Western Brown’s Leto excels in Australia Rockets ready for 1st season in SBAAC Paddling, hiking activities available at Ohio State Parks SB Warriors get set to hit gridiron for 2nd year of varsity football Scotty W Johnson Glenna V Moertle Ricky L Hoffer Ruth E Ward David A Watson Janet L Dotson Vilvie S King Steven C Utter Cropper joins Fallis at Bethel-Tate Local kids find success in world of martial arts 13th annual Bronco 5K Run and Fitness Walk set for Aug. 5 Teams compete in memory of Randy Fulton Mike W Smith Roger Helton David A Borders Timothy E Argenbright Joseph W Sherrill Frances K Pedigo Cecil N Graham Sawyers charged in sex for heroin plot Group demands changes at ELSD Blanche Malblanc Pauline L Kirk Over 70 take part in 11th Joe Myers 5K Classic Lions Club 4th of July Festival brings outdoor fun to Ripley ODNR reminds visitors to swim safe this summer Changes in high school track and field/cross country rules include school issued and approved uniforms Betty L Philpott Judy B Williams Billie J Russell Remembering Ravye 25 attend volleyball camp in Fayetteville Western Brown hosts Pee Wee Football Camp Eugene L Baumann Kids enjoy a ‘Touch-a-Truck’ event in Mt. Orab New police chief takes over in Fayetteville BC Chamber moving forward on 2017 SummerFest Two killed in wrong way crash in Mt. Orab Jack Hamilton Charles L Glover Maxine M Stires Western Brown youth basketball camps a success Leto to represent Team USA in Australia Broncos hard at work in preparation for fall season Eastern approves bowling team Phyllis Ruth Lois A Manley Eddie L Carr Thomas L Carnahan Cameron Barkley Walter J McGee Gary J Graham George D Johnson Walter F Crawford Jr Charles E Meranda Jr Corbin testifies before Ohio Senate Five arrested in Hamersville drug bust Neil Diamond tribute band coming Hyde finds home at Midway Youngsters work to improve on hoop skills at Eastern basketball camps Sizer named All-District Honorable Mention Western Brown’s Barnes earns All-State, All-District honors Local players compete in SWOFCA Ron Woyan East/West All-Star Game 6th annual Ravye Williams Memorial 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament set for June 24 Clarence E Teal Rosie B Poe Monard C Boots James P Conrad James T Dinser Scott J Swearingen Eastern’s Farris earns award for top 2-point field percentage in Ohio Georgetown’s Seigla earns All-District honors OHSAA announces 2017 football regions and playoffs format Western Brown volleyball camps a success with over 100 in attendance Rigdon finishes high school running career with 10th place finish at state track and field championship meet Grace E Fite Women return to county jail as funds start to run low Georgetown Council takes action on vacant structures Veterans honored in Mt. Orab John McGee Timmy Burson Patricia A London Mary J Hall Kenneth R Behymer Western Brown’s Joe Sams commits to Marietta College WBHS to hold girls youth basketball camp Huseman signs with UC Clermont Day to continue baseball career on collegiate level at UC Clermont Western’s Pack signs with NKU WBHS to host youth boys basketball camp Eastern’s Rigdon, Hopkins are STATE BOUND James Ratliff Robert P Lesko Armstrong sentenced to twenty years on child porn possession charges Russellville hires new Village Clerk Russellville Council approves purchase of two ambulances

Setting goals and percentages

“Think like a taxpayer that has no children and grandchildren in our school system.” This is a line that I throw at our district level administrative team every year as they plan their goals and strategies for improvement.

Even though they know it’s coming, I often get blank stares as a response to this request. We seem to always fall short of making all our taxpayers see and feel the value of an excellent school system. This year will be different. The entire Georgetown Board of Education and I set goals annually. One of our 5 goals this school year is to engage our community.

Board of education goals for the 2015-16 school year:

• Engage our community, specifically those that have no connection to the school;

• Maintain 80 days cash in the General Fund ($22,500 is what it takes to run the district for one day);

• Ninety percent proficiency for third grade reading and math;

• Ninety-six percent graduation rate and increase our college credit offerings on our campus by 25 percent;

• One-hundred percent student growth academically.

It is my hope that there will be a day when every citizen that resides in our school district opens up their annual tax statement and feels a sense of pride in knowing that they are contributing to a school system that adds value to the community as a whole.

I want to be able to knock on doors or make phone calls to any of our taxpayers and ask them the question, “How does the school system add value to the community,” and have 100 percent of the people be able to rattle off four to five responses without hesitating. Is that a lofty goal? Yes!

Strong schools equal strong communities and strong communities create strong schools. It’s a relationship that cannot exist without all stakeholders believing that they are collectively making a difference for one another.

Excellent school systems are active in the community, attract new families, new businesses, new investments and ultimately increase the value of all the property in the entire community.

Excellent communities believe that the local schools are doing everything within their power to provide a world-class educational system for the youth and have a core belief that the greatest investment they can make is to developing young minds.

I was talking to a salesman earlier this week on the phone that lived in a suburban district on the outskirts of Cincinnati. He shared a story that resonated with me. He said, “My wife and I just bought a house in this district so our kids could go to school here. They do not have open-enrollment, so you have to be a resident of the district to attend their school system. We moved from a four-bedroom house to a two-bedroom house. We sold one of our cars to eliminate a payment in order to afford the downsized home we bought. It’s all worth it, though, because our kids are now able to attend great schools.”

It starts with us. We must believe that our work is far greater than teaching x’s and o’s. We have an obligation and a responsibility to be the hub of learning for our entire community.

Throughout this year, you will see and hear about community service projects our students and staff are doing. Our students and staff will provide opportunities for adult learning and exercise opportunities on our campus. You will see our student council, our character development classes (40 developmental assets), our Art Club and Drama Club engaged and connecting with our senior citizen population.

John F. Kennedy said, “Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country.”

As we open next school year, I will hit all of our staff and students with a similar message of, “Ask not what our community can do for us, but what we can do to build a rock solid community in which everyone wants to call home.”

If you ever have any questions, comments or concerns about Georgetown Exempted Village Schools or just education in general, please give me a call or send me an email.

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