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Parent Update – October 30, 2009

Olmsted Falls City Council Endorses OFCS Levy

I want to make you aware that the Olmsted Falls City Council has passed a resolution in support of Issue #107. The school district greatly appreciates the support of the Olmsted Falls City Council. A copy of their resolution of support can be viewed by clicking here.

S.O.S. Parade

I have also been asked to make you aware of a student-led initiative to bring awareness to the importance to Issue #107. A group of our High School students will lead what they have termed an S.O.S. march this Sunday at 2PM. These students, and anyone else who is interested in supporting their cause, will meet at Falls-Lenox Primary School and walk uptown (most likely to the covered bridge). Participants are asked to make signs and show their support of the Bulldog cause.

Varsity football goes after SWC crown

This evening, our Varsity football team will be playing for a league championship as they travel to North Olmsted High School. A win would not only allow our Bulldogs to capture the S.W.C. championship, but it would also create an opportunity to continue the season by making the state playoffs.

GO BULLDOGS!!!!!

Flu Update

As you are aware, the District has been experiencing higher than normal absentee rates due to various illnesses. It appears that the “flu bug” is finally beginning to subside as the number of students absent from school is slowly returning to the normal range.
Yesterday, the number and percentage of students absent at District buildings were:
High School (71 absent) 6.2%
Middle School (44 absent) 5.1%
Intermediate School (29 absent) 5.1%
Falls Lenox (55 absent) 6.3%
Early Childhood Center (26 absent) 8.2%

National Recognition for OFCS Academic Program

Recently, the Olmsted Falls school district was highlighted in an article published by the National Staff Development Council. Congrats to Intermediate School Principal, Don Svec for giving a great interview. To read a copy of the article, please click here.

Did you know?

That the Olmsted Falls School District has the 4th lowest cost per pupil of the 31 school districts in Cuyahoga County? Click here to see a chart which displays the costs per pupil of all school districts in Cuyahoga County.

Middle School Construction Project

Our Middle School construction project is going forward and the project remains on-time and on-budget. As a reminder, this twenty classroom addition to our Middle School complex is being funded by a $7.7 million dollar allotment from the Ohio School Facilities Commission. We are expecting all construction to be completed by September 1, 2010. Here are some pictures of this construction project.

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Construction at OFMS paid for by state $$

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Construction at OFMS - $7.7 million project funded by the Ohio School Facility Commission

“Junior Core” Team

Regency Construction Services, the construction management firm overseeing the Middle School facility addition, is sponsoring a “Junior Core” team for Middle School students interested in learning more about construction. Over the course of this school year, approximately twenty-two students will meet on a monthly basis with representatives from the architectural firm, construction management firm, and contractors to learn the ins and outs of school construction.

The “Junior Core” team recently had its first meeting where the students learned about the responsibilities of the architect and the construction manager. The students were also shown several of the materials that will be used to build their new classrooms.

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OFMS students learn about the materials used in the construction of new Middle School classrooms

Junior core team members learn about the role and function of the Construction Manager.

Junior Core team students learn about the role of a Construction Manager

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  1. Connie Holland
    November 4, 2009 at 8:43 am

    How disappointing to have missed passing the levy by a mere 137 votes. Can there be a recount? I would certainly hope that is a possibility. Even more disappointing, with 16,970 registered voters in the Olmsted Falls School District, only 8,700 voted in the 11/03/09 election. Why didn’t the other half of the residents show up at the polls. . .

  2. November 4, 2009 at 11:30 am

    Connie,

    We have been told that there are still uncounted provisional and late-arriving absentee ballots. We are hopeful that the margin will grow closer, however, it is doubtful that will be enough to put us over the top.

    State law mandates an automatic recount if the margin is less that 1/2 of 1% of the total votes casts.

    As far as why so many community members did not exercise their right to vote, that is a great question. It is sad that one of the hallmarks of this great nation, “the right to vote” is often taken for granted by so many of our citizens.

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