Superintendent Message

SUPERINTENDENT’S NOTE

Calamity Days

The groundhog definitely saw his shadow.  We have had some tough decisions to make with respect to school delays and cancellations. We have currently utilized seven calamity days. A couple of years ago the state changed schools from days to hours; therefore, we have flexibility in how many days we must make up.  Woodmore has quite a few hours above the state standard. This being said, our staff has been supportive of working on days the district has cancelled school for the day. In the teachers’ association contract, days 6, 7, & 8, teachers report to school. This has been positive for us as we have been able to do some curriculum alignment during these times and save the district funds. If we go beyond day number 8, we will communicate how these days will be made up.  Our preference would be for the groundhog to reappear and keep this weather at bay. Bring on Spring!

Permanent Improvement Renewal

On another note, spring will soon be upon us and with spring comes election time.  Woodmore Local Schools has placed a renewal on the ballot for May 8. Woodmore has been working to align the district’s expenditures and save funds, but these renewals support the facilities and services we provide for “Our Kids.”  The ballot issue that is up for renewal on May 8th is for permanent improvement items - buses, buildings, books, technology, structural improvements - essentially, anything with a five-year life.

Our high school is a solid building, but it was built in 1991 and is 26 years old and simply needs continual maintenance just like any house would.  The funds from this levy have supported our replacement of the heating and cooling system in the high school, bus purchases, gym improvement, painting, equipment upgrades, furniture purchases and many other of these types of projects already; however, we believe it is important to continue keeping our “house” updated and in order.  To continue the  positive services and environment we provide for “Our Kids” everyday.

"Our Kids" Safety

I, just as I’m sure all of you, have been deeply troubled by the latest school violence from Parkland, Florida, to even as local as the Toledo area.  We at Woodmore want you to know we place first the safety of “Our Kids.”  We review safety plans, we work with local emergency agencies, we have done tabletop drills with local first responders, law enforcement is in and out of our buildings often--we are working with these agencies to devise next steps to protect “Our Kids”. We utilize ALICE Training with staff and students. This is training in case we have an active shooter situation. ALICE stands for Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, and Evade.  We keep striving to improve our safety and connect with kids on a regular basis to keep “Our Kids” safe.

There’s an old adage that says “It takes a village to raise a child” or in our case, two villages. Keeping “Our Kids” safe is a community effort. I’m sure many of you are asking, how can we help?  I believe strongly in the following two ways to help.  First, if you see or hear something, Speak up! If you hear or see odd behavior, overhear threats, or just get that feeling that something isn’t right, contact police and/or school officials.  It’s better to report something, check into it, and find out it’s nothing rather than to know something, not share, and something horrific happens. Second, connect with kids. I believe this is the most underestimated part of keeping “Our Kids” safe.  Any positive connection you can make allows “Our Kids” another outlet and resource for the trials and tribulations of growing up.  This is integral to making learning happen as well as keeping “Our Kids” safe. By allowing kids to communicate their negative thoughts to adults, we are able to Speak up to get “Our Kids” the help they need.  Thank you for your continued support of “Our Kids.”

Tim Rettig  

“Our Kids”

Go Cats!


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