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Parent Update – February 2, 2011

February 2, 2011


As reported on last week’s blog, members of the Olmsted Falls Board of Education have voted to place a 2.8 Mill Permanent Improvement Levy on the May 3, 2011 election ballot.  This Permanent Improvement Levy WILL NOT INCREASE TAXES paid by residents of the Olmsted Falls School District community.  The vote to place this issue on the ballot came following a lengthy series of strategic discussions by the Board of Education which began last fall.

A series of public meetings are being planned to provide additional information and answer questions.  The first informational meeting has been scheduled for tomorrow, Thursday, February 3rd at 7:00 p.m. in the Middle School Library.  Superintendent Dr. Todd Hoadley will provide an overview of the 2.8 Mill Permanent Improvement Levy and answer questions.  All parents and residents are invited to attend.

If passed, the 2.8 Mill Permanent Improvement Levy would generate $1.4 million annually, which can be used by the District for permanent improvement projects and purchases.  Permanent Improvement Levy funds must be spent on facilities, maintenance, equipment or materials that have a shelf life of 5 years or longer.

Funds generated from a Permanent Improvement Levy CANNOT be used to pay District operating expenses such as salaries and benefits.  By law, no money from this revenue source could ever be used to pay employee salaries or benefits.

The most urgent facility needs that would be addressed with these Permanent Improvement funds are at the High School.  Olmsted Falls High School first opened its doors to students in the middle of the 1968-1969 school year.  Just like a home that is 42 years old, the Olmsted Falls High School building has a number of issues that must soon be addressed.  Even with the ongoing and proactive maintenance care of this building by the District’s outstanding custodial staff, there are significant improvements that need to be taken care of including roof replacement, electrical system upgrades and plumbing system pipe replacement. 

Did You Know?

– The original Federal Pacific electrical service panel installed during construction of the High School  building in 1968 still operates as the High School’s main electrical service panel.

Many sections of the Olmsted Falls High School roof have up to three layers of roofing.

Without a dedicated funding stream from a Permanent Improvement Levy, building maintenance projects like these will need to be paid for out of the District’s general fund.  The full tear-off and replacement of the High School roof is the most urgent of all current maintenance projects and comes with a price tag of approximately $1.5 million.

Beyond the immediate and urgent repairs and upgrades that could be paid for with funds from the 2.8 Permanent Improvement Levy, this dedicated revenue stream would provide ongoing relief to the District’s general fund.  Down the road, these Permanent Improvement dollars could be used for needed other building maintenance and repair projects for any District facility, as well as non-building related expenses such as the purchase of school buses.  The purchase of a school bus is another example of a major, necessary expense that could be made without tapping into the District’s general fund.


Thursday, February 3rd

Olmsted Falls Middle School

Media Center

7:00 p.m.



All parents of 2011-2012 kindergarten students are invited and encouraged to attend the Kindergarten Readiness Night at the Olmsted Falls Early Childhood Center on Tuesday, February 15th at 7:00 p.m. 

The purpose of the evening is to provide parents with an overview of several topics including:

– How to register for kindergarten (registration packets will be available)

– A description of the Kindergarten Screening process

– A general overview of the kindergarten instructional day

Parents do not need to register to attend this meeting.  Simply show up if you are interested in getting additional information about how to get your child ready for kindergarten if he or she is going next year.  Those presenting at the meeting will include a kindergarten teacher, a transportation department representative, school nurse, the Director of Student Services and the Assistant Superintendent and Early Childhood Center Principal.  The presentation will take approximately 45 minutes and will be followed by an opportunity to direct question to those who are best able to answer them.



Team Advances to “Brain Game” Finals

The OFHS Academic Team traveled to COSI (WOSU Studios) in Columbus last Saturday to tape a match-up against Fisher Catholic (Lancaster, OH) for the ONN “Brain Game.”  The team of Jim Coury (senior captain), Mike Coury (senior), Sohan Vartak (junior), and Emily Nageotte (senior) scored a season high 685 points.   Marty Mendenhall (sophomore) served as alternate for this match.  This is the highest score of all 60 teams participating and earned the team a spot in the finals (date and time to be announced) against Copley High School.  This show is sponsored by Westfield Insurance and there is school grant prize money for the top 8 schools!  

The episode against Fisher Catholic will air on ONN on April 7, 2011.  “Brain Game” airs every Thursday at 7:30 p.m. on The Ohio News Network.  Episodes repeat Friday at 9:30 a.m., Sunday at 5 p.m. or Tuesday at 12:30 p.m.  Check your cable listing for ONN availability.

Team Captain Jim Coury Named to Ohio All Star Team

Senior Jim Coury, OFHS Academic Team Captain, has been named to the Ohio All Star Team for the second time.  This time, Jim will serve as team captain for the All Star Team. 

 The Ohio All Star Team will represent the State Ohio at the National All Star Academic Tournament held this year at the University of Maryland.  It will take place on June 11th and 12th. 

Each state can send an All Star Team to represent their state at this tournament. 

OSU takes on the responsibility to hold a tryout and selects the All Star Team for Ohio. 

This is a great honor for Jim Coury! 


OFHS Academic Team Advisor Named Coach of All Star Team

Each year, OSU also selects a coach for the Ohio All Star Team from among the academic team advisors throughout the state.  This year, Olmsted Falls High School Academic Team Advisor Rhonna Smith has been named Coach for the prestigious Ohio All Star Team. 

This is a well-deserved recognition for Mrs. Smith and a tribute to all of the hard work and success of the OFHS Academic Team. 




On Thursday, February 17th, PTA will sponsor a special anti-bullying program for students, staff and parents.  Rachel’s Challenge was created in honor of Rachel Scott who was the first victim of the Columbine Shooting in 1999. Following the Columbine tragedy, Rachel’s father, Darrell Scott, began to speak around the nation to illustrate the need for a kinder, more compassionate nation.  Using writings and drawings from Rachel’s many diaries, Darrell and thirty other speakers continue to honor Rachel’s life by reaching out with her simple but profound message. 

The mission of Rachel’s Challenge is to bring a permanent positive culture changes to schools, businesses and communities by starting a chain reaction of compassion and kindness.  PTA is pleased to be able to bring Rachel’s Challenge to Olmsted Falls this month.  Assemblies will be presented for both Middle and High School students during the school day on Thursday, February 17th.

SAVE THE DATE:  On the evening of February 17th, a special program for parents will be presented at 7:00 p.m. in the Middle School cafetorium.  All Bulldog parents are invited and encouraged to attend this powerful and educational presentation by Rachel’s Challenge



Last week, the OFHS Key Club made 15 blankets for a special blanket project launched by fellow Bulldog Melissa Fowler.  The project got underway back in October when Key Club was seeking suggestions for community service projects.  Melissa had the idea of helping out senior citizens at the Lutheran Home in Westlake.  Melissa initiated the project and she was featured recently in the Sun Post-Herald.  Key Club was able to purchase enough fleece to make 15 blankets, which were collected last week. 

Melissa is trying to collect as many fleece blankets as possible before Valentine’s Day – which is when she would like to deliver the blankets to the seniors at the non-profit care home.  These are simple fleece blankets, a no-sew style secured by tying.  They take less than an hour to make and are not expensive.  The finished blankets measure 57-by-52 inches in size.  ANYONE INTERESTED IN DONATING ADDITIONAL FLEECE FOR THIS SPECIAL PROJECT IS ENCOURAGED TO CONTACT KEY CLUB ADVISOR MRS. JENELLE HUGHES (jhughes@ofcs.net).  Key Club members are standing by ready and willing to tie more blankets!



Congratulations to Bulldog Baseball Coach Dan Largent! 

Coach Largent has been voted 2010 Division I Coach of the Year by the Greater Cleveland Baseball Coaches Association.



The Olmsted Falls Wrestling Hall of Fame held its annual induction ceremony last Friday night following a match against North Olmsted and Chardon high schools.  In front of a packed house the wrestlers defeated North Olmsted 51-13, and Chardon 71-10, to move to 16-0 on the season. 

A special highlight of the evening was the annual induction of the newest members into the Olmsted Falls Wrestling Hall of Fame.  The Olmsted Falls Wrestling Hall of Fame began in 1996.  This Hall of Fame is recognizes individuals – both wrestlers and contributors – for their achievement and support of Olmsted Falls Wrestling.  The four newest members of the Olmsted Falls Wrestling Hall of Fame Members are: T.J. Hellickson (’97); Paul Hodermarksy (’99); Nick Pfaff (’99); and Kyle Stoffer (’01).  Please click here to read bios for these four new inductees.

Also on Friday night, OFHS Wrestling Coach Bill McGrain was recognized for his 300th victory.  Coach McGrain has been at the helm of the Bulldog Wrestling program for the past 26 years and credits his family and coaches for much of his many years of success. 

Video footage from Friday night’s ceremony can be accessed with the following links:



A plaque displayed outside of the High School Wrestling Room features all Olmsted Falls Wrestling Hall of Fame members.  For additional information on the Bulldog Wrestling Program and/or a listing of all Wrestling Hall of Fame inductees since 1996, please visit: www.ofwrestling.com.



The OFAB exists to support, encourage and advance the athletic program and related activities of the Olmsted Falls School District.  It does so through fundraising projects including concession and sportswear apparel sales and events.  Visit www.ofathleticboosters.org for more information.


Bulldog swimmers are competing in the SWC Championships this Friday (diving) and Saturday (swimming) at the Westlake Recreation Center. 

The Girls’ team will enter the meet with a 7-2 dual meet record – the best record in school history!  Girls’ season highlights to date:

– Senior Jen Beck, junior Bridget Liddy, and seniors Amanda Paliska and Kit John set a new school record in the 200 medley Relay with a time of 1:58.88. 

– Junior Katie Ashmun teamed with Bridget Liddy, Kit John, and Amanda Paliska to tie the school record in the 400 Freestyle Relay with a time of 3:55.77. 

– Individually, Amanda Paliska set new school records in the 100 Backstroke with a time of 59.38, and 100 Breaststroke with a time of 1:11.18. 

The Boys team enters the SWC Championships with a record of 5-4.  Congratulations to junior Greg Porch who set a new school record in the 500 Freestyle this season with a time of 5:19.47. 

After the SWC Championships, the Bulldog swimmers and divers will enter the Sectional Tournaments:  Feb. 9th and 10th (diving at Solon); Feb. 11 (Boys swimming at Lakewood HS); and Feb. 12 (girls swimming at Lakewood HS).

Good luck to all the Bulldog swimmers and divers!  You can support the OFHS Swim & Dive Team by attending the Annual Dinner & Raffle on February 22nd. (See details below in Upcoming Events section.) 


Students in third, fourth and fifth grades are invited to cheer at the Olmsted Falls High School vs. Berea High School Varsity Basketball Game on Friday, February 18, 2011 at 7:30 p.m. as part of the OFHS High School Cheerleaders Mini-Cheer Clinic, which takes place from 6-8 p.m. on Thursday, February 17th in the High School Gym.  (**Participants must attend clinic in order to cheer at the game.**)

Every participant will receive:  Mini Cheer T-shirt, free admission to the game, and a snack. The cost is:  $20.00 for the first child, then $15.00 for each additional child in your immediate family.  Registration Deadline:  NEXT WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 9th.  Please click here for information flyer with additional details.



BALDWIN-WALLACE COLLEGE “Take a Kid to the Game” Event – Saturday, February 19th. All area students in grades K to 8 will be admitted free of charge to an upcoming Yellow Jacket basketball double-header with a paying parent or adult.  For additional details, please click here.

Olmsted Falls High School Swim & Dive Team ANNUAL DINNER & RAFFLE – TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 22, 2011, 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. in the Olmsted Falls High School Cafeteria. OPEN TO THE PUBLIC – Come support your Bulldog swimmers and divers and enjoy a dinner with family and friends!  This year’s dinner features a Roman Gladiator Theme that you won’t want to miss!  Proceeds benefit the Swim & Dive Team.  Click here to download the official invitation flyer and ticket form.  $10 for adults; $6 for children (10 & under).   Go Bulldogs!

DANCE IT UP FOR KIDS HEALTH EVENT – Saturday, March 19th 11:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. @ Olmsted Falls Middle School – This PTA sponsored, district approved school/community event will be entirely funded by donated private and business goods and services with all proceeds to benefit the Early Childhood Center playground fund and a children’s health charity.  Our goals are to show kids and families that exercise and healthy eating can be fun and family focused and to raise money for some great causes.  A few of the scheduled event activities for all ages include:  Old fashioned “mini” dance marathon with participants soliciting pledges to dance; dance exhibition of both amateur and professional individuals and groups; Wii family dance stations; and healthy refreshments and health education and vendor booths.  This has the potential to be an amazing event but we need your help. Please help us share this information by encouraging any OF person, organization, church group or business you think might be interested in participating to contact dzhaviland@yahoo.com if they are able to help with this event.  PLANNING MEETINGS HELD EVERY TUESDAY FROM 6:00-7:30 P.M. IN THE FALLS-LENOX MEDIA CENTER – ALL WELCOME!

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  1. Dan
    February 5, 2011 at 10:59 am

    $1.5 million for a full tear-off and new roofing project for the high school??
    I’d like to know which companies are providing these estimates.

    • February 7, 2011 at 3:27 pm


      The Ohio School Facility Commission (OSFC), which is the agency that oversees school construction in Ohio, reviewed Olmsted Falls District facilities in the development of an overall facility master plan.

      The OSFC subcontracted this review out to Hammond Construction (1278 Park Avenue, Canton OH) who developed all of the financial quotes based upon the construction guidelines set forth by the OSFC.

      Here is a link to the full report: http://www.ofcs.k12.oh.us/docs/AssessmentReport-46573-28605-Copy_of_Olmsted_Falls_High_School_-_EEA-20110203152101.pdf

      Please refer to page 6 of this document for the roofing estimate.

      Please note, that the District is not advocating a full tear-off / new roofing project. We have worked very hard to develop maintenance schedules and we attempt to annually make small repairs so that we avoid large costs ($1.5 million dollar projects). Unfortunately, due to budget issues, maintenance items are often “put off” to a later time. When that is done, it often results in more costly projects.

      The intent and purpose of this 2.8 mill PI levy is to develop a dedicate revenue stream, that cannot be used for employee salaries, but can only be used for building repair (and the purchase of large items like school buses).

      Because this levy is timed to coincide with a 2.8 mill drop off in facility bonds, if approved, this 2.8 mill PI levy will not raise taxes.

      Should you have additional questions, please let me know.

  2. Clarence
    February 5, 2011 at 4:45 pm

    Dr Hoadley,

    After reading about Dr. Sanders unused vacation payout of over $100K it made me wonder about Olmsted Falls policy. Does Olmsted cap the amount of unused vacation by administration and staff or are they allowed to accumulate an unlimited amount?

    • Clarence
      February 5, 2011 at 9:05 pm

      Sorry should have made it clear I’m referring to Dr. Sanders from the Cleveland school district.

      • February 7, 2011 at 3:32 pm


        Thank you for your question.

        The Olmsted Falls school district does not allow for carry-over accumulation of vacation days for the exact reasons you pointed out in your comment.

        Unused vacation days are “cashed out” at the end of each fiscal year.

        It should be noted that very few OF administrators qualify for vacation time as most are on 11 month (227 work day) contracts.

        Thanks again for your question.

    • Dan
      February 8, 2011 at 9:24 am

      Mr. Hoadley,
      Thank you for your reply.
      My company is in the flooring construction business and has made some bids to refinish school gymnasium flooring. With these smaller scale projects, I do not recall our bids being submitted to and reviewed by a commission or OSFC. Maybe it depends on the scope of work.
      When the article above mentioned, ‘hence it comes with a price tag of $1.5 million’, I was curious to how and why. The way it is written, I presumed it was a one-time major project.
      Thanks again.

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