Vilvens signs with Mount St. Joseph SBAAC awards girls tennis all-stars Layman inducted into Miami University Athletic Hall of Fame SBAAC hands out awards to First Team girls’ soccer all-stars John D Marks Fourteen indicted by Brown County Grand Jury Commissioners donate to task force Voters return Worley to the bench Georgetown Police Department welcomes new officers Ruby A Ratliff Donna J Moore Stella M Glasscock Ellen L Gelter Alverda T Guillermin Justin N Beach EHS dedicates ‘Kiser Court’ SBAAC awards First Team football all-stars, winning teams Sizer earns SBAAC American Division Volleyball Player of Year honors for 3rd straight year Broncos to host Blue Jays for OHSAA ‘Jimmy Young’ Foundation Game, Nov. 17 Vern W Kidd Jr Brown County Election Results – 2017 Michael D Hines Raymond W Napier Leslie E Boyle Gary L Barber Meth makes a comeback The bomber crash of 1944 4-H holds ‘shootout’ with BCSO County jobless rate falls Russell K Wolfer SHAC recognizes volleyball all-stars SHAC cross country all-stars take home awards Eastern girls finish runner-up in SHAC golf standings Week 10 football roundup Kathleen J Bright Sister Marjean Clement Veterans Service Office Moves G’town FFA has great fair Bald Eagles spotted 2017 Celebration of Lights being planned Eight indicted by grand jury Carlos L Beck Georgetown XC teams qualify for regional championship meet Warriors advance to Div. II Regional Meet Lady Rockets reach end to successful volleyball season Week nine football roundup Lady Warriors regional bound Amy J Caudill Bertha Lindsey Bobby S Conley Body found in ditch, investigation underway Former Aberdeen Fiscal Officer pleads guilty Keeping kids safe on the school bus Mary E Hahn Gary R Cornette Week 8 football roundup Notable soccer season reaches end for G-Men Lady Broncos are SBAAC American Division XC champs SHAC XC title goes to Lady Warriors Arthur Smith Eugene M Jennings Jr Billy R Kilgore Sr Carol D Roberts Thelma L Gray Sheriff Ellis meets President Trump Quarter Auction to pay for fire engine restoration Upcoming Quarter Raffle, Oct. 14 to benefit PRC Man found dead in ditch Rev Alvin B Woodruff Jackson L Russell Lady Broncos bring home 11th SBAAC American Division title in 12 years Lady Rockets wrap up regular season Warriors rally for win Broncos make it two in a row Helen L Whalen Veterans saluted at the Brown County Fair Fayetteville cancels school after threat Tommy J Stamper Sue Day Broncos move closer to SBAAC American Division title Lady G-Men working hard, showing improvement Sports complex soon to open in Mt. Orab Week 6 football roundup H Ray Warnock Jennings faces multiple sex offenses Georgetown nears water system completion Bible Baptist Barbeque brings big crowd Linda Taylor Rene Sizemore-Dahlheimer Eugene Snider Eric Workman Gregory Terry Edith M Moore Eileen Womacks Michael C Jennings Janice K Brunner Cheer squads compete at ‘Little State Fair’ Truck, tractor pulls draw a crowd at Brown County Fair Week 5 football roundup Lady Broncos rise to 11-6 with win over Batavia

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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