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GOOD NEWS FROM THE SUPERINTENDENT’S OFFICE -  9-14-2018

The Ohio Department of Education released the 2017/2018 School Report Card this week and Wayne Local Schools received an overall grade of "A."  Waynesville was one of 28 districts statewide to earn an overall grade of "A" and we ranked very high among all Ohio districts in performance index.  An "A" reflects our hard work and attention to the increased rigor of Ohio's learning standards.  We are focused on helping our students succeed in an educational environment of raised expectations.  We celebrate the successes of our students and staff.  We also say thank you to our community for its ongoing support of our school system.  

We know we can do even better; we will review our grade card results very closely and start a "plan-do-check-act" cycle of continuous improvement.  We also acknowledge that the state report card is not the only way to determine success.  In addition to continuous improvement, we believe closely monitoring the following metrics are important to sustainable high performance:

  • Providing a well-rounded education that includes a wide range of opportunities for our students;
  • Offering a diverse range of student services that ensure our students receive individualized instruction, enrichment, and support;
  • Student leadership opportunities;
  • Hiring and retaining high-quality staff members;
  • Parent and community involvement;
  • Using and advancing digital learning;
  • Practicing fiscal stewardship

All of these pieces combined with our new facilities project makes Waynesville a special school district.

GOOD NEWS FROM THE SUPERINTENDENT’S OFFICE -  8-17-2018

Welcome to the 2018/19 school year!  I hope that everyone enjoyed a relaxing summer break in the company of friends and family.  Starting the school year is always an exciting event whether you are a student or staff member.  The quality of our teachers and support staff is a key ingredient to our students’ success. We are blessed to have an impressive group of educators who are passionate about our students.  They possess a high capacity for connectedness and recognize that student achievement and preparedness for the future is our highest priority. 

Wayne Local Schools earned several recognitions for academic achievement last school year and early released data for this school year indicates we will once again be recognized as a top performing district. 

Our parents and community play a vital role by supporting and partnering with our school system.  Partnerships result in sharing and maximizing resources for the greater good.  We encourage our parents to be actively involved in their child’s education.  Parental involvement enhances student adaptation to school.  Students will attend school more regularly and experience less occurrences of discipline.  These students have higher self-esteem and well-developed social skills.  They complete homework and earn higher grades and test scores and ultimately increase future career success.

School safety is emphasized at Waynesville schools.  Last school year, we added a district SRO (Security Resource Officer) and we actively listened to our students and their concerns.  Many of our procedures reflect dialogue with our students. 

We continue to expand student offerings.  Exposure to “STEM” is available through the Gateway/Project Lead the Way programs.  This year we joined a partnership with the University of Cincinnati, Sinclair Community College, and Warren County Career Center to offer a satellite Information Technology Program for grades 8 through 12.  Additionally, a new Family and Consumer Science class will help our students develop life skills.  We are excited with a new cooperative program between our physical education classes and the Lebanon YMCA; classes will go to the YMCA to take advantage of their facilities.  We are offering new advanced placement classes in Government, World History and Psychology.  Juniors and Seniors will be offered opportunities to do “community options” in order to job shadow, intern and volunteer during the last two periods of the day.

Our athletic programs and marching band have been practicing the entire month of August.  The annual Back to School Bash in the park was a successful kickoff for an exciting school year. 

We look forward to seeing many of you at future district events and around our community.  Spartan Pride is everywhere and I wish you a positive and healthy 2018/19 school year. 

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GOOD NEWS FROM THE SUPERINTENDENT’S OFFICE -  5/26/2017

As the school year ends, I want to update the community on our facilities planning process. Wayne Local Schools has partnered with the Ohio Facilities Construction Commission (OFCC) and the Ohio School Facilities Commission (OSFC), an “arm” of OFCC that co-funds and manages PK-12 public school construction. During the engagement with OSFC; facilities assessments and future enrollment projections have been developed and used to develop a master facilities plan. We selected a “Pre-Bond” Architect, L.W.C. Inc. of Dayton, Ohio. We engaged the community with forums, surveys and focus group meetings. We worked with OSFC and LWC to analyze facility plan options, costs, and most importantly how to receive as much state assistance as possible. Over the years, the district leadership has worked hard to achieve a high credit rating; currently Moody’s Investors Service has given Wayne Local School’s a rating of Aa. That is an excellent rating for a small community and school district; it indicates strong financial management, a strong economy and tax base. The Board of Education has reviewed all information gathered and approved a motion to provide OSFC a “segmented” facility plan; in this plan a new elementary complex is our first priority. The submitted plan of a preschool through 6th grade program in a new building provided the best long-term state funding scenario. After reviewing our plan, OSFC offered Wayne Local Schools a Notice of Conditional Approval (NOCA) before the May Board of Education meeting. The Board of Education took my recommendation and approved a resolution of conditional approval; indicating we want to be on the Ohio Facilities Construction Commission’s July agenda for state funding approval. So everything is in the state’s hands; we have worked diligently to meet all deadlines to position Wayne Local for this opportunity. Approval in July means Wayne Local School will immediately begin to develop ballot language for the November 2017 General Election. This is a limited opportunity for our community; the amount of state funding will definitely decrease and is likely to completely disappear in the future. Twenty one cents on the dollar (21%) of a new elementary complex is significant support to enhance learning, replace undersized learning spaces, address aging infrastructure, congestion and traffic flow. I will let the community know the outcome of the July OFCC meeting. We now wait… Enjoy your summer break!!

Announcing the hire of Dr. Samuel R. Ison     5/11/2017

In April, The Wayne Local Board of Education accepted the resignation of Principal Randy Gebhardt who has accepted a position with West Clermont Local School District.  Dr. Samuel R. Ison was hired to replace Mr. Gebhardt as Principal on Monday, May 8th at the WLS Board of Education meeting. 

Dr. Ison brings a wealth of knowledge and vast experience to Wayne Local Schools.  Sam is currently the Superintendent of Middletown City Schools.  He has been with Middletown since 2011.  Prior to Middletown, Dr. Ison was High School Principal at Lebanon High School (1996 – 2011) and Springfield Northwestern High School (1995-1996).  He started his education career at Milton Union as a Social Studies Teacher (1979-1986) and Middle School Principal (1986-1995). 

Sam is well known in education circles for his ability to generate a positive school culture.  The Waynesville job is especially attractive to Sam; the size and success of our school district provides him the opportunity to return to a position that works directly with students and teachers on a daily basis.

Dr. Ison has also been an Adjunct Professor with Xavier University’s Graduate School. 

There will be a “Meet and Greet” on Tuesday, May 16th from 3:00 to 4:00 p.m. in the High School Spartan Room for anyone interested in meeting Dr. Ison. 

Welcome to Waynesville Sam!

                                                            Pat Dubbs

                                                            Superintendent of Schools

Superintendent's Message on 4/11/2017

Join the Conversation (Part II)

 

Since the selection of LWC, Inc. at the December 12, 2016 board meeting we have collaboratively worked to develop a process to shape and maximize our facility planning at Wayne Local Schools.

 

Who is LWC Incorporated?  LWC provides comprehensive architectural interior design and planning services.  The firm is head quartered at 434 East First Street, Dayton, Ohio (across from Fifth-Third Field).  The firm is Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) certified.  The firm’s record of excellent design solutions has been achieved in the following markets:

  • Primary and Secondary Education
  • Higher Education
  • Arts, Culture and Community
  • Healthcare
  • Historic Renovation

 

LWC’s proximity to the Waynesville community allows their team to provide responsive client service to all our project related matters.  From the very beginning LWC has shown sensitivity to the additional scrutiny of projects that are funded by public dollars.  Taxpayers want every assurance that their dollars are spent in a prudent and responsible manner.  The LWC team is working with the Board and Administration of the district to meet that expectation.

 

Our community forums were designed to help us determine a course of action to address our aging school buildings that are not up to current standards when it comes to student learning and accessibility compliance.  We want to spend taxpayer dollars wisely as we determine whether to repair, renovate, or rebuild our individual buildings.

 

Forum participants were presented numerous aspects of facility planning; we asked how important each aspect was to them.  Using a 10 point scale, 10 being “extremely important” and 1 being “not important at all;” respondents identified four (4) critical expectations related to facility planning.

 

  1. Safety/Accessibility:  Our buildings need to keep safety at the forefront and provide American Disability Act Compliance for all students, staff and guests.  The average score was “9.3” and 71% of respondents ranked it as a “10.”
  2. Longevity:  The master facilities plan needs to last for multiple generations.  The average score was “9.2” and 73% of respondents ranked it as a “10”
  3. Value:  The Board of Education should select a master facilities plan that provides the greatest value for tax payers.  The average score was “9.1” and 67% of respondents ranked it as a “10.”
  4. Educational Purpose:  Providing a modern learning environment is essential for our students.  The average score was “9.1” and 57% of respondents ranked it as a “10.”

 

These four (4) aspects become foundational in the work the Board, Administration and LWC produce moving forward.

 

Future updates to follow on our progress as decisions are made.

 

Yours in Education,

Pat Dubbs, Superintendent of Schools

 

Superintendent’s Message 8/24/2016

 

At Waynesville we’re SMALL enough to really know our students.  That gives them BIG opportunities.

 The 2016/17 school year is off and running; this week students and staff returned with smiles and a renewed sense of energy and enthusiasm.  Whether you are a student, staff member, parent, or community member, you are an important part of the Spartan Community; we welcome, value, and appreciate your involvement and input. For our returning students and staff this is not just the beginning of a new school year it is a continuation; building upon the foundation and successes of previous years.  To our new families and staff, welcome to Waynesville; we are a public school system with a committed vision to provide the highest quality education, in a diverse student population, with compassion and excellence in all we do.    

 Over the summer months our maintenance staff, custodians, tech department, transportation and administration assistants worked diligently to prepare our buildings and offices for efficiency and effectiveness; we are ready for student action!  We are honored to serve our families, students, and community.  It is my sincere hope that everyone has a wonderful school year.  If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me at the Superintendent’s Office (513 897-6971) or email pdubbs@wayne-local.com

 

                                                                        Pat Dubbs

                                                                        Superintendent of Schools

 

 


 

Our school district is committed to the safety and education of all our students.  As we reflect on last week I want to communicate with parents and the community about safety issues when they arise.

 

All threats to our schools or staff are taken seriously and investigated thoroughly.  When we receive a threat we immediately determine the level; our protocol establishes multiple levels.  So our response is based upon the assessed level; not the emotional response.  We have reviewed our protocol with experts in school safety and we are confident in this protocol.  After threat assessment our first priorities are insuring the safety of all students and staff; then assisting law enforcement with investigative efforts.  We do not release all details to the public about the threat because it has become an “ongoing investigation.”  All legal entities we work with agree; students, staff, parents and community members are not privy to all aspects of a threat.  A release of detailed information often impedes the investigation; in our case limiting information helped to speed up the investigation and find the source of the threat.

 

As soon as possible the school district will notify parents and community with current, accurate information as to what is happening.  This is balanced with law enforcement and district personnel searching the buildings to assure the campus is safe.  When we determine modes of communication; we already know in advance that text, email, social media, and the District’s website are the fastest methods to communicate.  As Superintendent I made the decision to not use the phone call option because it takes over an hour to complete just one message.  Multiple phone messages actually bog down the system.  Text and email messages are immediate and allow us to send out multiple messages in a short duration.  During an evolving situation like threats or worse; we are more agile in our ability to communicate.  We’ve recommended the email and text options at the beginning of every school year and frequently in Good News Friday.  I received questions about why the text message directed the reader to our District website.  The text option allows a limited number of characters so rather than edit the message; we felt it was best to direct receivers to the District’s website for complete details.  Everything we communicate also goes out on Facebook; we highly recommend that you follow the District’s Facebook page and the Superintendent’s Facebook page.  My Facebook page is set up so anyone can read my messages.

 

Quick communication with parents and community is a goal; but it cannot come at the expense of our first priority in those first moments after a threat is made, to protect the children and staff under our care.

Tips to Make School Day Mornings Easier

Welcome back to Wayne Local Schools for the 2015-16 school year. Each new year is a time of excitement but it can also be very hectic.  Working parents may find school day mornings especially difficult, as their own work schedules can make mornings feel even more rushed. By employing several strategies to free up time in the morning; everyone can start their days off in a more relaxing atmosphere:

Wake up earlier, sleep might seem like a precious commodity, but waking up just 10 to 15 minutes earlier can remove some of the stress from work day mornings without costing you a lot of sleep time. Let kids sleep in until their normal wake up time, using your extra 10 or 15 minutes to shower or enjoy your morning cup of coffee before the house is abuzz with activity.

Tackle certain chores the night before. Delaying certain chores until you wake up makes for a hectic morning, so complete as many chores as possible before you go to bed for the night. Pre-pay or prepare school lunches in advance. Lay out clothes for yourself and your children, and make sure kids have their backpacks packed and ready to go before they go to bed. Each of these things may only take a few minutes, but when left for the morning, they can add up to a substantial amount of time.

Encourage youngsters to pick up the pace. Keep the television off. If watching the television is ingrained in your morning routine, try going a few days without it to see if this makes it easier to get out the door on time. Kids might grow distracted by morning shows or movies; even adults get caught up in morning news and weather forecasts.

Extracurricular activities can be important to a child’s development, serving as an avenue to meet new people and an opportunity to learn the importance of teamwork. Parents know that school comes before extracurricular activities, but kids may not be so wise. Keep in mind kids’ existing workloads when helping them find the right after school activities. Kids who over commit to extracurricular activities may end up feeling tired and burnt out; which can have a negative impact on their school work and attitude toward school. Waiting to complete school assignments till the morning because of after school activities can increase morning stress. Encourage kids to find activities they care about but emphasize that these activities should not become bigger priorities than school work.

GNF – Good News Friday
Good News Friday is an electronic newsletter that is sent every Friday during the school year. If you are interested in subscribing to GNF, please visit our website and subscribe.

One Call Now
One Call Now is Wayne Local School’s Emergency Notification System.

You can receive phone calls, text alerts or emails regarding School Closings, Delays, or other Special Events/Circumstances. Text messaging and emails will be received faster than phone calls; so we always encourage subscribers to sign up for text and/or email.

To register for One Call Now please send your information to Jim Lucas at kmiller@wayne-local.com or call him at 513-897-2776  x3007.  Mrs. Miller can also address any questions or problem you encounter.  Please provide your name, phone number and/or email. State your preference phone call/text message or email notification.

Pay For It
Student fees can be paid online by signing up for Pay For It. If you are interested in paying fees online visit our website and enroll.

Student Insurance
Student Insurance can be purchased from Guarantee Trust Life Insurance Co./N. Carol Insurance Agency, Inc. If you are interested in student insurance visit the Wayne Local School website under “District” and go to “Student Insurance.”

Spartan Pride Community Wide,
Pat Dubbs
Superintendent of Schools​​