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From the Superintendent . . .

As we head into the early weeks of the second semester, I would like to take a few moments to thank you for your continued commitment to West Geauga Schools and also offer current updates on several items.

All are encouraged to join us for the West Geauga Local School District's annual State of the Schools address that will be delivered on Wednesday, February 12, 2014, at 6:30 p.m. in Room 124 of West Geauga High School.  An overview of the academic and financial status of the district will be presented.  Special emphasis on how current and future endeavors and collaborations are working to meet the district’s expectations for excellence will be shared.  Long-range planning and open enrollment will be addressed.

Work continues on the district’s Long-Range Plan and ongoing outreach.  Significantly, we are also seeking the input of various stakeholders.  We have interviewed community leadership, surveyed teachers and staff and will also reach out to students in the next few days.  Additionally, we will survey a random sample of our community members, to ensure broad representation.

It is our hope everyone will carefully contemplate the issues brought forth in this survey and share their comments.  This gathering of information is yet another important element in helping to guide the district’s vision for the future.

There has been a lot of discussion about the district’s current open enrollment policy that has been in effect since 2007 (for 7 years). Please be assured we are studying the current policy including reviewing enrollment trends, class sizes, academic performance, programmatic opportunities, and budgetary impact.  It is also important to mention that, at this stage, there have been no decisions regarding open enrollment for next school year, nor any related building closures.  These decisions are not easy and therefore require extensive research and feedback from those that are impacted the most.

Be assured that when decisions are reached, they will be announced in an appropriate and timely manner.

Our students are achieving at high levels, they receive a quality education and enjoy a rich tradition of extra and co-curricular activities.  It is my goal to ensure all decisions are made in the best interest of our students to maintain academic excellence.

 

Geoff Palmer, Superintendent
geoff.palmer@westg.org


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