I am pleased to present you the Girard City Schools District Annual Report. This is an exciting time to be part of our school community as evidenced in this report. Our entire Girard City School family continually strives to make the school district a point of pride in our community. We recently closed out our 134th year as a school district and we take this time to congratulate and honor our 2017 graduates. We appreciate everything they have contributed to our schools and our community and wish them nothing but success in the future. As we annually evaluate our course selections at the high school, we will be adding computer coding to our expansive list of courses. Mrs. Jennifer Smith was recently hired this summer to be added to our staff at the high school and who will be responsible for the instruction of the class.
What is the purpose of Drug Testing? Answer: Prevention. It gives students one more reason to say no. This is not a gotcha program. They now have another reason to say no. Local surveys have shown that up to 85% of parents are for this program and over 50% of students are in favor of not only drug testing but also random drug testing. Our program gives students options if they do test positive. They will be assessed by a substance abuse professional to see where they are concerning drug use or addiction. They are automatically put on the random drug testing list and finally they will have some of their participation taken away.
District and Building Report Card:
Please note that the 2016-2017 report card will be released in August or September and will include the following: Performance measures, achievement component, progress component, graduation rate component, gap closing component, K-3 literacy component, and prepared for success components. All the information relative to the 2016-2017 report card can be accessed on the ode website: https://education.ohio.gov/
Girard City Schools have been in the planning stage for over a year now for the new auditorium at the high school/junior high building. We are in the process of interviewing and selecting an architect firm for this project. I will be holding public meetings along with Mr. Bryan O’Hara to explain the project. Look for the meeting to be held this fall.
In closing, sincere thanks to the parents, community members and support organizations that continue to do extraordinary things for our students, staff, school district and community. As always, I am available to answer questions or listen to any concerns, or ideas that may benefit our school district. Thanks for making the 2016-2017 school year a great year to be an Indian!