Board Update

A recap of the work session held May 5, 2021

The Reading Community City School District Board of Education held a work session on Wednesday, May 5, 2021. The district has returned to in-person Board meetings in the Media Center at 810 East Columbia. Attendance may be limited according to state guidelines. Meetings are streamed and archived here.

Five-Year Forecast

Treasurer Colette Lewis delivered an update on the District’s Five-Year Forecast and the presentation can be seen here. The intent of a Five-Year Forecast is to provide the district’s financial trend over a five-year period and provide a roadmap to help make decisions that are financially sustainable.

The COVID-19 pandemic has had financial impacts on District funding. The State of Ohio made state funding cuts, which a portion was later restored and federal funding has been sent to school districts through Elementary and Secondary Schools Education Relief Funds (ESSER). This funding has been a much-needed resource to offset additional expenses like personnel, personal protective equipment, and cleaning costs caused by the pandemic.

As a result, the district is in an improved financial position, with the expected negative cash balance moved a year later as shown in the image below. By the last year of the forecast, FY 2025, the district is expected to have a revenue shortfall where expenditures are projected to be greater than revenue causing an expected negative cash balance of $3,669,064. The district would need to cut its FY 2025 projected expenses by 16.15% in order to balance its budget without additional revenue.

It is important to point out that the Five-Year Forecast is based on current state funding levels. Lawmakers in Columbus are considering several potential changes to the state funding model that could have an impact on districts across the state.

District Reorganization Plan

Superintendent Jason Enix delivered his report to the board, including updates on the district reorganization plan. You can view the superintendent's report here.

The district has been improving its financial position while also providing more options and services for students. 4.5 full-time positions were left open due to reductions, departures, and other temporary changes. As part of the reorganization plan, the district has moved those positions to the areas of greatest need and opportunity for our students, including Elementary STEM and 7th/8th grade Project Lead the Way courses Design & Modeling/Computer Science and Automation & Robotics offered in collaboration with Great Oaks.

Preparation for 2021-2022 School Year

Work is ongoing to prepare for the 2021-2022 school year, including summer learning programs. Resumes are being reviewed for the District Wellness and Community Outreach Coordinator position, with interviews to begin soon. Dr. Damon Davis has completed grade-level and department meetings across K-12 as he moves into his new role as Director of Curriculum and Communication. Master scheduling, filling staff vacancies, and many other next year tasks are ongoing as we still focus on closing out this school successfully.

Groundbreaking Held for Hilltop Athletic Complex

On Wednesday, May 5, the Board welcomed guests to a groundbreaking ceremony for the Hilltop Athletic Complex. The project will turn the former Hilltop Elementary site into an athletic complex with baseball and softball fields as well as open green space for district and community use. Substantial completion of the project by September or October of 2021 and expected to officially open in the Spring of 2023.
 Wednesday, May 12, 6:30 pm National Junior Honor Society Thursday, May 13, 5:30 pm Virtual Community Forum  Monday, May 17 9-11 Awards Tuesday, May 18, 7:00 am Community Chat, Carnevale Park Wednesday, May 19 Elementary Student Field Day Thursday, May 20 Elementary Student Field Day Monday, May 24, 11:30 am  Community Chat, Voorhees Park Tuesday, May 25, 5 & 6 pm Preschool graduation Wednesday, May 26, 7:00 pm GRADUATION, READING VETERANS MEMORIAL STADIUM Thursday, May 27 LAST DAY OF SCHOOL - EARLY RELEASE Thursday, May 27, 7:00 pm Rain Date for Graduation, Reading Veterans Memorial Stadium Thursday, May 27 (TBD) Eighth Grade Recognition Tuesday, June 1, 8:00 am Community Chat, Reading Media Center

Community Chats

Superintendent Jason Enix and Treasurer Colette Lewis will continue their series of Community Chats, with your next opportunity to meet up with them next week. They will be at Carnevale Park, Tuesday, May 18, at 7:00 am. They have been working to hold Community Chats at different times of day, to try to accommodate everyone’s schedule. Sign-up here and check out the full schedule of Community Chats.

Virtual Community Forum

Mr. Enix and Mrs. Lewis will also host a Virtual Community Forum on Thursday, May 13 at 5:30. Additional communication will be sent next week on the topics for the evening. This is a great chance to get involved in Reading Schools for parents and community members. Join the Zoom meeting here.

Honors Convocation

Our seniors were recognized during Honors Convocation on Wednesday, May 5. Thank you to everyone who made it a special night for our seniors. Congratulations to Reading High School Class of ‘21 Valedictorian Christopher Creatura, Salutatorian Margaret Grant, and all of the students listed below:

Evanne Anderson, Bryce Irwin, Nicholas Parker, Jr., Haleigh Baker, Kylee Jennings, JD Piron, Haileigh Ballinger, Bailey Koebbe, Ryan Rack, Trinity Bryant, Nicholas Lane, Aniyah Rosemond, Christopher Creatura, Kendall Lattire, Martin Saucedo, Jr., Caleb Embry, Joshua Lawson, Zachary Schueler, Grace Ernst, Makayla Lawson, Zyon Scott, Donald Furniss, Jessica Malott, Luke Shaw, Lindsey Girard, Cooper Maurer-Jennings, Julia Staat, Margaret Grant, Lea McCoy, John Thomas, Mikayla Griffin, Shayna McGee, Emily Turner, Gwendolyn Hensley, Makana Morgan, Dezirae Wright-Thomas

2021 Graduation Is Almost Here

Graduation will be taking place in person, at Veterans Memorial Stadium. The outdoor venue will allow us to accommodate more guests for our graduates. The ceremony is planned for Wednesday, May 26 at 7:00 pm, with a rain date of Thursday, May 27. Additional details will be communicated to families directly from the high school.

Reminder: Kindergarten Registration

A reminder that if your child will be five years old by September 30, 2021, they are eligible for Kindergarten this fall. There are several steps to register, but you can begin the process here. Please be sure to complete every step of the process, so we can begin our planning for fall. While the process can be completed online, a sign-up event will take place at Reading Elementary on Thursday, April 29 from 2-5 pm to assist our families with paperwork. Orientation is scheduled for May 6, but you must complete registration to attend.

Reminder: Early Dismissal on Last Day

Students who will be in class on the last day of school, Thursday, May 27, will be released early. Dismissal will take place at 12:10 for RHS and RMS, and 12:30 pm for RES giving all of our Blue Devil families an early start to summer break!