District closes out new facilities project under budget: New exterior facilities upgrades on horizon

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Earlier this school year, the Circleville City School District put the finishing touches on what was a five year construction project with the Ohio Facilities Construction Commission (first breaking ground April 4, 2012). The multi-faceted project ushered in a new era of improvements and opportunities for our students through the creation of three new state of the art academic facilities.

Aside from the initial project, the charitable support of our Champion’s Fund Team provided for the installation of new athletic facilities including the Berger Field House that is above and beyond similar training structures in the area.

With the conclusion of the construction project, the district received back nearly $1.6 million of Locally Funded Initiative dollars (LFI). LFI is defined as improvements associated with a renovation project beyond the scope of work funded by the commission (state). As a part of the $1.6 million LFI return, the monies must fulfill its originally funded purpose by Ohio Revised Code.

Being entrusted with tax payer funds to provide and sustain 21st century facilities for generations of Tigers is a responsibility district administration is proud to oversee said superintendent Jonathan Davis.

“Due to the hard work of Mrs. Rhoads (Treasurer), Mr. McMahon (former Superintendent), and the school board the project was completed under budget,” said Superintendent Jonathan Davis. “Our students are most assuredly in a better position to succeed today because of the diligent financial stewardship of past and current leadership which is a testament of the board’s dedication to high quality education and the community’s willingness to partner in systemic success for our students.”

With the anticipated return on the horizon, the district put together a Facilities Committee made up of parents, teachers, administrators, and representatives of the Board in 2017. In recent years, Circleville City’s new campus has served as a recreational hub on the northeast corner of town and putting together a collaborative team of staff and community members was the next logical step for evolving in that capacity with the LFI improvements return.
This group was facilitated by professionals from MSA Architects of Columbus, OH on the creation of an overall campus facilities plan and vision. As part of their work, the group ranked facility needs and improvements that would benefit students and the community. The group identified an area of need that included new bleachers, a new press box, a new track, and addressing the lack of parking at the Auxiliary Field Area (close to Tennis/Softball).
The previous home and away stands were installed in 1966 and the track in 1973 (resurfaced in the 1990’s).
On February 13th, 2018, as a result of this collaboration, superintendent Jonathan Davis made a recommendation to the board of education to accept competitively bid contracts as a means to efficiently and cost effectively begin these projects.  The goal is for the new outdoor facilities projects to begin this Spring, with little disruption to track season, and  it is to be completed by the beginning of the 2018-19 school year.
An outdoor facilities project of this kind further enhances Circleville City’s prospects of becoming a sought out destination for regional marching band and athletic contest hosting which will in-turn help to sustain and fund student extracurricular programming.
“We are so blessed by the investment this community has made in the development of its greatest asset, our youth” said Davis. “We are working hard to put together a high quality education, in state of the art facilities, while also being fiscally conscious. This new project provides us another opportunity to provide for our students, while continuing to maintain a healthy financial forecast into the coming years. It is a really exciting time to be a Tiger.”

Circleville Elementary’s Andi Hoskins named ‘Ohio Lottery Partners in Education’ Teacher of the Month for November

 

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Hoskins is presented her Teacher of the Month plaque by superintendent Jonathan Davis at the December 13th board meeting.

Circleville City Schools – Circleville Elementary School Art Teacher Andi Hoskins has been named an Ohio Lottery Partners in Education Teacher of the Month for the month of November in District 5 (Columbus-area).

Hoskins, in her fifth year at Circleville City Schools and 18th year in teaching overall, was nominated for the award in recognition of her immeasurable contributions in expanding academic experiences for her students.

Per the Ohio Lottery Teacher of the Month program, the award “is designed to recognize outstanding faculty for their contributions to their school, excellence in the classroom, leadership, innovation, community, involvement, dedication, and work on behalf of Ohio students in grades K-12.”

For a teacher to be eligible, they must demonstrate the following:
• Excellence in the Classroom – Consistently advancing students to higher levels of academic achievement.
• Motivation – Encouraging students to exceed their expectations both academically and socially.
• Leadership – Serving as a leader in the classroom and throughout the school.
• Community Service – Demonstrating civic responsibility by being active in community or other service organizations.
• Creativity and Imagination – Demonstrating innovation in lesson plans and teaching methods.
• Dedication – Showing excellent attendance, punctuality and a desire to see students succeed.

This past November 16th and 17th, Hoskins again organized and spearheaded the annual 1st grade field trip to the Columbus Museum of Art. As a part of that trip, she collaborated with the Circleville City School Foundation to create an experience that included student artistic discovery in the museum workshop and a walking tour of the gallery floor.

In addition to the field trip, Hoskins has led a series of invaluable family-driven art workshops over the past two years in the form of “Cookies and Canvas” events after school. The events have been a huge draw and have fostered and strengthened a familial culture and bond between the school and our Tiger families.

In recognition of her indelible impact in using art as a platform to enrich lives, Hoskins was publicly recognized at the December 13th meeting of the Circleville City School District Board of Education for her honors.

Circleville City School District Calamity Day Plan for 2017-18

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Circleville City Schools – While , Circleville City Schools would like to outline and update our students, parents and guardians, and community partners about our Calamity Day Plan that is to be followed in the event of any cancellations of the school day.

The schedule follows as found below:

  • Students and staff will be permitted 3 days of missed instruction/work without any make-up work due to weather or other conditions that may cancel school.
  • On calamity days 4 through 6, students will complete Blizzard Bags. On these same days, staff will report to work unless the county in which you reside or Pickaway County is on a Level 2 or Level 3 Snow Emergency. Blizzard Bag information will be provided at CirclevilleCitySchools.org and printed in applicable instances.
  • Calamity Day 7: Staff and students will report for a normal school day on President’s Day, Monday February 19, 2018.
  • Calamity Day 8: Staff and students will report for a normal school day on Thursday, March 29, 2018.
  • Calamity Day 9: Staff and students will report for a normal school day on Friday, May 11, 2018.
  • Calamity Day 10: Staff and students will report for a normal school day on Friday, May 18, 2018.
  • Any further make-up days will begin on Friday, May 25, 2018 and continue until all days/hours have been made up.

Per district guidelines, “students in grades K-6 must attend a minimum of 910 hours of instruction and students in grades 7-12 must attend a minimum of 1,001 hours of instruction.”

Where can I go to find out about school cancellations and delays?

* Not getting the One Call Now all call for delays, cancellations, or reminders about district events? Contact your school’s front office to make sure you have a current phone number on file in our system or click here to opt  in and out of calls.

 

Circleville Elementary Preschool receives 5-star Step Up to Quality Rating

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Circleville City Schools – Effective November 12th, 2017 and running through November 11th of 2020, the State of Ohio has awarded the Circleville Elementary Preschool a 5-star Step Up to Quality rating for meeting quality standards established by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS) and the Ohio Department of Education (ODE).

Step Up to Quality is a Five-star tiered quality rating and improvement system created to recognize and promote early learning and development programs that meet quality standards over time and that are continuously above the health and safety licensing requirements set forth by the state.

“It takes a strong staff to carry out a quality program with the demands of schools today,” said preschool director and Circleville Elementary School assistant principal Jill Sims. “We are a community here [in Circleville] and we are raising a community of Tigers and a program such as this is one I want my own child to be involved in. I think we offer a lot of quality programs here in the county, but I am really proud of the community feel we have here on campus as evidenced by this rating.”

The program is currently in its fourth year of operation at the new Circleville Elementary School site on Tiger Drive with 86 student enrollments as of November 1st, 2017.

 

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