Superintendent Tales 5-12-2020
The end of this
very strange school year for students is Thursday, May 21. I would like to again thank our students,
families, teachers, aides, secretaries, food service workers, custodians,
drivers, and administrators for making the best of a terrible situation. Also, I want to thank the voters of the
community, who overwhelmingly supported the income tax renewal for another four
years. The district is humbled by the
continued support of our students even during these hard economic times.
Seniors are to
return their chromebooks and any other school materials to the school offices
starting on May 15th from 8 AM - 4 PM and May 18 &19 from 8 AM - 8 PM.
Students will use the designated door indicated (door #1 or #2 ) to drop off
materials. A visual check of the
computer bag, charging cord, and chromebook will be completed by a staff member
on duty. A more thorough check of the
operation of the chromebook will be done by tech staff in the day or two after
returning equipment. Additional
materials need to be returned during these times too.
students are allowed to keep their chromebooks during the summer. The security
system of the chromebook will revert back to the typical school use. If you have a question or an issue with a
chromebook during the summer break, contact the board office at 937-526-4773,
ext. 6005, or email firstname.lastname@example.org to inform the school.
You may be required to bring in the chromebook during the summer to fix an issue. Before or at the start of school, depending
on how the school is allowed to open, all student chromebooks will be checked
by district tech staff to verify equipment is in proper working order. You may
also return the chromebook to the Board of Education office during the summer
The school building
will be closed to all activity until further notice. The Board of Education
offices will be open during the summer. Please call ahead at 937-526-4773 to
make sure the person you need is available to meet.
Service, in partnership with the state and federal government, will be able to
provide weekly food support for students during the summer. If you are in need
of food support during this time, please contact Mrs. Debra Didier at 937-526-4427,
ext. 5000, or email email@example.com.
The district is
waiting for guidance from the state as we look forward to the opening of the
2020-2021 school year. I believe we have
been given some signals from Governor DeWine that a hybrid start is likely.
What is a hybrid schedule? From what I
hear from the Governor, it is where part of a class is in session, while
another part of the class is at home. The students could alternate days of
attendance. In addition, changes in
transportation, food service, and custodial cleaning will have to undergo
changes to meet expected guidelines. I
am seeking to have a couple of parents from the elementary, middle, and high
school as representatives to a committee for input into a plan for a hybrid
start to the school year.
Recently, the state
reduced funding to the district by $235,974 for the last two months of the
fiscal year, which ends June 30th.
Governor DeWine indicated the cuts were made now so future cuts are “not
more dramatic”. Given the state of the
economy, the district is expecting cuts to continue into the next fiscal
year. As revenue from state and local
sources become less, the district will need to reduce expenditures while
maintaining student programs to provide the quality education our students
deserve and the community expects. The district’s financial rainy day funds
have been built up over the past eight years with the expectation to pay off
the building debt early. However, given
the unprecedented times, some of the funds will be needed to keep the district
strong now and for the future. Decisions will be made by the board of education
as information becomes known.
In order to
continue to communicate with the community, I will host Zoom meetings on:
May 19th @ 9 AM, 3
May 20th @ 12 PM, 5
PM, 8 PM
Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
to get the password for the meeting you would like to participate in. You are also able to call me at 937-621-1810
to ask questions or provide thoughts.
Thank you again for
your continued efforts to handle the crisis the country has been in for the
past 8 weeks.