Welcome to the blog of Mrs. Crew, Superintendent of the Tecumseh Local School District! Mrs. Crew will focus on news about the district, interesting student work, and achievements by students and staff on this blog. She will also share information about pertinent educational topics.
The Need to Support the Whole Child
Posted 2/16/2019 at 5:52:32 AM by Paula Crew [staff member]
Recently a group of our staff members participated in a free, all-day Mental Health First Aid training. The National Alliance on Mental Health (NAMI) received a grant and several school districts, including Tecumseh Local, were among the recipients. We had approximately twenty-five staff members participate in the full-day training. The presenters shared valuable information with the group to include various mental health diagnoses, prevalence percentages of mental health occurrences among children, and strategies for supporting the needs of students with mental health issues and students with trauma-sensitive needs.
The data they shared on the prevalence of mental illness is important for all to know. For example, approximately 1 in 5 youth ages 13 - 18 experiences a severe mental health disorder and 13% of youth ages 8 - 15 experiences a mental health disorder. That is a startling figure. In addition, as our staff is very well aware, we have students who, although they may not have a mental health disorder, they routinely face challenges outside of our district domain that children should not have to face. We have students who experience poverty and all that entails, students who have a parent or parents afflicted with an addiction or lost a parent to an addiction, students who are being raised by grandparents, other relatives, neighbors, etc. We have a number of students who meet the definition of a homeless student; either living in a vehicle, a campground, a homeless shelter, with another family, etc.
Goal two of our District Improvement plan focuses on the need to support the social and emotional needs of our students. As a district, we have concentrated on efforts and strategies to support our students, especially over the last several years. The recent training is an example of such a strategy. Our district has had a mental health committee in existence for the past four years. Members of this committee meet on a regular basis to strategize meeting the social and emotional challenges of our students. Currently, we are working to bring another Mental Health First Aid Training to the district later in the spring.
Most of our staff members, including myself, are not therapists, counselors, or psychologists. Yet, we can all be cognizant that times are certainly different in education than they use to be. We have students, for multiple reasons, facing unique challenges that were not in existence, or not as prevalent as they are today. We are committed to helping provide an environment in which all students can learn to the maximum extent. For this to happen, we must continue to provide an educational environment that supports the social and emotional needs of our learners.
Clark State Scholars
Posted 1/30/2019 at 7:59:47 AM by Paula Crew [staff member]
Tecumseh Local Schools was selected to be part of the Clark State Scholars Program this year. This program has been in existence for fifteen years. The program provides a three-year scholarship, including the cost of all books to graduating students. It’s a unique program in that the students are selected during their eighth grade year. An adult mentor is assigned to each student and meets with the student routinely throughout his or her high school years to help him or her stay on track and prepare for college. We were fortunate to recently have eleven eighth graders selected for this opportunity. This past week the selected students, along with those selected from Clark-Shawnee, Springfield City, Urbana and Graham Schools, were honored at a ceremony at Kuss Auditorium. We are very thankful and appreciative to Clark State College for including our district in this program. These opportunities will certainly open doors for many students!
Tecumseh Education Foundation Educator Grant Opportunity
Posted 1/18/2019 at 6:11:57 AM by Paula Crew [staff member]
Each year the Tecumseh Education Foundation accepts applications for educator grants to support the educational experience for students at Tecumseh Local Schools. TEF approved eleven grant applications at its last meeting. The grant applications totaled $6,444. Grant recipients will be honored during half-time of the varsity basketball game against Jonathan Alder on January 25th. Congratulations to the following educators for writing and receiving a TEF Educator Grant this year:
DeAnna Gehret Park Layne Elementary Arrows Scribe Tribe Conference
Gaybrielle Ray Park Layne Elementary The Puppet Power Project
Deb Jones Donnelsville Elementary Weather Watch
Teresa Gray Donnelsville Elementary Weather Watch
Kerry Cassell Donnelsville Elementary Morning Miles
Stephanie Koronich Park Layne Elementary American Sign Language
Lisa Moon Tecumseh High School Virtual Reality Experiences
Lisa Allen Park Layne Elementary Critical Thinking Centers
Kari Dillman Park Layne Elementary Sensory Overload
Cathy Croxdale New Carlisle Elementary Blended Learning Math Centers
Karen Krogg New Carlile Elementary Increasing Language Skills
Sara Wells Donnelsville Flexible Seating
Thank you to the above educators for taking the time to go above and beyond by writing and securing a TEF Educator Grant!
The Tecumseh Education Foundation (TEF) has been in existence since 1993. The purpose of this non-profit organization is to help promote opportunities for students through scholarships and educator grants. The committee also helps support the Hall of Honor Program that honors former Tecumseh students, employees and community members.
Thank you to these committee members for donating their time on behalf of Tecumseh Local Schools. TEF members include: President Kevin Harmon, Rita Lane, Anthony Fraley, Drew Gross, Matt Heinl, Reed Romine, Robin Peck, Zach Rapp, Jim Suver, and Sue Anne Martin.
Reflecting on the Gift of Giving
Posted 1/1/2019 at 7:37:33 AM by Paula Crew [staff member]
As I reflect on the holiday season I’m awed by the giving spirit of our students and staff at Tecumseh Local Schools. The many acts of kindness through giving and providing for others is a true testament of the culture at Tecumseh. The high school student council organized an Arrowthon, providing games and gift baskets. All profits were donated to the Dayton Children’s Hospital to support children and families during difficult times. Staff members helped organize this event as well and many of you supported by attending or purchasing tickets for the raffle baskets. Our AFJROTC cadets once again collected food and money for needy families here in the community. The cadets work quite diligently to make sure each of the adopted families had plenty of food for a holiday feast and money for Christmas presents. The Child Nutrition Department and the FFA Program helped out with this endeavor as well through the donation of food. Our schools had various food drives, along with warm fuzzy drives (hats, scarfs, mittens) throughout the holiday season and donated the collections to local organizations such as Impact Bethel and the local food pantry in New Carlisle. Our School Resource Officer, Deputy Loney, launched a coat drive for needy students in the district and participated with the Shop with a Cop program benefiting Tecumseh students who were afforded the opportunity to purchase presents. The high school Junior Optimist members spent a month collecting small gifts and items of necessity and gave twenty-five wrapped shoe boxes to teenagers in a local homeless shelter. Students and staff provided community outreach programs, such as visiting a local nursing home to read holiday stories to the residents, as well as inviting parents and grandparents into the schools and classrooms for celebratory events, to include the awesome holiday concerts and programs throughout the month of December. Our high school choirs shared their talents by visiting all schools to share holiday songs with our students and staff. Our staff also gave the gift of creating a festive atmosphere for students and all who visit the schools to enjoy. One had to merely walk the halls to experience the above and beyond efforts made to adorn the schools with a festive holiday spirit. This is not an exhaustive list of the giving spirit and efforts to help others during this time of the year. It’s merely a small representation of the efforts and kindness shared by the students and staff at Tecumseh Local Schools. It’s an honor to be part of the Tecumseh Local School district and the Arrow family. May 2019 bring us continued reasons to celebrate and share with our students the act of giving and paying it forward for others. In Arrow PRIDE!
Strategic Planning Information
Posted 12/8/2018 at 5:08:53 AM by Paula Crew [staff member]
This past Thursday we had our third strategic planning committee meeting. The committee has identified the Tecumseh Local Vision and Mission Statements which reads as follows:
Mission Statement: Tecumseh Local Schools is the driving force behind a community of diverse and proudly connected Arrows. We are relentless learners who strive to become better tomorrow than we were today.
Vision Statement: Learning for All ~ Whatever it Takes!
The mission statement is the “work” that we do as a district to realize the vision statement. Hopefully, you recognize the vision statement, as we have embraced this statement for several years. The mission is new and the committee is excited to develop goals that will help us realize our mission statement.
Next, we brainstormed a list of “critical issues” we need to address at Tecumseh Local. We prioritized this list and identified four specific categories, or goals, that we will focus on at our next meeting in January. The four categories include, “Wellness,” “Growth,” “Community Engagement,” and “Fiscal Responsibility.”
I will continue to share information regarding the strategic planning process as our district plan develops. I greatly appreciate the time and effort of the committee members!
Proactive Capital Outlay Planning
Posted 11/27/2018 at 11:32:58 AM by Paula Crew [staff member]
We are fortunate to have newer buildings at Tecumseh Local Schools. It’s hard to believe it is going on close to twelve years since the new buildings were completed. The first two, Medway Elementary and Donnelsville Elementary were completed in August of 2006. The completion of Tecumseh Middle School, New Carlisle Elementary School and Park Layne Elementary School were opened in January of 2007. Tecumseh High School opened in August of 2007. Our students are afforded the opportunity to enjoy an education within the newer buildings. This is especially beneficial for climate control, as regardless of the weather outside, our students and staff can have the comfort of quality heating and air to ensure their comfort. We also have a sense of pride when we have parents, community members and visitors from other districts attend events in our buildings, as they are quite stellar.
I would like to share with our community that we are taking
appropriate proactive measures to keep our buildings in the best shape
possible. We have an incredible team of custodians at each of our buildings
that work diligently to maintain the cleanliness and upkeep of the
buildings. Their routine diligence keeps
our buildings looking new. In my opinion, it would be difficult to find a more
dedicated custodial team than we have at Tecumseh Local Schools. Many visitors
to our schools have commented that it is hard to believe the schools are over a
decade old given the pristine condition of the buildings.
Another area in which we are being proactive in the upkeep
of our buildings is the work we have done to create a capital outlay plan for
spending purposes. Specifically, our treasurer, Denise Robinson, Asst.
Superintendent Ivan Gehret, our Maintenance Supervisor, Roger Diller and myself
have worked this fall to develop this plan. Essentially, we are mapping out the upkeep and replacement of necessary
items based upon identified need and available financial revenue. We work to
find strategies to elongate the life of our HVAC systems and roofs at each
building, as these are the major high dollar replacement cost items. For
example, this summer and fall we had an infrared scan completed on all school
roofs. The scanning report identified areas of moisture under the roof that
could not be detected with a routine inspection. As a result, we were able to
take corrective action on these identified areas instead of waiting until the
areas were damaged to the point that we would have to replace sections of the
roof(s). We are cognizant of the need to
stretch the life of our newer buildings to ensure we are getting the maximum
amount of years possible. We continue to
be appreciative of our newer buildings and extend our gratitude to our voters
who made this possible over a decade ago.
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Strategic Planning Committee
Posted 11/12/2018 at 5:03:21 AM by Paula Crew [staff member]
Tecumseh Local Schools is currently involved in the development of a comprehensive strategic planning process. A committee has been organized that includes board members, staff, parents, and community members. At our second meeting last week, members of the administrative team shared a State of the Schools presentation with the committee. The
information was designed to provide demographic and financial information,
along with specific initiatives underway in the district. Committee members
indicated the information was informative. Thus, this prompted me to want to share a bit of this information via my
Blog for our collective community to provide you with specific information
about our district.
One initiative that we are working on at Tecumseh Local Schools includes providing support for the whole child, to include working to create an environment where all students find success. We have established a Mental Health Committee in the district, comprised of administrators, school counselors, school psychologists, a school nurse, and our School Resource Officer. Together, the committee analyzes the barriers our students encounter and strategize to implement research-based strategies to meet their specific needs. Specifically, we have worked to increase mental health services and supports for our students, as we find this area to be of great need for many of our students. We have added a guidance counselor beginning this school year to serve the elementary schools, where previously one did not exist. We recognize the need to routinely offer bullying prevention programs and assemblies for our students, as the reduction of bullying behavior is of upmost importance. Recently, the State Superintendent of Public Education for Ohio, Paolo DeMaria, visited our district. He indicated he wanted to visit, as he was intrigued and had heard about the district’s work in this area. The district will continue to promote opportunities to meet the needs of the whole child. This is imperative, as our students will not realize maximum learning if the barriers that impede their education are not addressed.
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Posted 10/26/2018 at 5:17:01 AM by Paula Crew [staff member]
At Tecumseh Local Schools, we are cognizant of the need to
maximize the use of financial revenue generated though local tax dollars and
state aid. Since the onset of the school
year, we have strategized to save the district substantial costs in multiple
A large expenditure in all school districts
is the cost of copy machines that are needed in all school buildings. The contract with the current company we
leased the copy machines from ended at the end of last school year. We worked diligently to explore other
potential companies that we could lease from in an effort to reduce costs in
this area. Through the diligent work of
our Treasurer Denise Robinson and our Technology Coordinator, Veronica Cassidy,
we were able to enter into a lease agreement with a different company. The previous leasing agreement cost the
district $100,000 annually, and the new contract will cost approximately
$50,000 annually, thus a $50,000 savings.
Treasurer Robinson, Asst. Supt.
Gehret and myself spent quite a bit of time investigating the trash removal
cost this summer as well, as this is another costly expenditure for school
districts. Previously, the district paid
approximately $77,000 annually for this service. We explored potential strategies to save
costs in this area. We were able to find different company that provides
recycling opportunities that will help the district save major costs in its
trash removal. The new cost for our
trash removal is approximately $27,000 annually compared to the $77,000
previously, thus another $50,000 savings. This was a two-fold positive, as we
saved cost and majorly reduced the amount of trash going to area landfills
through recycling efforts.
We have not passed a levy for new money in over twenty years at Tecumseh Local Schools. Therefore, it is imperative that we be as strategic as possible with the funding we receive through local tax dollars and state aid. We strive to provide the best education for our students with the financial resources that are generated for the district. Strategizing to save cost in areas such as those detailed above, will help provide opportunities for our students, such as updating the much needed curriculum resources for example, so our students can be successful and be on a level playing field with students in other districts.
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Posted 10/4/2018 at 5:13:59 AM by Paula Crew [staff member]
We have a District Leadership Team that met this week to conduct curriculum visits. The District Leadership Team (DLT) is comprised of the district administratiors and several teachers representing each school. The purpose of the DLT is to oversee the District Improvement Plan and make appropriate changes to the plan as needed. There are three goals on the plan: Goal One focuses on student academic learning and improvement. Goal Two focuses on supporting positive behavior and the mental health needs of our students. Goal Three focuses on the incorporation of technology useage by teachers and students to enhance student learning. Three times a year the DLT conducts Curriculum Visits. The Curriculum Visits are an opportunity for the DLT members to ascertain the degree to which the strategies outlined in the District Improvement Plan are being incorporated within the classrooms. A curriculum visit checklist is used to record evidences of specific strategies used. The DLT analyzes the data to determine what areas we need to give additional attention to as identified in the District Improvement Plan. This is a group of committed educators working diligently to improve student learning and achievement.
Powerful Message on In-service Day
Posted 9/23/2018 at 6:07:38 AM by Paula Crew [staff member]
Tecumseh Local staff, joined by the Northwestern Local staff, listened to a presentation by Tim Kight today. Tim Kight is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of the Focus 3 Foundation. He works with many organizations, including the Ohio State Football team. Tim helps organizations align the power of leaders, culture, and behavior to achieve results. His message in a nutshell is to strive to manage our responses to any given situation, whether it be in the work setting, or in our home lives. The concept E + R = 0 seems simple, but it's quite powerful. The "E" respresents the events we encounter daily. We all encounter situations or events everyday. They are going to happen and we can't stop them...but our response or our "R" will determine the "O" or the outcome of those events. We can choose to have a "below the line" response, which will negatvively affect the outcome, or we can choose to have an "above the line" response which will help us problem solve and learn from the event. We are striving to choose above the line responses at Tecumseh Local Schools.
A Successful Start to a New School Year
Posted 9/8/2018 at 9:05:23 AM by Paula Crew [staff member]
From the Desk of Superintendent Crew
Students and staff members have worked hard to get back into routines for the start of another school year. Several new positions were added to the district in an effort to support students, staff and parents. We have partnered with the Clark County Commissioners and the Clark County Sheriff’s Department to hire a full-time School Resource Officer, dedicated solely to Tecumseh Local Schools. Deputy John Loney, our SRO, has worked diligently to help provide a safe environment. He has strived to meet as many staff members and students in his short time with us. The connections and positive relationships he is making with our students are quite impactful and, often times, can assist in proactively deterring potential issues and safety concerns. We would like to thank and acknowledge the Clark County Commissioners for their financial support to cover more than half the cost for Deputy Loney. We’d also like to thank the Clark County Sheriff’s Department for supporting the SRO Program at Tecumseh and throughout Clark County.
All school districts have experienced an increase in the number of students who are in need of counseling services and mental health services. At Tecumseh Local schools we have many initiatives in place to help support our students in this area. Prior to this year, we had guidance counselors at the middle and high school. Recognizing our elementary students, staff and parents are in need of more support, we created a new guidance counselor position beginning with the onset of the school year. Mrs. Meagan Wagner, our new elementary guidance counselor, divides her time between Donnelsville, New Carlisle and Park Lanye Elementary Schools. We have established a mental health committee at Tecumseh Local Schools. The committee works to determine the specific needs in our district and researches potential strategies and initiatives that will support this area most effectively.
Recently, the district offered staff members, parents, and community members the opportunity to complete a survey. The survey is the first step in a comprehensive strategic planning process we are embarking on at Tecumseh Local Schools. We had an excellent response to the survey, with close to 600 individuals completing it. We would like to thank those who took the time and effort to respond. We are currently in the process of organizing a strategic planning committee. Individuals on the committee will include staff, parents, and community members. During the first meeting, scheduled for October 11th, committee members will analyze the survey responses, which is the first step in creating a strategic plan. It’s an honor to work at Tecumseh Local Schools. We have dedicated staff members, parents, and community members that work hard to provide an excellent educational opportunity for our students. If you have any additional questions, or would like more detail about the information shared, please do not hesitate to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I welcome any opportunity to talk with you about Tecumseh Local Schools.
An Outstanding Start to the School Year!
Posted 8/22/2018 at 6:38:10 PM by Paula Crew [staff member]
We are off to a great start to the school year. I’d like to express my gratitude to ALL of our staff members who worked diligently to prepare for the return of our students! Each contributed to this team effort in a unique way. I’d also like to thank the parents for helping your students return to a new school year, attending open houses, and sharing your child with us!
We’ve had a busy first week with many positive initiatives happening throughout the district. I’m not sure if you are aware, but we have collected plastic bottle lids as a district for the past year. The students in Mrs. Wright’s classroom at Tecumseh High School started this recycling project with a goal to collect 400 pounds. This amount of plastic lids can be converted into a recycled bench. The students reached their goal last year, and a red and black bench is now located at the west side of Tecumseh High School for all to enjoy.
What we found is people continued collecting the lids and turning them into the district. So, what began as a single-class initiative, morphed into a recycling project with the entire district and community involved in the collection of plastic lids. This collection went on throughout the year and into the summer. On our first day of school the lids were weighed and loaded into a large box truck. The total weight…one ton! The plastic was taken to a recycling center and in exchange, Tecumseh Local was given FIVE more recycled benches! The benches will be donated to different schools and throughout the community in the next couple of months. We are still collecting plastic lids and plan to continue with this recycling project in the future.
The momentum of the community and the district working together to make this happen is exciting. What this tells us is we can do anything if we work together as a united front. I’m looking forward to the many more things we can do together for the betterment of our district, our community, and most of all our students!
Safety Training for the Transportation Department
Posted 8/10/2018 at 6:56:32 PM by Paula Crew [staff member]
Our bus drivers participated in safety training this week. Drivers reviewed appropriate responses to take if dangerous situations develop on the school bus. Some of the scenarios they practiced responding to included an intruder coming on the bus, a weapon on the bus, and evacuating the bus in the event of a fire. I'd like to extend the district's appreciation to the New Carlisle Fire Department and the Bethel Fire Department for their assistance and expertise today. They helped by fogging the bus to simulate smoke in order to make the drill more authentic. Drivers took turns practicing evaculating students under these conditions.
Safety and security is continuously on our radar at Tecumseh Local Schools. We continue to explore additonal methods to provide training for our staff and implement addditonal safety measures at Tecumseh Local Schools.
Clark County Fair Begins
Posted 7/20/2018 at 6:44:21 AM by Paula Crew [staff member]
The Clark County Fair begins today through next week. This is the exciting culminating event for many students, staff and parents of our district, as it reflects hours of preparation and hard work. The students, and often times parents as well, have spent hours caring for their livestock and animals throughout the winter and spring months. This includes routine early mornings and late night feedings and cleaning of stalls. The FFA Proram at Tecumseh Local Schools provide students an opportunity to develop a strong work ethic and responsbility as they care for their animals. I encourage people to take time to visit our students at the barns as well as the numerous students projects at the fair. Thank you for all involved in making this opportunity possible for our students!
Welcome New Administrative Team Members!
Posted 7/1/2018 at 10:06:35 AM by Paula Crew [staff member]
I am thrilled with the additions to the administrative team we have to begin a new school year at Tecumseh Local. The change started with our new Treasurer, Denise Robinson in January. Denise has been a crucial addition to our team, as her years of experience as a school treasurer has already resulted in major savings in several areas for the district. More recently, the BOE approved the promotion of Mr. Ivan Gehret from High School Principal to Assistant Superintendent. Although he officially begins this position on August 1st, he has already started taking on projects and responsibilities this summer. I am looking forward to partnering with Mr. Gehret to lead this incredible district. At the board meeting last week, the BOE approved the hire of our new High School Principal, Mr. Aaron Oakes. Mr. Oakes comes to us from Tipp City High School, where he served as the Assistant Principal. Mr. Oakes plans to continue with the implementation of PBIS at the high school, which is a system that provides positive systems and strategies of support to serve all students. This is something I support and feel strongly about to help our students succeed, regardless of the barriers they face. Lastly, the BOE at Tuesday's meeting approved the hire of Ms. Beth Moore as our new Curriculum Specialist. Ms. Moore has taught fifth grade in our district for close to twenty years. Her expertise is in the area of reading literacy, curriculum development and data analysis. She will be a vital asset to assist our administrative team and staff as we continue to improve the learning process for all students K-12. This is an exciting time at Tecumseh Local Schools as we add these new positions to an already excellent administrative team.
Safety and Security are on the forefront at Tecumseh Local Schools
Posted 6/22/2018 at 5:33:55 AM by Paula Crew [staff member]
Safety and security measures are contstantly on the forefront at Tecumseh Local Schools. The Board of Education and our staff continuously evaluate our needs and execute plans to maximize the safety for our students and staff. Most recently, the Board of Education approved the hiring of a School Resource Officer assigned solely to Tecumseh Local Schools. We'd like to welcome Deputy John Loney, who will be our School Resource Office effective with the onset of the upcoming school year. Deputy Loney's office will be at the high school, but he will be actively involved with students and staff in all of our school buildings. Deputy Loney is a veteran deputy with the Clark County Sheriff's Department and he is excited to get started!
We'd like to extend our appreciation to the Clark County Commissioners who stepped up to help cover over half the cost for employing Deputy Loney. They were receptive of our request for assistance, which I appreciate on behalf of the welfare of the Tecumseh Local School District. We'd also like to express our appreciation to personnel at the Clark County Sheriff's Department for their support and assistance in making the School Resource Officer program possible.
Summer Food Programs
Posted 6/15/2018 at 9:05:47 PM by Paula Crew [staff member]
There are several food
programs available for our students this summer. Impact Bethel will once again be hosting
their annual summer lunch program. Free
lunches will be served to area children starting Monday, June 4th
through Friday, August 3rd at two locations. The locations include the shelter houses in
Smith and Raynor Park. The Park Layne
location will move to Good Shepherd United Methodist Church on days it rains. The program is available for children up to
eighteen years of age who live in the Tecumseh Local School District.
Second Harvest Food Bank will
host a summer food program every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at New
Carlisle Elementary beginning June 12th and ending July 26th from 1:15 – 2:15 for students eighteen years of age and younger. Students will receive a box lunch that will usually be a hot meal. Students will also receive fresh fruit and vegetables and a “go pack” of non-perishable food each Thursday to take home. A food pantry will be available on these days for parents to visit.
We are fortunate to have
these organizations and volunteers to assist with summer food needs.
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Greetings from Tecumseh Local Schools
Posted 6/9/2018 at 5:45:10 AM by Paula Crew [staff member]
I am honored to be the next superintendent of Tecumseh Local Schools. We have an amazing district with a team of dedicated staff that strive to meet the needs of all students. Communication is paramount. My plan is to use this Blog platform to share information and events, as well as celebrate the successes happening at TLS. I welcome questions and communication you may have for me. My email address is firstname.lastname@example.org. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have quesitons about our school district.
"Learning for All ~ Whatever it Takes!"