Parent Update – November 12, 2009
School Board Places 8.7 Mill Operating Levy on February 2, 2010 Ballot
Last evening, the Olmsted Falls Board of Education voted unanimously to place an 8.7 mill operating levy on the February 2, 2010 ballot. According to District estimates, this levy will generate funding to cover District operating expenses through the end of the 2012-2013 school year, at which point only a small cash reserve will remain.
Passage of this new levy in February will stabilize the District budget for the next three years without the need for new operating dollars during that time – just as the 6.4 mill levy in November would have done. The increase of this new levy from the previous 6.4 mills to 8.7 mills is a result of the loss of a year of tax collection by not passing a levy in calendar year 2009.
The 8.7 mill operating levy will cost the owner of a $100,000 home an additional $22.20 per month. Passage of this levy will provide the funding necessary to reinstate busing services and keep extracurricular activities (including Middle School spring sports) intact. Additional information on the new ballot issue and updates regarding the District’s ongoing Educational Reduction Plan will be forthcoming. In the meantime, please don’t hesitate to contact the Board office with any questions.
For more information on the process the Board of Education utilized in deciding to place this issue on the February 2010 ballot, please see the following two news stories from the Post-Sun Herald. (Article #1) (Article #2)
Reminder – No School for Students on Friday, November 13
H1N1 Vaccine to be Distributed this Sunday at Olmsted Falls Middle School
On Monday, the District received news that H1N1 vaccines will be available this Sunday, November 15th at Olmsted Falls Middle School from 10 AM – 5 PM. Persons interested in receiving this vaccine must pre-register. For registration information, please click here.
Enrollment of the Olmsted Falls City Schools
October 30th marked the end of the first grading period for the Olmsted Falls City School System. District enrollment on this date was:
319 – Early Childhood Center (PreK-K)
878 – Falls-Lenox Primary School (1-3)
566 – Intermediate School (4-5)
868 – Middle School (6-8)
1151 – High School (9-12)
17 – Students the District is responsible for, but who are educated offsite.
Olmsted Falls Academic Team
On Tuesday evening, the Olmsted Falls High School Academic Team competed in dual matches in the North East Ohio Academic League. In addition to Olmsted Falls, the schools that participate in this league are: Twinsburg, Garfield Heights, Highland, Bay, Fairview, Columbia, and Lutheran West.
Four rounds of play were completed in Tuesday’s competition. Our OFHS A team posted a record of 4-0, our B team posted a record of 3-1, and our C team posted a record of 2-2. Team members include: Jim Coury, Mike Coury, Michaela Killik, Chris Traylor, Eric Miranda, Emily Nageotte, Natalie Brdar, Brad Sevcik, Marty Mendenhall, Ethan Kocjan, Lucus Alstadt, Sohan Vartak, Pam Keller, and Tom Hoy.
The Academic Team will be back in action on Saturday, November 21st at a tournament at BGSU.
SWC All-Conference Football Selections
Congratulations to the following OF football players who have earned Southwest Conference league honors for their outstanding play this past season:
American Legion Donates Flags to New Intermediate School
On Friday, November 6, 2009, the American Legion donated 25 new United States flags for use in classrooms in our new Intermediate School. American Legion members Richard Kopp, Terry Pawlak, and Jim Bartell took time to explain to students the importance of the American flag to our country. These Olmsted community members also spoke about the importance of Veteran’s Day. They concluded their visit by leading all students in saying the Pledge of Allegiance.
Olmsted Falls Intermediate staff and students are extremely grateful for this flag donation to our new Intermediate building. Thank you American Legion members for this donation, and more importantly, for your brave service to our nation.
Olmsted Falls High School is Fox 8 Cool School of the Week
I am happy to share that Olmsted Falls High School was featured this morning on Fox Channel 8 as the NE Ohio’s Cool School of the Week. To see this video, highlighting our High School, please click here.
OFHS Unveils New Band Uniforms
Thanks to the diligent work of the Olmsted Falls Music Association, our OFHS marching band has new uniforms. We want to thank the members of OFMA for their fundraising efforts and for their dedication to our children. Please see below two pictures that show off these new uniforms.