Board Update

A recap of the meeting held April 21, 2021

The Reading Community City School District Board of Education held a regular meeting on Wednesday, April 21, 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.
 Friday, April 23 Prom Wednesday, May 5, 1:00 pm Community Chat, Don’s Creamy Whip Wednesday, May 5, 3:00 pm Ground Breaking: Hilltop Athletic Complex Wednesday, May 5, 5:30 pm Board of Education Work Session Wednesday, May 5, 7:00 pm Honors Convocation 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 Monday, May 24, 11:30 am  Community Chat, Voorhees Park Wednesday, May 26, 7:00 pm GRADUATION, READING VETERANS MEMORIAL STADIUM Thursday, May 27, 7:00 pm Rain Date for Graduation, Reading Veterans Memorial Stadium Tuesday, June 1, 8:00 am Community Chat, Reading Media Center

Reorganization Plan

Superintendent Jason Enix updated the Board on the Reorganization Plan. The plan has allowed for a data-driven focus on staffing needs and is part of the district’s commitment to student learning and fiscal responsibility laid out in the Strategic Plan. For the 2021-2022 school year, this will mean some staffing assignment changes in our elementary grades.

Mr. Enix discussed with the Board that this flexibility allows the district to avoid hiring additional staff. An additional staff member costs approximately $80,000 on average for salary and benefits, or $400,000 during a five-year forecast period. You can view his report for additional details.

Summer Jump Start

Already more than 100 students have signed up for the Summer Jump Start program. The program is part of the district Learning Recovery Plan to help our students make a successful start to the 2021-2022 school year. The program is free. K-8 students across the district are invited to participate for help with English Language Arts and Math. The Jump Start will take place July 19-August 5. Registration has been expanded through April 26 so more families can take part. Sign up now!

Pandemic Funds

Several rounds of federal pandemic relief funds have been allocated to local school districts. In his report, Ms. Colette Lewis reviewed the funds that have been received and how they’ve been used to offset district expenses. Additional funding is still expected, but the exact dollar amount has not been determined yet.

Wellness & Community Outreach

Federal pandemic relief funds will be used to hire a District Wellness and Community Outreach Coordinator. The person hired into this new position will be available for direct student and family support, coordinate counseling and other resources, and lead the district wellness initiatives. Pandemic-related disruptions have had an impact on the social and emotional well-being of our students. Certain federal funds are earmarked for recovery in these areas, and this position will allow us to address needs around student learning and culture in a fiscally responsible way.
Reading Fire Chief Todd Owens being presented with a plaque

Thank You, Reading Fire Department

Reading Fire Chief Todd Owens was presented with a plaque by the Board, in appreciation for the department’s support of the district. The Reading Fire Department coordinated the recent school staff vaccine clinic, and that partnership helped minimize disruptions for staff and our families.

We will be partnering again to offer vaccinations to our 16-18-year-old students. Thank you again to Chief Owens and the entire Reading Fire Department!

Five Year Forecast

Treasurer Colette Lewis will deliver an update on the district’s Five Year Forecast during the next Board meeting. This will spell out the latest impact of federal funding and the state budget. It will take place during the meeting on Wednesday, May 5 at 5:30 pm.
Members of the Reading Community City School District Board of Education accepting award from the Ohio School Boards Association representative

Reading Board Earns “Gold Level” Award

The Board was recognized as a “Gold Level” effective school board by the Ohio School Boards Association (OSBA) during the meeting. Thank you to our Board members for their hard work!

Hilltop Athletic Complex Contract Approved

The Board has approved a contract with Conger Construction Group for the Hilltop Property Athletic Fields. A groundbreaking for the project will be held on Wednesday, May 5 at 3 pm. Join the community celebration as we start this exciting project!

Community Chats

Superintendent Jason Enix and Treasurer Colette Lewis will continue their series of Community Chats, giving everyone a chance to get questions answered and learn more about Reading Schools. The next chat is Wednesday, May 5 at Don’s Creamy Whip at 1 pm. Sign-up here and check out the full schedule of Community Chats to find a time and date that works best with your schedule.

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.

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.

Early Dismissal on Last Day

The tradition continues! Students who will be in class on the last day of school, Thursday, May 27, will be released early. Dismissal will take place at 12:30 pm, giving all of our Blue Devil families an even earlier start to summer break!