Rocket Report

June 3, 2019

Wishing our Staff and Students a Great Summer Break!

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The Future of Benton-Carroll-Salem School District

May 31, 2019

Dear B-C-S Stakeholders:

We are proud to work with all of you in making B-C-S a strong institution for our current and future students—and to be a strong asset for this community. Recently, we have faced challenging decisions regarding our financial future due to devastating cuts in operating revenue beyond our control—the de-valuation of Davis-Besse Nuclear Power Station and the phase out of a key payment (PUTPP) from the state. Together these cuts result in an annual loss of $6 Million, or 30% of our overall operating budget! The magnitude of this revenue loss is unprecedented for a school district in the history of this state.

Since May 2018, we have been on the ballot three times to help fill a little more than half of these losses. A property tax passed, which we are thankful for, but the income tax was rejected three times. The property tax that passed brings in approximately $1.4 Million per year and the income tax would have brought in approximately $1.9 Million per year. If both passed, these would have brought in $3.3 Million out of the $6 Million loss—just a little more than half the loss. The rest of the losses will be made up by staying fiscally conservative and making internal reductions.

The B-C-S Board chose to go on the August 6, 2019 ballot with a property tax based on our urgent need to replace the lost operating revenue described above. The Board chose to do a property tax because the 1% income tax was defeated three times, and because the Board was prohibited by state law to put the income tax on the ballot again until November. See for more information on the August 6th levy.

As a result of our urgent financial situation, we have been forced to make decisions about cuts and increased fees that we have been trying to avoid. Below is a summary of the cuts and increased fees:

#1) For the 2019—2020 school year, there will be NO school bus transportation of students in grades 9—12. For example, if you have a 5th grader and a 10th grader, we will transport the 5th grader to school, but not the 10th grader. We will provide a bus for students attending Penta Career Center, which will leave from OHHS. There will be no home pick up of Penta students. However, we will transport grades 9—12 students if the August 6th levy passes. You are encouraged to call the Bus Garage at (419) 898-6214 if you have questions.

#2) For the 2019—2020 school year, there will be NO school bus transportation for students who live within roughly 2 miles of our schools as permitted by state law. See attached for a map and more information on this. However, if the August 6th levy passes, we will transport in a similar manner as the 2018—2019 school year while continuing to make bussing more efficient.

#3) The Acorn Alley child care program will be eliminated for the 2019—2020 school year. However, if the August 6th levy passes we will restore the program.

#4) The Athletics pay-to-participate fee will be increased to $75 per sport with a $300 Family Cap to be effective during the 2019—2020 school year. Currently this fee is $50 per sport with a $200 Family Cap. We will restore the fee back to $50 per sport with a $200 Family Cap if the August 6th levy passes.

#5) Effective July 1, 2019, there will be a District Property Use Fee charged to all non-school sponsored athletic activities including, but not limited to biddy athletics, travel teams, and club teams as determined by the Superintendent, or designee. The fee will be $10 per participant, per activity. All groups will be required to complete a Facilities Use Request. This fee will continue regardless of the levy passage, but will likely increase if it fails.

#6) There will be a charge for all field trip and extra activity trips to be invoiced to the appropriate clubs, principal funds, parent groups, camp accounts, etc. as follows: $2.44 per mile plus $20/hour. We are also looking into other ways to reduce transportation costs, including not sending the band to away football games, and reducing the number of buses sent to away athletic contests.

#7) The Sampler (newsletter) will be eliminated. It will be restored if the August 6th levy passes. The Weekly Rocket Report (with updates and news about the district) will continue to be sent weekly via email. If you do not receive the Rocket Report and would like to, please email Back to school supply lists and fees will be posted on the district website.

#8) Third Grade Swim lessons will be eliminated for the 2019—2020 school year. However, if the August 6th levy passes, this will be restored.

#9) We increased 2019—2020 lunch prices for all students by 20 cents as follows:

R.C. Waters: $2.55 | OHMS: $2.80 | 8th Grade: $2.80| OHHS: $3.05

#10) We reduced summer coaching supplemental contracts by 25%.

#11) We will suspend the use of all B-C-S facilities by adult groups including the indoor high school track, the noon adult swim, and tennis courts. These may be restored if the August 6th levy passes. The use of these facilities will be limited to student use.

#12) Pre-school fees will increase from $130 to $160/month.

#13) We will eliminate all professional development/clinic/training costs from the general fund for the 2019—2020 school year. We will utilize only grant funds for these expenditures.

#14) Fees for high school parking stickers will increase from to $10 to $13 per year effective with the 2019—2020 school year.

#15) All B-C-S teachers and support staff are going into the next school year with a 0% base pay increase. Administrative positions have been reorganized for a $100,000 savings going into next year.

All of these changes will increase revenue and/or reduce district costs. Deeper cuts and increased fees will have to be made if the levy fails on August 6th. It is important to emphasize that we have worked tirelessly to avoid this situation because we know that all increases in fees and cuts have an impact.

Also, you may have read that HB 6, Ohio’s Clean Energy Bill, which will provide a financial lifeline to keep Davis-Besse operating, recently passed the Ohio House of Representatives. B-C-S School District strongly supported this bill because the closure of the plant would have a catastrophic economic and social impact on our region. However, make no mistake: The passage of HB 6 will not provide any direct financial benefit to the district, or in any way fix the revenue problem we are facing caused in large part by the de-valuation of Davis-Besse.

See attached: you will find information concerning the August 6th levy. Attached, you will also find information concerning school bus transportation for the 2019-2020 school year.


Members of the Benton-Carroll-Salem Board of Education

Superintendent Guy Parmigian

Treasurer Cajon Keeton

Ballot Issue

For more information regarding the upcoming levy please visit our website

August 6th Levy Informational/Q & A Meetings

*Facebook Live on District Facebook Page: 6/5/19 at 12 Noon

*Coffee Connections at Hartford House: 6/5/19 at 2 PM

*Community Meeting: 6/5/19 at 6 PM at the OHHS Auditorium

*Coffee Connections at Evolve Café: 6/11/19 at 8:30 AM

*Coffee Connections at Blackberry Corners: 7/25/19 at 10 AM

*Facebook Live on District Facebook Page: 7/25/19 at 5:30 PM

*Community Meeting: 7/25/19 at 6:15 PM at the OHHS Auditorium

*If you would like a Board member to come to your home to talk with you about the levy, please call the Board Office at (419) 898-6210 to arrange this.

*You can also call or email your questions at anytime to:

Superintendent Guy Parmigian:, or (419) 898-6210

Treasurer Cajon Keeton:, or (419) 898-6210

Please join us at any of the following Levy Talk Opportunities THIS Wednesday, June 5th.



FACE-TO-FACE Meeting at 6:00 PM at The Hub located at Oak Harbor High School.

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Summer Lunch Club Returns!

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Important Dates for the Opening of the 2019-2020 School Year

Mark your calendars...

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

$District Wide Fee Collection at OHHS from 9 AM until 8 PM

4th Grade Open House at OHMS from 4:30--6 PM

Thursday, August 15, 2019

$District Wide Fee Collection at OHHS from 9 AM until 8 PM

Kindergarten Open House at R.C. Waters from 4:30--6 PM

High School Open House from 6--7:30 PM

8th Grade Orientation at OHHS Auditorium at 6 PM

Monday, August 19, 2019

Teacher Work Day

R.C. Waters Elementary Open House 4:30--6 PM

Oak Harbor Middle School Open House 5--6:30 PM

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Opening Day: ALL B-C-S Staff Report to OHHS Auditorium at 8 AM

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

1st Day of School For Students

B-C-S Board Honors Staff Retirees!

B-C-S Board honors staff retirees: D Hoover, G. Overmeyer, R. Rounds, D. Krieger.

Combined 126 Years of Dedication!

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What's Going On At RC Waters Elementary?

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R.C. Waters Highlights Top Class Dojo Winners for the Month of May!

R.C. Waters Elementary participates in a school wide initiative. It is called Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS). PBIS is a process for creating safer and more effective schools by allowing a safe and productive learning environment where teachers can teach and all students can learn. R.C. Waters has adopted a unified set of expectations for behavior in our school. The unified classroom expectations, found in every classroom and non-classroom settings in the school, are as follows: Be Respectful, Be Responsible, and Be Ready.

Student behavior is documented using a tool called ClassDojo. ClassDojo is a free behavior tracking system that reinforces positive behaviors and quickly engages students in becoming accountable for their own choices. One of the main benefits is the easy opportunity to communicate with parents. On a scheduled rotation, students are able to “shop” from the Dojo reward cart using the points they have earned for meeting the behavior expectations.

R.C. Waters would like to highlight the top Class Dojo winners for the month of May.

Kindergarten: (back left to right) TJ Logan, Jr., Emma Schlagheck, Westin Bolen and Alexa Kendall; (front left to right) Vylet Floro, Shelby Cook, and Scotty Meckfessel

First Grade: (back left to right) Gabriel Romo, Erica Biggert, and Colt Petersen; (front left to right) Kenleigh Ring, Leah Fleckner, and Rhegan Damschroder

Second Grade: (back left to right) Paige Lenke, Gabriella Neiderhouse, Lilly Gahler, Griffin Gahler, and Harmony Johnson; (front left to right) Makayla Borjas, Alena Vargas, and Aslynn Post

Third Grade (back left to right) Florina Frey-Nagy, Koy Fowler, Ryan Riojas, Sean Pickering, Lucas Atwater, and Matthew Fausey; (front left to right) Hudson Lindsay, Alexis Glover, Hailey Worstell, Jeven Buehler, and Ben Gough

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Third Grade (back left to right) Florina Frey-Nagy, Koy Fowler, Ryan Riojas, Sean Pickering, Lucas Atwater, and Matthew Fausey; (front left to right) Hudson Lindsay, Alexis Glover, Hailey Worstell, Jeven Buehler, and Ben Gough

Have A Great Summer!

The staff at RC Waters after the students left on the last day of school. Wishing our students and families a safe, relaxing summer vacation!

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This Week at R.C. Waters

Mrs. Witkowski's class has been studying Economics. The class took a trip to Community Markets to purchase supplies for a meal. The students then went on a field trip to a handicap accessible park in Port Clinton, Lakeview Park, and enjoyed the meal they purchased.
Third-grade students ended their World Series reading challenge by walking to the HS to watch a game played by the HS baseball and softball teams. It was a great day for a ballgame and all students had a blast!!
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This past week students at RCW had Move-Up Day. Our third graders traveled to the middle school for an informational tour. Preschool students came to visit and meet our kindergarten staff and all current Kdg., 1st, & and 2nd grade students moved up to the next grade level.
Students participated in Field day this week. Mr. Bergman organized activities such as the sack race, really races, hurdles, and of course everyone’s favorite tug-of-war! It was a fun day for all!
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Cardboard City was our end of the year PBIS incentive. Students were engaged with building, creating, and working together. They created vehicles, homes, a drive-thru, and even a rocket!
TIE sponsored an end of the year carnival at RCW. Students enjoyed the carnival games and treats! Thanks, TIE and volunteers, for all you do!
Our third graders participated in their own Circus! They practiced their acts, wore makeup & costumes, and performed a full circus for the entire building to enjoy. It is always an amazing day that our third graders will remember for years to come. Big thanks to our volunteers!
Our Third graders parades through the halls on their last day at RC Waters Friday. To the class of 2028- Youre off to great places, today is your day, your mountain is waiting, so get on your way ~Dr. Seuss. Good luck at Middle School!

What's Going On At Oak Harbor Middle School?

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Talent Show Fun!

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Staff kick off part 2 of our talent show!

Field Day Fun!

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2019 Renaissance Fair!

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This week at OHHS!

The BCS BOE recognized our State placers in FCCLA, DECA & FFA! Three quality programs that prepare students with career-ready skills!

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Proud to stand with stand out students from our FFA chapter including Trey Helle who earned the state FFA degree!

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Proud to stand with our teacher Mrs. J. Gerwin whose FCCLA chapter earned an outstanding rating-1 of only 8 in Ohio!

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Congratulations Deca!

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Our senior's last practice. Great job being leaders!!!

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The school year would not be complete without Mrs. Young’s tasty frosted donuts!

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Biology class dissections are wrapping up & so is the school year! It’s a regular day Tuesday May 28th Rockets!


See what our Preschool Classroom is up to at North Point Educational Service Center located at Graytown!

We wrapped up the year by taking a trip to RC Waters to attend Move-Up Day with our students who are transitioning to kindergarten in the fall. We also celebrated with an ice cream sundae party and made special gifts to give to those who have helped us throughout the year. Finally, we enjoyed performing 6 songs and poems for our families at our Moving Up/Graduation Ceremony last Thursday. Good luck next year to our 16 graduating students from the BCS/North Point ESC Preschool! We hope everyone has a safe and enjoyable summer!

Special send-off for OH State Bound Athletes!

Oak Harbor State Bound Track Athletes received a special send-off from RC Waters Elementary staff and students. A Big thank you goes out to The Oak Harbor Pep Band, Oak Harbor Police, Portage Fire Department, Mid-County EMS, Carroll Township Fire, and Ottawa County Sheriff for the awesome send off and escort. Go Rockets!

Peyton Bloomer - 2019 State Champion in High Jump!

Congratulations to Peyton Bloomer, The 2019 State Champion in the high jump. With a jump of 5ft 5 inches. Great Job Peyton!

For the 3rd year in a row, the Rockets 4x100 place at the State Meet. This year, with three new relay members, they place 4th and break the SCHOOL RECORD with a time of 42.76. Great job Brandon Elmes, AJ Riechman, Tyler May, and Aiden Barton!

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Brandon Elmes is a State Placer and a school record holder in the 300 Hurdles! A great finish!
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A HUGE THANKS to everyone that who helped send us off to Columbus. What an amazing and unforgettable experience!!! We especially liked passing by RCWaters where the kids were outside waiting for us. The high fives they gave our athletes have us energized to perform.


  • Oak Harbor sent 15 Qualifiers and 5 alternates to The State Track and Field meet this weekend. Many of these are underclassman. This is a very nice group of athletes and even more importantly a Great group of kids. The future looks bright!
  • On 6/1/19 at State Track meet the Rockets finished as follows Emily Wolf- shot put 17th Boys 4x100m relay 4th Brandon Elmes 300 hurdles 5th Hope Sievert 800m run 17th
  • Recap of 05/31 events at State Track HJ Peyton Bloomer- State Champion HJ Emma Zibbel 9th D- Emily Wolf 9th 110 H Brandon Elmes 11th 100 Elayna Krupp 15th Boys 4x2 10th Girls 4x1 12th Boys 4x1 finals 400 Abby Below 12th 300 H Brandon Elmes Finals Girls 4x4 10th Boys 4x4 15th

B-C-S Alum Highlight Nominations needed!

The Benton-Carroll-Salem School District wishes to highlight the accomplishments of its graduates who reside in our area, the nation, and the world!

The B-C-S Alum Highlight will be featured in the Sampler and in other media throughout our area. We know that Rocket Pride is strong, and so are the accomplishments and contributions of B-C-S alumni.

We look forward to recognizing and honoring the extraordinary individuals who are graduates of Oak Harbor High School.

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District Calendar for B-C-S Local School District for the 2019-2020 School Year!

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Stay Connected W/ B-C-S Schools

About Us

The school district was founded on July 1, 1967 due to the consolidation of the Benton Township School District, the Carroll Township School District, and the Salem-Oak Harbor School District.Benton-Carroll-Salem Local School District, home of the Oak Harbor Rockets, serves 1700 students on three campuses: R.C. Waters Elementary School (Grades K--3), Oak Harbor Middle School (Grades 4--7), and Oak Harbor High School (Grades 8--12). The district is committed to serving the needs of all students to prepare them for the challenges of citizenship, the workforce, and life long learning.

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