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August 14, 2009

Hello everyone,

With less than two weeks to go before the start of the 2009-2010 school year and so much happening in our District, I am writing to update you with the latest information on important District news:

November 2009 Operating Levy

As you are already aware, residents of the Olmsted communities – including residents of parts of Berea, Columbia Station and North Olmsted who live within Olmsted Falls School District boundaries and pay Olmsted Falls School District taxes – will vote on an operating levy November 3, 2009.   At a meeting held last night, the Olmsted Falls Board of Education finalized the millage amount for this critical operating levy.  Board members voted unanimously to pass a resolution placing a 6.4 mill property tax levy before voters in November to generate needed funds for operational expenses.

I again invite and encourage all parents to attend the Levy Campaign / Information Meeting this Tuesday, August 18th at 7:00 p.m. in the Olmsted Falls Middle School Media Center for additional information on this 6.4 mill operating levy and its critical impact on our District.

This 6.4 mill levy is significantly smaller than the previous 9.9 mill operating levy placed before voters in February 2009.   Just as our community has had to tighten its belt, we, as a District, are doing the same while attempting to keep in tact the outstanding educational program we provide to more than 3,750 students each school day.  Since the failure of the last levy, District officials have continued with ongoing cost-saving and cost-cutting efforts through the implementation of the District’s Educational Reduction PlanAs part of this extensive reduction plan, all District administrators, teachers and support staff have taken a wage freeze as well as insurance concessions.

It is primarily the wage freeze and insurance savings, coupled with the temporary infusion of the ARRA (American Recovery & Reconstruction Act) federal stimulus funds, that have enabled us to lower the millage rate while still maintaining our staff levels, and thereby the quality of our educational program.  Please keep in mind that the federal stimulus dollars provide our District with a one-time, one-year only “bandage approach” to financial shortfalls.  We will continue to assess the need for implementation of further financial reductions to maximize efficiencies and minimize the burden on our taxpayers during these challenging economic times.

The 6.4 mill levy is anticipated to last through the 2012-2013 school year.  The cost of the 6.4 mill levy will be $98 per half for a $100,000 home.  The cost per half for owners of a $150,000 home will be $147; $196 per half for owners of $200,000 home; and $245 per half for owners of a $250,000 home.

Record-Breaking Summer Readers

The Olmsted Falls Schools and the Olmsted Falls Library have a strong, positive relationship.  Promotion of the library’s annual summer reading program to our Pre-K through 8th grade students at the end of this school year yielded record-breaking results in terms of participant levels for our community.  I am pleased to report that this summer 2,862 children participated in the Olmsted Falls Library’s summer reading program, an increase of 545% over last year’s 536 participants for the same age groups!  Library officials estimate that there was an average of 8-10 hours spent reading per child.  This means our kids read for a total of approximately 23,000 to 29,000 hours this summer!

I want to congratulations all those students who participated and commend our parents for supporting reading as a priority this summer.  Great job Bulldog readers!

Class List Postings / Student Schedules

Class assignments for kindergarten students attending Olmsted Falls Early Childhood Center will be posted on the building website at www.ofcs.net by the close of business on Wednesday, August 19th.

Class assignments for students in grades 1 to 3 attending Falls-Lenox Primary School will be posted on the building website at www.ofcs.net by the close of business on Wednesday, August 19th.

Class assignments for students in grades 4 and 5 attending Olmsted Falls Intermediate School will be posted on the building website at www.ofcs.net by the close of business on Friday, August 14th.   Additionally, a letter from Principal Svec has been mailed home containing important back-to-school information related to the new building.

Homeroom assignments for student in grade 6 attending Olmsted Falls Middle School will be provided at their Open House event on Monday, August 24th.  Sixth grade students will also receive their class schedules and lockers at this Open House event.

Homeroom assignments for students in grades 7 and 8 will be posted on the building website at 3:30 p.m. on Friday, August 21st.  Seventh and eighth grade students will receive their schedules and locker assignments when they report to their homerooms on the first day of school.

Fall 2009 class schedules for students in grades 9 to 12 attending Olmsted Falls High School were mailed last week, along with other important information relating to the 2009-2010 school year.  Please contact the High School office at 427-6100 if your student has not yet received his/her schedule.

Special Events Reminder

Mark you calendars!  Finally, below find a recap of a number of upcoming events which we hope you will plan to attend:

Tuesday, August 18th – Levy Campaign Committee Meeting (7:00 p.m.)

Thursday, August 20th – Heritage Days Parade (6:30 p.m.)

Saturday, August 22nd – Meeting the Teams Night

Sunday, September 20th –Olmsted Falls Intermediate School Dedication Event (2-5 p.m.)

As always, I encourage you to contact me with any questions or concerns.  I look forward to providing additional District updates to you throughout the year.

Yours in education,

Dr. Todd F. Hoadley, Superintendent

Olmsted Falls City Schools

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