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Parent Update – November 20, 2009

November 20, 2009

Transportation Changes – Effective January 4, 2010

As you know, as a result of the 3rd failed levy over the past twelve months, the Olmsted Falls School District is reducing bus transportation to state minimums effective January 4th, 2010 in order to further stretch the financial resources afforded to the District.

One direct result is that any student who lives within two miles of the school facility, he or she attends, will lose all transportation services. Today, 758 letters, affecting 1080 students, were mailed to parents who live within this two mile zone.

While this may have been the most difficult letter that I have had to send to parents in my 13 years as a superintendent, we need to give parents as much notice as possible in order to make the necessary arrangements to get their children to and from school.

Next week, letters will be mailed to those families who use the alternative transportation component, as this service will also be discontinued as of January 4th, 2010.

Finally, a meeting has been set for Saturday, December 12th at 10:00 AM at Olmsted Falls High School auditorium in order to answer any questions that parents may have regarding these transportation changes.

Levy Campaign Meeting

A reminder that a levy campaign meeting will be held this Sunday at 6:00 PM in the cafeteria at Olmsted Falls High School. I would highly encourage all parents and community members to attend this meeting and become a part of this upcoming levy campaign.

Masquers Fall Play

A reminder that tonight and tomorrow, at 7:30 PM, the OFHS Masquers will be presenting the play: The Brothers Grimm Spectaculathon in the OFHS auditorium.

Tickets for this performance are $5 for adults and $3 for students and senior citizens, and can be purchased “at the door” the evening of the performance.

SWC All-Conference Cross Country Selections

Congratulations to the following OFHS cross country runners who have received All-SWC honors for their efforts this past Fall Sports Season:

2nd Team
Rachel Botoulas
Brittany Carson

Honorable Mention
Thomas Derr
Troy Swiderski
Lindsey Kaschak
Jaime Fossen

Attention High School Parents

Many parents are utilizing the Progress Book website to track the homework / grades of their children. Please be aware that a new feature will allow parents to register for an email alert for missing assignments or an email alert if their student’s grade drops below a preselected level.

For directions on setting up this option, please click here.

High School PTA

A reminder that the OFHS PTA will meet this Monday, November 23rd at 7:00 PM in the High School library.

“Junior Core” Team

In the October 30th blog post, an article appeared on our new “Junior Core” team.

Regency Construction Services, the construction management firm overseeing the Middle School facility addition, is sponsoring this activity for students interested in learning more about the construction project occurring at their school.

This week, the “Junior Core” team had its second meeting where the students learned how to “lay brick.”  Below, please see a photo of this activity:

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  1. just another mom
    November 20, 2009 at 3:45 pm

    No worries to Dr. Hoadley about the difficult letters he had to send. He isn’t the one who voted “No”.

  2. Nancy
    November 21, 2009 at 9:29 am

    I’m sorry that the community is unwilling to support our schools. The busing changes are extremely punitive to the school families who did support the levy. I am sad that even though the community knew this would happen, they don’t care. When the traffic pile-up in front of Fitch school that will extend from Bagley to John road prevents them from doing their own business, they will be the FIRST people to complain loudly.

    In regards to alternate transportation being discontinued, I am curious as to why it costs the district money to allow the daycare van to pick up my child. I pay the daycare to do this! This is extremely punitive to the working parents of the district and will not result in any savings to the district.

  3. Another working mom
    November 23, 2009 at 6:58 am

    I have a child that goes to Falls-Lenox and then to the Community Center after school. Will this no longer be allowed with the alternate transportation changes? Someone from the Community Center walks over to the school to get the children. As Nancy states, it “will not result in any savings to the district”. We both work and my child is not ready to be alone after school.

    • November 23, 2009 at 10:31 am

      This will not be an issue for the students at Falls-Lenox who presently utilize the services of Kids First or the Community Center. These agencies (Kids First and Community Center) are responsible for escorting these students to and from the school and their Day-Care establishment.

      Effective 1-4-10, Falls-Lenox will no longer be the transportation hub for the District. As such, there will be no school buses that run from the Intermediate School or the Early Childhood Center to Falls-Lenox primary school.

  4. 30 yr resident
    November 23, 2009 at 9:56 am

    You’re child can go to any day care center or babysitter you choose. You can send them there before and after school as long as an Olmsted Falls School Bus is not transporting. If your child was never bussed from an Olmsted Falls School bus to and from any babysitter or daycare center than it will not affect you. In other words you are already providing your own transportation for your child.

    • November 25, 2009 at 6:09 pm

      30 yr resident is exactly correct.

  5. Silent no more
    December 3, 2009 at 11:48 am

    Dr. Hoadley,

    Maybe your underlying intent here is to create a big traffic jam near the schools during the peak morning rush times. This will make it miserable for many going to/from work…delays for all I’m sure. You think this will cause them to vote yes for the levy next time around? I think it will work, because it is going to get ugly out there. Congrats. My wife and I voted yes, for the record.

    What you don’t realize is how unfairly this impacts families in the district. The sub-divisions outside of the 2 mile range are unaffected…you know, all of the Mc-Mansions….they still get their bussing. Being that this levy is based on a percentage of a homes value…the Mc-Mansion people obviously will pay more tax than the rest of us. That’s why they are voting no.

    But you now punish the rest of us with smaller homes closer to the schools. I live just inside the 2 mile zone…giving me either one of 4 options.

    Option 1: Tell my kids to walk to school. Last time I looked there weren’t a lot of sidewalks on much of the route my kids would take. Throw some snow into the mix and add the possibility of strangers/nutjobs…this is not a realistic option, at least not a responsible one. All it would take is for one kid to get hit by a car, abducted, etc. Is this really worth it? I feel the school system is setting itself up for a big lawsuit down the road. You guys are compromising the safety of our kids. Better to raise money/cut programs through various other means than to cut the bussing of our kids.

    Option 2: My wife will have to get a 15 month old up every morning at o’dark thirty…drop my 7 year old off at Falls/Lennox…then continue with our 6 year old to the Early Childhood Center. And I’m sure the traffic situation around each school will be horrific. So don’t expect at least one of my kids to be on-time, with the traffic and all. What if my wife worked? I’m sure there are plenty of mom’s out there that do.

    Option 3: Move out of the district. Believe it or not, I would do just that to avoid the hardship this is going to put on my family. However, this is very cost prohibitive.

    Option 4: Sue the school district, class-action style with a bunch of other families in a similiar position. Extreme…maybe, however there are always people who may consider this based on the risk to their kids health/life during their 2 mile walk to school. I’m lucky my wife can drive my kids…hassle? Yes, but what about the other kids who have no other options but to walk up to 2 miles? Is that safe???

    I have heard that there was considerable waste during the construction of the school. Initially union workers hired….then dropped for non-union workers. I’ve been told by my electrition buddy that you all had to bring the union guys back to correct the problems from the work of the non-union guys….how much did that run? How many union family votes did that cost the school district? Not trying to bash you here because you seem very sincere about the schools…but cutting bussing when there are numerous other areas to cut was not the right move in my opinion

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