Welcome back to another school year in the Ridgedale Local School District, it is my hope that you all had an enjoyable and relaxing summer! As we prepare for another year, we are currently awaiting word from the Ohio Department of Education (ODE) on how our students fared on the new AIR assessments and end of course exams for 2017. As we move forward into another year of adjustment and change in how we evaluate our student learning, we will continue to use the Ohio Improvement Plan to improve the educational opportunities for all students in the Ridgedale school district. The district professional development plan has been approved by the Ridgedale Board of Education and our schedule will be very similar to last year. Beginning on August 28, 2017 all schools in the Ridgedale District will be on a one hour delay for teacher training and professional development and we will continue this schedule for every Monday throughout the entire school year. Also we will be holding 5 all day professional development days, these dates are 9/15/17, 10/23/17, 1/12/18, 3/16/18 and 4/27/18. By scheduling these days this will enable us to save district funds by providing professional development, at the local level for our teachers, while using our testing data to continue to improve student achievement. Each building leadership team has provided the administration with their plan for professional development throughout the year which includes, but is not limited to, grade level meetings, content area meetings, building wide meetings and district wide meetings. By doing this the faculty is gaining a better understanding of curriculum alignment K – 12, as opposed to just focusing on their individual classrooms.
On the business side of the district, the Ridgedale Local Board of Education, Treasurer and Administration have continued to be fiscally responsible and have realized a carry-over in the general fund balance for Fiscal Year 2017. This is the 8 th year in a row that the district has had a general fund carry over. With this carry over in revenue we still do not charge a participation fee for our extra-curricular activities. We have been very busy this summer updating and making needed repairs to the facilities. The most notable improvement will be the new track and field facility which is scheduled for completion by September 1, 2017. We have also replace the roof over the high school gymnasium due to wind damage and put a new membrane on the academic section of the high school. In the elementary school we will be replacing the windows in the cafeteria, which is the first phase of that project. You will also notice continued parking lot upgrades and new siding on two of the modular classrooms. We continue to work with OHM Advisors to help us to help us prioritize our capital improvement plan for the next several years, which helps in the budgeting for major facility maintenance and repair issues. The repairs and improvements have all been paid for with FY 17 carry over money, and we will continue to address our needs while continuing to “live” within our means.
I am very excited to hear the hallways full of the laughter of children and the hustle and bustle of daily school life. As always we encourage you to visit us here at Ridgedale, however we do ask that you please call ahead of your visit to schedule an appointment, so that we may properly accommodate your visit. If this is not possible, please report to the respective building office, we ask this so that we may provide the safest possible environment for our students. If you should have any questions, comments or concerns please feel free to contact me at the Ridgedale Board Office, 740-382- 6065 ext 101 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org and we can set up a time to meet.
Robert A. Britton, Superintendent
Ridgedale Local Schools