Grant Money Makes Medical Program Renovations Possible

Hilliard City Schools announced earlier this year that thanks to a nearly $1 million grant from the State’s Straight A Fund, the district would be expanding its medical field opportunities for students. Academy MD is part of the programming options available at the McVey Innovative Learning Center and helps students to be prepared for one of the fastest growing industries for job growth not only now, but for the foreseeable future as well. Read More

A Summer State of Mind

Summer is a time for rejuvenation, reflection and relaxation. It doesn’t matter if you take a vacation to the beach, escape to a lake or simply enjoy the slower pace at home – summer is when we simply seem to have more time. We are greeted by daylight early each morning and outdoor activities are extended well into the evening.

It is often difficult to see the telltale reminders that it isn’t an endless summer. Those back to school sales, emails from coaches and principals regarding upcoming parent meetings and fall clothing appearing in stores all serve as reality checks – summer will slowly begin to shift into a return to faster pace, packed calendars and frantic activities of fall. Read More

Dare to Dream of Change

We must recognize differences as we assess students – there is no single test to measure every student’s mastery. How we provide instruction, inspire creativity, embrace diversity and empower greatness must be personalized . . . education can’t take place on an assembly line. We are not preparing students for the industrial age; we are cultivating students to be problem solvers, creative thinkers and inspired leaders. Read More

Complexities of Measuring Effectiveness

“Why are there so many different measurers reported for the third grade reading test?

“Why do the Ohio Department of Education and the district report different percentages? Are you trying to hide something?”

“What are the real OAA results?”

These are all quotes that have been sent in my direction – either in person or on social media – from community members about the reporting of third grade reading assessments. These questions provide a great opportunity for conversations – meaningful, honest communications about accountability. Read More

What’s He Thinking when Buying Eggs?

Just last week I was standing at the grocery, buying eggs, and checking to make sure none of the eggs were broken. While concluding I did in fact have a dozen eggs ready for consumption, a very nice community member, the father of a student in our district, introduced himself to me. We had a pleasant conversation about my first year as superintendent. Towards the end of the conversation he asked, “What would you like to see for next year?” I, of course, entered into a recitation of our district goals. He politely interrupted and said, “I’m not looking for the company line – what areas do you think need to improve?” Read More

Refinancing Bonds to Save Money for Taxpayers

During the June 9 meeting, the Board of Education approved a resolution that will allow the district to refinance approximately $5.6 million in bonds issued a 2006 to ultimately save tax payers dollars. The sale should allow taxpayers to save $1.78 million over a 14 year period and is similar to a deal the district executed in 2013 that provided a net present value savings of 7.38 percent to taxpayers. Read More

Summer Isn’t an End . . . It’s a beginning

Summer has a special place in our society. From Alice Cooper’s Schools out for Summer to The Summer of ’69 with Bryan Adams there is a certain magic about the warm, long sun filled days of summer.

Without a doubt summer is a change of pace for those of us that work in schools. One of my favorite aspects of summer is golf shirts verse dress shirts, ties and suits. While summer is certainly a time to relax, it isn’t a time that schools come to a stop. The district will continue to be active planning for August 19th, the first day of school, each and every day during the summer months. Read More