On behalf of our school community and Board of Trustees it is with great sadness that we share the news of the passing of our dear friend, mentor, and former leader, Dr. Ric Frataccia. Endeared as “Doc” to many, his legacy lives on in the work we continue in his honor. It is not lost on anyone that Doc was the driving force behind the referenda that helped bring this district into the future for our students.
Dr. Frataccia dedicated his life to education and the love of his family. He demonstrated dedication and compassion and was a tireless advocate for kids. He was an educator and a leader in this community for 30 years, and during that time, he taught us all something.
Doc’s leadership in education reaches far beyond the boundaries of Valparaiso. It would be difficult to travel to any part of Indiana and not find someone who shares our great admiration for his contributions to the children he served.
Doc led by example and encouraged each of us to give our best and truly embodied the spirit of "We Are Valpo!" Doc is well loved and will be greatly missed. Our prayers and thoughts are with his family at this difficult time. We mourn the loss, but celebrate all that he left behind in and for each and every one of us. We are blessed to have known this great man and leader.
Please help us celebrate Doc’s life and the impact he had on all of us by leaving a message of remembrance for all to enjoy.