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More Options for Winter Weather

We have certainly had an unusual winter. We have had near record cold, above average snowfall and great fluctuations in temperature. It is early January and we have already utilized three calamity days. So how do we keep our mission of ensuring every student is Ready for Tomorrow while also ensuring the safety of students during the highs and lows of the winter months? One option we will now consider using is a two-hour delay. Read More

Inspire Through Conversation

We live in a world dominated by absolutes – a world that is lived at the extremes.

We live in a world focused on the immediate – a world that doesn’t want to wait.

We live in a world that is fast to blame, slow to forgive – a world that seeks the silver bullet at the expense of the process.

The extremes – the immediacy and the blame – that so often dominate our world today often fly in the face of innovation, of problem solving . . . of learning itself. Learning isn’t always immediate; learning is a process. Learning requires experiences and learning requires ownership. Read More

Embracing Starts with Listening

Steven Covey identified the importance of listening in his Seven Habits of Highly Effective People when he stated, “Seek first to understand, then to be understood.” Effective leaders are able to cultivate relationships and to understand the people with whom they interact. As we work together, to support a common vision and mission, we must first listen and gather information.

The Hilliard area is a diverse community and as a school district we strive to embrace our differences. Our diversity is one of our greatest strengths and prepares our students for success as adults. Young people in the Hilliard City School District develop an appreciation, an authentic respect, for our differences. The Hilliard Way embraces diversity and cultivates acceptance. Read More

Teamwork Required To Keep Children Safe

According to the website, a federal government website managed by the United States Department of Health and Human Services, by definition, “Bullying is unwanted, aggressive behavior among school aged children that involves a real or perceived power imbalance. The behavior is repeated, or has the potential to be repeated, over time.” Simply by nature, schools are a prime location for potential bullying behavior. As educators we play an important role in cultivating a safe, comfortable environment for young people to learn and grow. Read More

Inspiring Confidence in Fiscal Management

The most famous causality dilemma is probably “which came first, the chicken or the egg?” This reference to a circular argument is common in casual references to causation. For public school districts we often find ourselves in a similar circular argument regarding school finance. Our goal is to hear and honor the fiscal concerns of the taxpaying public, while providing a variety of educational opportunities and experiences for a diverse student population. Without fiscal support, we are unable to provide the opportunities for students. Without a strong educational product, our community isn’t a destination to raise a family. For districts, the challenge is finding balance – a balance between costs and opportunities, a balance that provides exceptional value for the community’s investment. Read More

PART III – We All Must Work Together

Parenting is a tough job. While all of us would like to say our children always make reasonable decisions, it is unwise to ever say, “my child will never . . .” Parents need to stick together. If you see something on a social site, read something in a text message or hear something that makes you uneasy, please take the time to contact other parents. As a parent, I’d much rather have unpleasant conversations with another parent than wait for something worse to happen. Wouldn’t you appreciate a phone call that could spark a conversation with your own child? Read More