Board Update

A recap of the meeting held March 17, 2021

The Reading Community City School District Board of Education held a meeting on Wednesday, March 17. Meetings are streamed and archived here.

Reorganization Plan

The district is moving forward with the reorganization plan beginning in the 2021-2022 school year, aligning students as follows: Reading Elementary grades PK-6 and Reading Jr./Sr. High School grades 7-12. Superintendent Jason Enix discussed the journey that has taken place over the last year, including strategic planning, reorganization, and learning recovery planning in his presentation, which can be viewed here.

Through the strategic planning process, the district developed four vision areas: Student Learning, Culture, Communication, and Fiscal Responsibility. The reorganization plan creates dedicated district support for student learning and communication while meeting our commitment to being fiscally responsible.

These steps also include alignment of our district master schedule, which will provide additional opportunities for programming and staffing in a cost-neutral way, keeping with our commitment to fiscal responsibility.

Learning Recovery Plan

Earlier this year, Governor DeWine requested that all districts create a Learning Recovery Plan to address learning loss caused by the pandemic. This plan is in progress and there will be additional academic enrichment and intervention services for English and Math, summer school programs and a Student Wellness Outreach Coordinator paid for with federal pandemic relief funds. These positions will help with student needs related to the pandemic and will have no impact on the district budget.

The Learning Recovery Plan is posted on the district website and submitted to the Ohio Department of Education.

District Finances

Mrs. Lewis provided a summary of financial information to date with respect to our current five-year forecast, revenue, and expenses. Additional federal pandemic relief funding from the American Rescue Plan (known and referred to as ESSER III funding for school districts) is expected in the coming weeks but will not be included in district financial planning until officially allocated. The current amount and usage restrictions are not fully known at this time. Further updates will be provided as more information becomes available.

Board Committees

The Buildings and Grounds Committee will meet next on April 13 to continue discussions about the Central Property. Last week, Board Vice-President Bemmes, Superintendent Enix, and Treasurer Lewis facilitated two community forums to discuss the options the district has for the use of the property, considerations, and current status and needs of the property following demolition work in the fall. We appreciate the feedback from community members that attended and further discussion/planning will be ongoing in the coming months.

Hilltop Athletic Fields is still in the bid process, which will close on April 5th. The district is anticipating construction to begin by early May and completed by October.

Road Closure To Impact City Travel

Beginning Monday, March 22nd, Hunt Rd. is scheduled to be closed at Heile Dr. for approximately three weeks. For those students and families that travel Hunt Rd. to and from school each day, please make arrangements to avoid that area during this time. To accommodate traffic, vehicles will temporarily be allowed to turn left onto Bolser Dr. from the Reading Campus during construction. This will allow traffic to use Columbia Ave and avoid Hunt Rd to access valley locations during this time.
Map displaying left turn allowed leaving Reading campus and the road closure on Hunt Road

Community Chats

Superintendent Jason Enix and Treasurer Colette Lewis have held more than 20 small group Community Chats and larger Community Forums over the past year, to stay in touch with the Reading community and gather feedback. More discussions are planned for the weeks ahead.

Please sign up here. If you are unable to attend, send your questions or concerns to or reach out directly to Mr. Enix at
 Friday, March 19 End of 3rd Quarter Monday, March 29 NO SCHOOL - SPRING BREAK 3/29-4/5 Monday, April 5, 3:00 pm Deadline for bids on Hilltop Athletic Fields project Tuesday, April 6 STUDENTS RETURN FROM SPRING BREAK  Wednesday, April 7, 3:00 pm Virtual Community Chat Tuesday, April 13, 5:30 pm Virtual Community Forum: Financial Learning Series #2 Monday, April 19, 9:00 am Community Chat, Koenig Park Wednesday, May 5, 1:00 pm Community Chat, Don’s Creamy Whip Thursday, May 13, 5:30 pm Virtual Community Forum Tuesday, May 18, 7:00 am Community Chat, Carnevale Park Monday, May 24, 11:30 am  Community Chat, Voorhees Park Wednesday, May 26, 7:00 pm GRADUATION, VETERANS MEMORIAL STADIUM Thursday, May 27, 7:00 pm Rain Date for Graduation, Veterans Memorial Stadium Tuesday, June 1, 8:00 am Community Chat, Reading Media Center