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?
This winter presented itself as a challenge. Several times it disrupted student instruction by shutting us down. While we may not always agree when school calamity days should occur, I do appreciate the feedback I receive. Thankfully we are not required to make up any calamity days at this point in time.
While the year isn’t over yet, we have been able to accomplish some very important things. From a facilities standpoint we’ve utilized 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 that will receive attention 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 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.
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. In order to accomplish this we will ask our voters to approve Bond Issue (Issue #4) to improve our high school facility on May 6. Our high school facility has been overcrowded for over a decade and approximately 1,000 students 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 need Issue #4 to be favorable to make that happen. For more information on Issue #4, please visit http://www.prideinolmstedschools.com/.
We are rounding third and heading home into the 4th quarter of the school year. Prom will soon occur as will graduation. I would strongly encourage you to come and see our students compete and/or perform during the spring. Whether you have a student participating or not, you will be proud that you reside here. 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, Superintendent