From the Superintendent . . .
The 2013-2014 school year will start for West Geauga Local School students on Wednesday, August 21. We anxiously await the students return and look forward to another outstanding school year. Our buildings and facilities are already busy with fall practices, summer camps and early season contests.
Our maintenance and custodial staff has done another tremendous job preparing our buildings for the return of staff and students. Painting of classrooms was added to the summer routine of cleaning, waxing and general repairs and preparation. The roofing project at Westwood Elementary has been completed on time, with just a couple of very minor pieces to be completed. This work is the first phase of the district-wide roof replacements made possible through the approval of the five-year permanent improvement levy in the fall. As discussed in the spring, this first phase was able to be completed significantly under budget, allowing us to consider addressing a larger area of roofing needs in the summer of 2014.
District Report Card
Later this month we will receive information on the state report card results. While preliminary data indicates we, once again, have met all grade level indicators, schools in Ohio will now be rated A-F and in different categories than before. We will be providing more information further as it is released from the Ohio Department of Education.
We will be continuing our publication of a district newsletter and mail it to each household in the district. The initial publication in last spring was very well received. The fall edition will focus on communicating the results of the Long-Range Planning process and introducing new staff. As a means of reducing costs and improving convenience for the readers, we will be considering ways to publish this district communication electronically as well.
In closing, we want to again express our gratitude for the partnerships with our community, business organizations and, especially, our parents. Our staff and students are grateful for all you do for us. It is with your help we continue to …
Keep West Best!
Geoff Palmer, Superintendent