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Parent Update – November 12, 2009

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:

Bill Budosh
Jeremy Ortiz
Jimmy Mulgrew
Eddie Gerus
Ryan Petitti
Cameron Trefny

Cory Maddocks

Jordan Bohlen
Ben Coyle
Zach Ferster
Denton Sagerman

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.

OF American Legion flag donation to OFIS

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.

new band uniforms #1

new band uniforms #2

Categories: Community Updates
  1. Denise
    November 12, 2009 at 1:20 pm

    We need to know more information on how the administrators plan on organizing the cut off of busing, my child attends Falls-Lennox, and we only have 1.5 months left until the busing stops. We needs answers now!!!

    • patience
      November 12, 2009 at 3:12 pm

      Let’s give them some time, Denise. Chill out! They are doing the best they can we have a wonderful adminstration!

    • November 12, 2009 at 9:51 pm

      There are maps on the district website that show by street and house who will be bussed and who will not be bussed. The map has been there for a while. What answers are you looking for?

  2. peter naegele
    November 13, 2009 at 8:15 am

    Denise, the information is already available. The busing service is being cut to the state minimum requirements: buses only for kindergartners through eighth-graders who live more than 2 miles from school and no alternate transportation.

    If you need to know if your home is within the 2 mile radius, call the garage at 427-6353.

  3. sfh
    November 13, 2009 at 12:17 pm

    “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.”

    I still do not understand why the loss of revenue in one year increases operation costs in subsequent years. Given that the schools cannot operate in 2010 at a deficit, what is the source of the added costs starting in 2011?

  4. Just wondering
    November 15, 2009 at 9:25 pm

    At the risk of sounding stupid, but if this levy goes on the ballot Feb. 2, do we really need to eliminate bussing for a month? Or will it be re-instated immediately if it does pass and If it doesn’t pass then make sure that the community knows that bussing will cease immediately? It does buy some parents some extra time. Just wondering…

  5. Mike Smith
    November 16, 2009 at 5:23 am

    Busing clarification. The schools have said busing cuts of 2 miles regardless of sidewalks. The Olmsted Falls Police Department, Patrolman Alec Bakos and the chief have posted this is illegal. See their posting –

    This raises the question, is walking in the roadway, during winter and on overpasses, a Safe Route, and if the BOE deems it so then what are they basing this on. I can’t find ONE (1) single police officer in Olmsted Falls, including the Chief, who beleives that it will be safe for kids to walk on the roadways. I assume the Twp police would agree. Remember when the snow falls, the plows plow, and there is no where for kids to walk but in the roadway, in the dark, during morning rush hour. There is NO ONE on the BOE that is qualified to deem this safe, so let’s see what they do now. ORC Title 33 deals with Schools, etc.

    Would it be possible to get some clarification on this and possibly a joint statement from the schoolboard, the mayor, the trustees, and both cheifs of police as to whether this is legal. If the police department says it is illegal who am I to beleive? Thanks!

    • November 16, 2009 at 10:49 am

      Please understand that there is a difference between what is legally required for a school district to provide as it comes to transportation, and what is safe when it comes to students (who live within two miles of their school of attendance) getting to and from school.

      State law requires school districts to provide transportation services to students who live more than two miles from the school which they attend.

      Over the years, Olmsted Falls schools has gone over and above this minimum standard and transported all students, regardless of the distance of their home location to their school of attendance. We have been very happy to provide this high level of service to parents and parents have expressed appreciation as well.

      Under the legal umbrella of minimum transportation services, if the student lives within two miles of the school he/she attends, it is now the parent’s responsibility to provide transportation services for their child to and from school.

      For parents who live within this two mile zone, it will be their decision, as parents, as to what is deemed safe or unsafe as per how they, as parents, decide to allow their children to get to and from school.

      Some parents will choose for their children to walk to school (regardless of the presence or absence of sidewalks), some will arrange for carpools, and some will transport their children themselves on a daily basis.

      In this end, for families living within this two mile zone, it will be the parent’s decision as to how their children get to and from school.

      The hard part in all of this is that with the working schedules of many parents, several families will be put into an extremely difficult position as to how they decide to get their children safely to and from school. The District can empathize with this difficult decision.

      Over the past 18 months, the District has been working to attempt to get an operating levy passed. It has also attempted to clearly communicate what the reductions would have to be if a new operating levy is not passed. Already, 10 1/2 teaching positions have been eliminated, a compensation freeze has been enacted, budgets have been frozen, and field trips have been eliminated.

      These have been very difficult decisions as a slow dismantling of this school system is currently underway.

  6. Niki
    November 16, 2009 at 8:32 am

    I supported the levy and it is unfortunate that it did not pass. I don’t mind if my daughter walks to school (and she’ll be walking almost 2 miles twice a day every day), the exercise is good for her, but my MAJOR concern is safety. There are no sidewalks on Fitch Road and there is a lot of traffic on that road, with a lot of people in a hurry to get someplace! I question how safe will kids be on dark rainy or snowy days walking along Fitch Road? There are a lot of us that work 8-5 and can’t take off to transport our children to and from school. One also hears on the news about creeps that pray on kids.

    We all love our community and most people want it to stay the same, but lets face it, without business and industry to help the tax base the residents are the ones that have to support the financial costs for our school system. Do you think I want my property taxes to go up any more than what they are now? NO, but the school system is a big part of making the community we have a good community and as a tax payer and a voter I know I needed to support the levy to keep the level of education we have. Look at what Parma is going through…do we what that? No. Having a good school system helps to keep up property values.

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