GEVSD holds the state address of the district

On Wednesday, the Greenfield Exempt Village School District held its second annual State of the District presentation, which highlighted district details, new and ongoing programs, how information is shared and updates. up to date on projects.

This year’s event took place live in the McClain Auditorium and was streamed live on Facebook. Last year’s event, due to the pandemic, was a pre-recorded video.

Superintendent Quincey Gray began the program by pointing out some district details, including that enrollment is approximately 1,900 students in the three elementary schools, middle school, and high school; the district covers approximately 164 square miles; 13.7% of students are disabled, which Gray said was typical for districts in the region; and 48.65% of students are economically disadvantaged.

The superintendent then spoke about the vision for the district, a “legacy of leadership”. Gray said she works with students on what it means to be a leader and how anyone can be a leader.

The district works continuously to accomplish the mission, she said, which is to ensure that students are whole and contributing citizens, which means reaching beyond academics and also supporting their social well-being. emotional and ensuring students have a plan after graduation.

She spoke about the district’s leadership team, which consists of administrators, teachers, and certified staff. The team meets monthly to review data, hear feedback from building officials, and make important decisions for the district.

The team concept, she said, extends to the entire district, with the formation of leadership teams and teacher teams. The system ensures that information flows, that there is a balance and that everyone has the opportunity to contribute.

Director of Education Alisa Barrett provided an update on the district’s multi-year Visible Learning Plan launched last year. In the first year, the focus was on learner disposition and clarity of teaching and learning. Building on that first year of visible learning, this year staff and students started with feedback, learning to both give and receive it, and then use it.

The goal of the Visible Learning Plan is “to build a culture of visible learning and a legacy of leadership that empowers all students and staff to meet challenges, persevere, take ownership, and continually grow in as engaged learners,” Barrett said.

The dispositions of the learner – taking ownership, embracing challenges, persevering, continuously growing and engaging – were detailed in the presentation by Greenfield Elementary Vice-Principal Lindsay McNeal. She also talked about PBIS (Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports), which involves moving from punitive measures to positive interactions and changing the mindset about how desired behaviors are achieved.

Heather Dratwa, Director of Special Programs, spoke about the district’s Autism Team, which is new this school year in a pilot program with three other school districts. The district is involved in the program so that administrators, teachers, and staff are better able to meet the unique needs of all students in the district.

The team, along with a support person in each building, will be able to provide guidance and resources to teachers when they have a student who is struggling. The program is supported by Area 14-Hopewell Center in Hillsboro and Ohio Coalition of Autism and Low Incidence (OCALI).

Gray then discussed transportation and security. The transport details she provided included that each day 18 buses and two vehicles travel over 2,000 miles and transport over 1,000 students. Additionally, this year the district was able to maintain city stops for elementary students.

The department includes 16 full-time bus drivers, 10 spare drivers, two mechanics, a van driver, an office assistant and a supervisor. If anyone has any questions, the transportation office can be reached at (937) 981-2620.

As for security, Gray said it was continually evaluated. Recent activity on this front has included additional cameras and vape detectors, the latter of which detects when a vape is being used nearby. Safety drills are also an important part of district plans so that everyone is as prepared as possible in the event of a real emergency.

The superintendent also discussed recent vulnerability assessments that rate based on a building’s vulnerability to a specific threat. The assessments were done as a requirement for a grant application. Buildings in the neighborhood, she said, scored “pretty high.”

She then gave an update on the projects. At the time of last year’s presentation, there was the changing room and the expansion of the hall of the new gymnasium, which began last fall. That project, while nearly complete, is currently about 10 weeks behind schedule, Gray said. This delay in completion is due to factors such as product availability and worker illness.

Another project update involved the development of the training ground which includes the addition of a multipurpose facility, new sports fields, sidewalks and new basketball courts. That project is currently in the bidding process, she said, with a bid opening scheduled for mid-February.

Gray also spoke about expanding the school property north of Fifth Street to include football, softball, and baseball fields. She said the plans are almost ready for this project.

Renovating and remodeling the current bus garage into an indoor sports facility is the final part of the development plan, she said. Although the neighborhood has a sports building, it’s something it has outgrown.

“We look forward to being able to use the Bus Garage in a different way for the benefit of our students and staff,” she said.

Here, Gray returned to the development of the driving range and pulled out a slide that asked, “Why the driving range?”

Some of the reasons given were that it is owned by the district and can be used for several purposes – maintenance, transportation, sports and storage, and that it is close to the McClain campus. Additionally, the district has been working with the village for over a year on things like curbs, sidewalks, stormwater drainage and lighting, and the goal is to continue this collaboration.

She also addressed the question of why not install a new bus garage on the property off Fifth Street, which was planned in the pre-design phase. What was discovered, she said, was that it was not cost-effective to locate the bus garage there while still accommodating the sports fields.

Gray said there have also been questions about the Mill Street extension and the district’s involvement in this project, but it was only a village project, she said. .

“As a district, we have been very fortunate to be able to provide our staff with what we need for education,” Gray said. “We are here to educate children. And our staff are fortunate to have the resources they have. But in addition to being able to educate the children, we are also here to support the children in other activities that they participate in, and so we want to be able to support them and our staff members.

Next, Gray shared a slide of the practice ground development plans and noted that the building is designed with a brick facade to look like the rest of the neighborhood. She highlighted the addition of sidewalks where there are currently none, and said the aim is to make the training ground “a safe area for people to access and walk and enjoy the weather. outside”.

Field areas will continue to be open to anyone who wishes to use them for play, as will basketball courts. The way the community uses the practice field is well known, and Gray said the district wants that to continue.

The superintendent then provided a brief update on COVID, displaying the numbers for this school year compared to last school year, with this year being much higher. She said managing the variants this year has been a challenge, but the goal remains to keep students in school and to maintain activities when it is safe to do so. The district continues to maintain a COVID tracker. Go to www.greenfield.k12.oh.us, then hover over “Our District” in the banner. The tracker is in the drop-down menu.

To view the State of the District 2022 presentation, visit the District’s Facebook page.

District information and updates are available on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and on the District website. Information is also regularly communicated through the District General Calling System, Remind Messaging, FinalForms, and the District Newsletter. Additionally, Gray offers Coffee and Crumbs sessions, where the public is invited to join her and ask questions. The next one is scheduled for January 24 at 7:30 a.m. at McDonald’s.

Gray encouraged everyone, always, to ask questions. Contact us by phone, e-mail or private message via social networks. The council’s office is located at 200 N. Fifth St. in Greenfield, and the telephone number is (937) 981-2152. Administration and staff can be contacted by email through the District’s website, which is www.greenfield.k12.oh.us.

Daniel E. Murphy