I am pleased to announce that the Ross Local School District has once again earned high ratings on the 2014 Ohio Department of Education District Report Card. Our district received all A and B grades on the major components of the report card. These ratings are a testament not only to the outstanding individuals who work with our children each day, but also to the parents and other community members who support our schools in many ways. The Ross School District is blessed to have hard working students, committed staff members, exemplary administrators, and a supportive community. It takes everyone working together to achieve this high level of recognition. Let’s continue the trend in the 2014 – 2015 school year!
Our staff is working diligently to prepare for the new Ohio learning standards and assessments that will be put in place this school year. The new state assessments will be much more rigorous for our students than the past state tests and will be conducted online. Our teachers have written new courses of study for each subject area to reflect the new standards. We have also upgraded our internet connection and installed wireless access points in every classroom in the district to prepare for the online testing. Information from the Ohio Department of Education indicates that the passing percentages on the new state assessments are anticipated to be lower than those in the past. I assure you that the Ross educational team will do everything in their power to have our students prepared to do their very best on the assessments.
The completion of the additions and renovations at Morgan Elementary School this summer marks the end of the district’s 57 million dollar Facilities Improvement Plan. Begun with the passage of a bond issue in 2002, the plan has allowed the district to build a new high school and place additions on and totally renovate the other school buildings. The community should be proud of providing 21st Century learning spaces for their children.
The district will also be able provide a 21st Century learning experience for our students through the award of a Straight A Fund Grant from the Ohio Department of Education in the amount of $949,987. This grant titled Personalization through Digital Age Teaching and Learning will provide every student in grades 5-12 a Chromebook laptop computer. Learning will be transformed through student utilization of digital resources to provide a more personalized online learning experience. In addition, formative assessments will be used by teachers to select resources and activities based on students’ identified needs. Reductions in spending for textbooks, paper, copier and printer maintenance, along with the need to no longer maintain general use computer labs will provide funds to purchase new devices every four years.
The time has come for the district to establish a new District Improvement Plan. I plan to set up a series of meetings to receive input from our parents and community members regarding the performance of the district to help establish our new three year goals. I hope each of you will consider participating in this process.
As always, if you have any questions or concerns regarding any aspect of the operation of the Ross Local School District, do not hesitate to contact me. I pledge to return your call or email within 24 hours. I wish you and your children a very successful 2014 – 2015 school year. I look forward to seeing each of you at building and district events.
Superintendent of Schools
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The Ross Local School District has consistently achieved excellent ratings due to the dedication of staff and students and support of the community.