Second Nine Weeks
It is hard to believe that the first nine weeks have ended and we are forging ahead to a new calendar year. First of all, I want to thank our voters for approving the 2.1-mill, seven-year emergency renewal levy to secure the future of our facilities. Because of your support, Edison High School will receive an updated, 1,500-seat multipurpose facility and sporting events will be centralized in one location. The goal is to have athletic fields completed by August of 2020 so baseball and softball games could be played on campus, while the two-story gymnasium project has a targeted date in August of 2021. Other renovations have already been completed including the new track, cafeteria flooring and updates in the auditorium such as new drywall, ceiling tiles and paint plus a new projection system and screen. The elementary schools have also undergone upgrades with preschool classrooms expanded at Stanton and new playground equipment at both Stanton and John Gregg, while even more improvements are being planned.
Another plus is the addition of a new Family Engagement Specialist to help guide the positive mental well-being of our students. Funding is provided by a Student Wellness Grant and administered through the Ohio Department of Education under Ohio House Bill 166 as part of the ODE’s “Each Child, Our Future” strategic plan to ensure each student is challenged, prepared and empowered for his or her future by way of an excellent grade PreK-12 education. The concept is to meet the needs of the whole child, be they physical, social, emotional and intellectual. To that end, Edison Local Schools has teamed up with The Village Network to create the specialist’s post and promote mental health, family engagement and support. The idea is to bridge the gap between home and school and provide families with access to resources. We will also offer tele psychiatry in the school setting to save parents from traveling or who have an inability to get to a TVN site.
Meanwhile, the new Career Pathways program has been instituted in our three schools to give students a glimpse into their future. The Career Pathway Specialist works at John Gregg, Stanton and EHS to help pupils establish goals for their potential jobs. Most recently, a career expo was held and local professionals spoke about their work and steps they took to realize their dreams. The Career Pathway project is a way for Edison to maintain its mission of having graduates enrolled in a college, university or trade school, employed in the workforce or enlisted in the military. The Career Pathway Specialist also helps students navigate the many options offered by Edison Local Schools and the Jefferson County Joint Vocational School and works with local businesses, trade unions and other employers to set up opportunities for pupils to be exposed to every opportunity possible.
Finally, the district revised its five-year strategic plan to ensure success through continued improvements to curriculum, buildings and technology. The plan is available for review and was the subject of several meetings in September to obtain feedback Edison Local Schools have put forth a great effort to ensure student success while continuing to evolve with the times, and we look ahead to an even brighter future.