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Community Update August 7, 2009

August 16, 2009

Dear Parents:

It continues to be both an exciting and challenging time for the Olmsted Falls School District. With only a few weeks left until the start of the 2009-2010 school year, I wanted to personally update you on a number of important happenings within our District:

OFMA Fundraising Success

I am proud to begin this District update with an outstanding example of what can happen when our community unites and works together for the betterment of children. After a year and a half of fundraising efforts, the Olmsted Falls Music Association has reached their goal of raising enough private dollars to cover the purchase of a complete new set of uniforms for the Olmsted Falls Marching Band. While the order for new uniforms will not be delivered before the start of the fall season, it is anticipated that they will arrive in time to be worn for the last 3-4 games of the football season. We look forward to updating you again this fall regarding when – for the first time in 35 years – the “Pride of Olmsted Falls” will take the field in new uniforms. I want to congratulate the OFMA leadership and its members – as well as all of those community members who supported their efforts – for an outstanding job!

Levy Campaign Committee Meeting

A meeting has been scheduled for 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, August 18th at Olmsted Falls Middle School to discuss the District’s upcoming Operating Levy in November. Over the next two weeks, the Olmsted Falls Board of Education will be finalizing the millage amount for this critical operating levy. Passage of this levy will only be possible with a high level of support from our parents, staff and community. We invite all parents and staff interested in volunteering with campaign efforts to attend.

Information Letter for Intermediate School Parents

Parents of 4th & 5th grade students attending the new Olmsted Falls Intermediate School this year will be receiving an important information letter from Principal Donald Svec early next week. This letter will outline plans for the first day of school in the new building as well as other important back-to-school information.

Elementary Class Lists Posting

Class assignments for kindergarten students attending Olmsted Falls Early Childhood Center will be posted on the building website at http://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 http://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 http://www.ofcs.net by the close of business on Friday, August 14th.

Attention: High School Parents

Finally, just a quick reminder for High School parents that the fall 2009 class schedule for your student(s) will be mailed out to homes at the end of this week, and will identify the start time for your student(s). Please note that the High School has implemented dual start/end time schedules this year to help alleviate overcrowding and anticipated traffic/parking issues due to elimination of High School busing services.

New Building Dedication Scheduled

As you are already aware, the new Olmsted Falls Intermediate School will be completed in time for the start of the new school year. A special building dedication event has been scheduled for Sunday, September 20th from 2-5 p.m. I hope you will all mark your calendars and join us for this exciting District milestone – another example of the great things that can happen when our community comes together to support a high quality education for our students! Funds from the May 2007 Bond Issue made this new facility possible. Please note (and share with friends and neighbors) that bond issue funds can be only used for construction purposes and may not be transferred to a district’s general fund for use on operating needs.

Middle School Addition

I also want to update you on progress being made with the addition of new classrooms to our existing Middle School building. As you all know, funds from the May 2007 Bond Issue were also leveraged to secure State funding through the Ohio School Facilities Commission for the expansion of our Middle School. A total of $7.7 million was awarded to Olmsted Falls Schools allowing for the addition of 20 new classrooms for our Middle School which will greatly help ease overcrowding for students in grades 6-8. This project also represents our District’s commitment to continually stretch tax dollars to provide residents with the greatest return on their investment in our educational system.

Earlier this week, the Olmsted Falls Board of Education met to approve the bids from the contractors who will break ground on this new addition in the coming weeks. Following is a summary of the contractors who were approved as the lowest responsible bidder for this project: Telamon Construction (General trades); Fire Protection Inc. (fire protection); Lake Erie Electric, Inc. (electrical); John F. Gallagher Co. (plumbing); and PK Mechanical Inc. (HVAC).

District Secures Temporary Stimulus Dollars

Olmsted Falls School District applied for and received approximately $800,000 in Title I and Special Education funding made possible through the American Recovery & Reconstruction Act (ARRA). These newly obtained Federal funds will allow us to restore some positions recently lost as a result of the implementation of our Educational Reduction Plan, and temporarily allow us to reduce some class sizes at the 1 – 3 grade levels. Funds are earmarked for use to serve special education and Title 1 students. Specifically, the Title I funds allow us to hire additional support staff at Falls-Lenox and Olmsted Falls Middle School, as these are the buildings currently designated as Title I school based on their percentages of students qualifying for the Federal free and reduced lunch program. I encourage you to contact me directly if you have any questions about the use of these temporary stimulus dollars.

Update on State Funding Levels & Status of All Day – Every Day Kindergarten

Overall, school districts across the State of Ohio faired significantly better than other agencies in the newly approved State budget. While some agencies had significant portions of their budgets cut, funding for school district was left mainly in tact. Overall, in Olmsted Falls School District, we will receive slightly less over the next two years as compared to what we have received from the State over the past two years.

However, school districts are being asked to offer more services for less money. As you may have heard, an all day – every day kindergarten requirement is among new unfunded mandates put in place by House Bill 1. All districts in the State of Ohio will be required to offer an all day – every day kindergarten program by 2011, and districts will not be allowed to charge parents for costs associated with additional staffing and materials necessary to run the extended program. While waivers will be available for districts without resources to launch all day – every day kindergarten initially, the availability of these waivers will only be temporary. The Olmsted Falls Board of Education will begin analyzing the best path for our District in this matter, and I will continue to keep you updated as decisions are made.

Our School Report – Special Back-to-School Edition

The latest issue of Our School Report has been completed and will be in homes early next week. As usual, this summer edition is packed full of important back-to-school information. Please click this link to review an advanced copy of this School Report on-line.

Olmsted Falls Heritage Days Parade

Just a reminder that Olmsted Falls Heritage Days will kick-off with the annual Heritage Days Parade on Thursday, August 20th at 6:30 p.m.. Our Board members and administrators look forward to seeing parents and students along the parade route. Important note for kids: Don’t forget to bring an extra large bag to catch all the candy!

Meet the Teams Night

All parents and students (of all ages) are invited to attend the annual “Meet the Teams Night” sponsored by the Olmsted Falls Athletic Boosters on the evening of Saturday, August 22nd. Share your Bulldog pride at this great community event as members of the Fall 2009 sports teams are introduced on the field at the OFHS Harding Memorial Stadium.

In closing, I sincerely hope we will have the opportunity to see many of you get involved in these events during the coming weeks. I wish you and your families a fun and relaxing end to the summer, and look forward to the start of another successful year for the Olmsted Falls School District.

Yours in education,

Dr. Todd F. Hoadley, Superintendent

Olmsted Falls City Schools

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