Dear Bulldog Community,
Welcome to the Olmsted Falls City School District’s website! OFCS is committed to providing our students with a comprehensive “Triple-A” experience, which develops and fosters their Academic, Artistic and Athletic growth. We believe in and take great pride in the academic and extra-curricular performances of our students. We are committed to the development of the whole child. We believe the essential question is: In what ways can we best prepare our students to be leaders for a future that is fast-changing, digital, and global?
We accomplished some very important things during the course of the 2013-2014 school year. From a facilities standpoint, we’ve continued to utilize the Permanent Improvement Levy resources to take care of and maintain our buildings and grounds. We’ve been able to upgrade our wireless capabilities throughout the district, invest in mobile technology at the high school and most recently, the middle and high school gymnasiums were painted. There are a number of other maintenance projects – including roof replacement and repairs to driveways and parking lots– that are currently underway over the summer.
Perhaps the most important undertaking this year has been engaging in a strategic planning process. Like any highly effective organization we need to be visionary and work more efficiently. Throughout the school year a team comprised of students, a business partner from Vitamix, teachers, secretaries, bus drivers, board members, and administrators has worked diligently to create a draft of the district’s strategic plan. The purpose of the plan is to more clearly define the mission, strategies and action steps the district will take over the next three to five years. We believe that we will need to more clearly define multiple pathways for student success based on the local, regional and national markets. Further, we are even more committed to determining student potential in a more robust manner so that we can align career pathways and student interests. A career pathway shouldn’t reveal itself after graduation. Instead, we want to begin the exploration at younger grades so that students can explore what interests them and what interests align with their skills.
We recognize and appreciate our community’s trust in us and do not take it for granted. There is a political climate that often does not look favorably upon public education and essentially treats all school organizations the same…we are different. We are a living example that publically funded education can and does work. We will explore more efficient ways to provide a high quality and valued student experience within a limited amount of resources.
To that end, we are committed to providing our students with the proper facilities, learning tools and experiences to empower them to make an impact on society. Our high school facility has been overcrowded for over a decade and approximately 1,000 students regularly brave the rain, snow and ice each day as they take classes in modular classrooms. Along with obvious safety and security risks, this presents instructional equity issues. We want to bring all of our high school students under one instructional room and will be continuing discussions on how to make this happen following the narrow defeat in May of a bond issue designed to meet these needs.
You and your children are in one of the best school districts in the State of Ohio and, with your on-going assistance, we will make it even better.
Dr. Jim Lloyd, Superintendent7/7/2014