Nick Trombetta, father of PA Cyber Schools, Buckeye Online School for Success (BOSS), the Lincoln Park Performing Arts Center and the National Network for Digital Schools, as well as a noted area wrestling coach.
He received his bachelor’s degree in Education from Slippery Rock University and his master’s degree from the University of Dayton. When he took over as head wrestling coach at East Liverpool High School in 1980, the Potter team had won only one dual meet in the previous three seasons. Over 12 seasons his team amassed a dual meet record of 149-24-1, including three undefeated seasons. He won coach of the year honors 11 times at county, league and district levels.
Dr. Trombetta is the chief architect and CEO of Pennsylvania’s first and most successful Internet-based K-12 charter school. With a charter sponsored by the Midland School Board, but starting without map or blueprint, the Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School opened for the 2000-2001 academic year with hopes of serving 25 to 50 students in Midland and Beaver County. Within five months, enrollment was over 500. Today, PA Cyber serves nearly 8,000 students from every part of the Commonwealth, and employs more than 400 teachers, administrators and staff. The PA Cyber model was used to create Bu ckeye Online School for Success, an Ohio cyber school which has grown to an enrollment of 1,500.
In June 2006, a four-year planning and building campaign initiated and led by Dr. Trombetta culminated in the opening of the Lincoln Park Performing Arts Center in Midland, a $30 million,122,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art performance and educational facility. Dr. Trombetta also created the National Network of Digital Schools, a charitable management foundation which employs 200 and helps schools anywhere respond to the unique needs of 21st Century learners.