As I travel around our construction site of a campus it is clear that we have transitioned from the hot start of school to the soon to be cold heart of our school year. It is really exciting to see our students and teachers engaged in 21st Century learning in our classrooms.
While we are living in a time of great change through our society’s adoption of new technology, our mission at school continues to be one in which we prepare our students to be successful in the world they will inherit from us and that mission requires all of our support to be successful.
I am proud to lead our community’s school. The commitment of our parents, our neighbors and our entire community is apparent and allows us to provide excellent educational opportunities for our children and young adults. Through these efforts, I am pleased to report to you both as our school superintendent and as a fellow Northwood tax payer that our district is presently on stable financial footing and providing excellent educational opportunities. We will continue to do our best to manage costs and only come back for additional operating money when it becomes a necessity.
As you can see when you visit our campus, the new school project has been moving ahead since the ground breaking in October. Much of the excavation work for our new school including the building pad is complete. Foundations and the building itself will commence as soon as weather permits in 2016. The 2017-2018 school year and the opening of the new school will be here before we know it. Keep in mind that because of construction, the 2016-2017 school year will be compressed (same number of school days, but short breaks) to allow for a longer summer in 2017 to fit the project into the timeline that has been established. I encourage you to check our website and to follow our building project on Instagram at ranger_construction to see pictures of the progress as we move forward through the building of our new school.
You may remember that over the years, I devote some space to our state’s decisions around school choice in Ohio and the impact decisions made in Columbus around this issue have on our local school. In the past several months scandals around charter schools have been in the headlines again and have led to the resignation of a top official at the Ohio Department of Education. As citizens, I encourage you to learn as much as you can about the changing landscape of schools in Ohio from as many sources as you can find and to demand the best solutions for the education of Ohio’s children from our state legislature and Governor.
Enjoy this holiday season with friends and family!
As always, I welcome your questions, comments and suggestions.
Gregory A. Clark