Hi everyone! I know it has been a busy few months, including my marriage and graduations in May and early June, so I apologize for being slow to update you. Here are some key items from the past quarter.
Our District is planning to initiate a bond issue for the Fall 2018 Ballot to secure funding for the construction of 4 middle schools, renovation of Jackson Middle, and renovation of East Franklin Elementary. We hosted several community input sessions at the different middle schools to discuss the renovations, as well as redistricting from the reopening of EFES and the planned expansion of Bolton Crossing ES. I was glad to attend some of these to hear community opinions, as well as during the continuation of Take Part Thursdays.
In Students, Schools and Community, we have largely approved a number of field trips. One student organization is even going to Iceland next spring to learn about the unique geothermal environment there. I'm always excited to be a part of approving special opportunities for our students to see the world around them, as there are often no greater learning opportunities than those gained firsthand.
I'm very proud that our school board, at my suggestion, made an update to our District's policy language on non-discrimination to include gender identity. I also attended, in an early celebration of Pride Month, Gay-Straight Alliance meetings at Franklin Heights and Central Crossing High Schools. It was a fantastic experience to share my own story, and hear the stories of students who are proud to be who they are.
All of this lead up to late May and early June, with the graduations of all four high schools at the Ohio Expo Center, as well as special graduations of the South-Western Career Academy, Project SEARCH, and a number of award ceremonies celebrating student achievement. Just a few photos from these wonderful events are shown below. It gave me such pride to hear what our students plan to do next, from entering the military, to the workforce, to college. The over 1,200 graduates we now send into the world are some of the most prepared in Ohio - of that I have no doubt!