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Message from Superintendent, Douglas Fries
Greenville City Schools Update - Welcome to the 2020-2021 School Year
Doug Fries

Welcome to the 2020-21 school year.  Our administration and staff are eager to begin another year with the students, parents, grandparents, and community members after an extended break due to the pandemic.  We hope to work with everyone to make this another successful instructional year whether in-person or online related to the COVID-19 condition.

The district has been ordering the necessary personal protective equipment (PPE) for this school year to allow us to keep all students and staff safe.  Furthermore, we have been ordering appropriate cleaning supplies and equipment as well as hand sanitizer to maintain a clean learning environment in both our buildings and on the buses.  We also plan to work with the requirements and recommendations of the Ohio Department of Education and the state/local health departments for appropriate school symptom monitoring, use of facial masks by staff and students, social distancing, and hand washing.

The updated Reset and Restart School Plan following the health and safety guidance is available on our website,  Some additional features to this plan are that all our staff are reviewing this plan in building and department meetings.  All staff are also participating in our online COVID-19 training course.  The district has received 1,500 thermometers from Wayne HealthCare to distribute to parents to assist daily in temperature monitoring of students before they come to school.  Thank you very much to Wayne HealthCare for this generous donation to assist our families with self-monitoring.

The district has also purchased UV wands for our bus drivers and custodians to use while cleaning buses and buildings in assigned areas.  Portable hand sanitizers have been installed throughout the buildings including entrances, shared common areas, and career technology labs.

Another major step of safety taken by the district was buying four state of the art UVC portable technology lights that can be moved from classroom to classroom that elevate the standards of environmental cleaning and disinfecting strategies in all our buildings.  A fundamental reference technology for environmental disinfection, UVC light can safely and effectively eradicate multiple fungi, bacteria, and viruses, including the corona virus/COVID-19, creating a safer environment for our children and staff while learning and instructing.  This will give our staff, students, and parents added peace of mind to return to our facilities.  These apparatuses are expected to arrive soon and we thank the board of education for their support of this purchase for the district.

With the beginning of the 2020-2021 school year, it is evident that remote learning will be a reality to some students and possibly more as the year progresses.  We will begin the year presently with 410 students choosing to receive remote distance learning.  We have selected 12 of our teachers to teach full time remotely thanks to the cooperation of the Greenville Education Association.  Many other teachers will be teaching an assigned classroom period remotely.  Finally, some high school students will continue to take courses through our high school virtual academy that have an assigned curriculum online monitored by our high school teachers.

We will be incorporating a districtwide Learning Management System (LMS) from the very beginning of the 2020-2021 school year.  Our teaching staff has been involved with both online training this summer and will receive in-person training on September 1-3, 2020.  Our goal is to have staff using the LMS in both remote and in-person education from the beginning of the year to help staff and students become familiar.  Our curriculum department has planned scheduled training for parents who have chosen first semester remote learning for their children.  This information is located on our website for the dates and times.

This fall, our district will now participate in two waiver days on September 2-3, 2020. School will now begin for students on September 8, 2020.  The original waiver days at the end of September and October will now be student instructional days.  The last school day for students in the 2020-2021 school year will now be June 3, 2020.  June 4, 2020 will be the staff work day and June 5, 2020 will be graduation.

Our elementary through tenth grades will continue to participate in Measurement of Academic Progress (MAP) testing to continue throughout the year to keep a close measure on our alignment to end of year required state assessments.  This can also occur for remote learners.  At the high school, we will continue for the sixth year with the College Credit Plus program with the majority of our students attending Edison State, Sinclair, and Wright State.  We also look forward to continuing with our Career Tech programming at the high school which is consistently well received by our students.  One additional program this year is Project Life.  Many of these programs continue to compete in state and national competitions.  The junior class will continue to take the required ACT test for all junior students this spring.

The district would like to highlight the following students for their outstanding achievements in the 2020 Virtual State Science Day event that were recognized over the summer.

Anthony Masso-Rivetti – Excellent Rating
Landon Muhlenkamp – Superior Rating
Ash Williams – Excellent Rating
Leo Williams – Excellent Rating

Likewise, the district would like to recognize Nicole Hawk for being honored as one of the Western Ohio Art Education Association’s Outstanding Art Teachers of the Year.  Nicole teaches at both our high school and middle school and we salute her accomplishment.

Our district continues to be on a rotational basis to purchase textbooks and supplemental materials beyond the required College Credit Plus textbook purchases.  This year our district purchased many new foreign language, business education, and health textbooks and materials.  Next year we will be purchasing math and fine arts materials.

This fall we will continue to contract with the City of Greenville to provide us with two school resource officers.  One will continue to be housed at the high school while the other will be at the K-8 facility.  These SRO’s will assist us with safety and security, but also provide educational programming.  They have done an outstanding job for the district and it our pleasure to work with the city to staff these positions.  Safety wise we continue to use ALICE safety procedures as well which staff have been trained in.

As we begin a new year, remember to travel slowly on Ohio and Main Street and observe the speed limit when students are present and particularly during drop off and dismissal times at the K-8 complex, as well as, the high school.  Always slowdown in the parking lots and follow marked traffic flow to keep everyone safe.  At the K-8 complex in front of the building the first row of parking on both sides will be reserved for visitors.  Staff members assigned to these buildings will not park in these areas.  All visitors must now enter Memorial Hall by the side door, next to the parking lot, and be buzzed in for security purposes.

Please join me in welcoming the new employees to the Greenville School District.  We look forward to working with each of them in our educational delivery and are glad they have joined the Greenville School District team.  The following is the list of new employees at the time of this release:

High School:  Jessica Sink (Language Arts Teacher)

Middle School: Michael Ausra (Intervention Specialist); Mallory Clevenger (Language Arts Teacher); Katie Gathard (Secretary); Melissa Bush (Custodian); Natalie Townsend (Math Teacher); Dana Williams (Half-Time Nurse);

Elementary School:  Caitlin Beasecker (Intervention Specialist); Jake Fitzgerald (Asst. Principal); Rachel Francis (Secretary); Madeline Innes (Intervention Specialist); Lauren Murphy (Speech Pathologist); Kelsey Tester-Ervin (Art Teacher); Shelby Voisard (1st Grade Teacher);

Transportation:  Tina Walton (Bus Monitor Para Professional)

Food Service:     Andrea Strawser (Server/Cook); Katie Walters (Food Service Manager)

This fall on Election Day, our school district will have an operational renewal levy on the ballot.  This levy will have no new taxes but is simply the renewal of an existing 5.50 mill tax levy that has been in existence since 1996.  Again, this renewal levy will appear on the November 3, 2020 ballot as approved by the board of education and it represents no new taxes, just a continuation for another five-year cycle for what exists in our current operational cycle.  This renewal levy would also allow the homestead reduction factor to continue for qualifying residents.

I am also pleased to remind you that the district successfully refinanced the bonds at the K-8 building and the high school renovation this past year.  In restructuring the financing at both buildings, the district tax payers saved 18.35% over the life of the bonds.  This is an overall savings to the district tax payers on the K-8 building project and high school renovation of $10,528,594.00 again over the life of the bonds.  Treasurer Jenna Jurosic and myself worked with the Municipal Advisors Bradley Payne Advisors, Bond Council Dinsmore and Shohl, and Underwriter Stifel Nicolaus and Company on the resale of the bonds to secure the savings on the recent building project.  The district continues to try to be ongoing fiscally responsible to the district tax payers.

Likewise, the district tries to continue to be fiscally responsible to our parents both by continuing to provide iPads to all students, with no technology fees, and by students participating in athletics and extra curriculars with no additional fees.  Last spring, we also delivered 16,675 school lunches during the Stay at Home Order free of charge.

This year the board of education and district have made a continued effort to improve and provide more mental health services and support. The district will continue two additional contracts with Recovery and Wellness to provide mental health services.  One is mental health counseling available for all needed students with parental permission after a screening if necessary.  One day a week coordinated at the high school and the other day at the K-8 complex.  The second contract is for the student support groups at the high school for two hours a week.  Allocations for additional mental health services continue in this year’s state wellness budget.   The district also continues to employ a part time social worker for the fifth year as well.

Remember, the entire Greenville School faculty and staff is here to assist you – our students, parents and community.  If we can be of assistance, please feel free to contact our principals or myself.  I can be reached by phone at 937-548-3185, or by email at [email protected]  Let’s all work together to make 2020-2021 an outstanding school year.  Our district wants to focus on being kind, providing hope, and developing our remote distance learning and Learning Management System to assist with the pandemic condition.

We look forward to seeing all of you again this fall.  Remember, this year we will need to be flexible with our education delivery.  Go Wave!

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