in
"We just ask that everybody get treated the same," he said of brick-and-mortar public and charter schools.
Lincoln Park's students come from 75 different school districts in seven counties. It has a
Because its students choose to attend the school, leaders at Lincoln Park have a built-in accountability that other public schools don't face, he said.
"We are truly here to take care of the kids, because they don't have to be here," he said. "If everybody operated like that, it wouldn't be as complicated."
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