A recap of the meeting held February 17, 2021
District Vaccine Update
The district’s first vaccine clinic will take place on Friday, February 19, with the follow-up on Friday, March 19. Thanks to our partnership with the Reading Fire Department, we have been able to schedule the clinic in the best possible way for our staff and Reading families. The clinic will take place on-site, around our school day schedule, allowing our staff to be vaccinated without traveling. With the vaccination days scheduled for Fridays, there will be no need to switch to remote learning or use a calamity day if vaccine reactions cause staff absences. Thank you to Reading Fire Chief Todd Owens and District Nurse Heidi Sandlin for their hard work and cooperation in making this happen!
The Reading Community City School District Board of Education held a regular meeting on Wednesday, February 17. Board meetings are streamed and archived here.
The Board approved the District’s Strategic Plan, the result of months of work involving Board Members, staff, and the community. Thank you to everyone who participated. The Strategic Plan serves as our roadmap into the future.
Inspiring the leaders of tomorrow with engaging opportunities today – The Blue Devil Way.
STUDENT LEARNING: Providing all students with engaging & innovative curriculum to excel as future members of our global society.
CULTURE: Building a caring, diverse and inclusive community where every member feels safe, valued, and supported.
COMMUNICATION: Providing effective and transparent communication within all aspects of our Blue Devil community.
FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY: Ensuring transparent and responsible use of district resources to provide the highest quality education for our students.
You’ll see this prominently displayed on our website here.
The Board also recently approved their Mission, Vision, and Belief statements and they can be found here.
Superintendent Jason Enix laid out a district reorganization plan that will allow for additional focus in the areas identified in the strategic plan, specifically curriculum and communications improvements. The reorganization plan allows the district to make efficient and collaborative use of our PK-12 campus in a fiscally responsible way.
Under the reorganization plan, RCCSD would operate with two principals, one for our PK-6 students and another for students in grades 7-12. This realignment would mean each principal would oversee approximately the same number of students and staff. It would also create similar ratios of students to administrators, administrative assistants, and counseling staff across grade levels.
The creation of a Director of Curriculum and Communication will also allow for a dedicated administrator to focus on the vision areas of Student Learning and Communications. In addition to focusing on curriculum alignment, learning resources, assessments, data management, and professional development, the Director of Curriculum and Communication would implement a comprehensive communications strategy - a key action item in the strategic plan.
The proposed reorganization is cost neutral and can be viewed in Mr. Enix’s presentation here. The Director of Curriculum and Communication position will be posted during the week of February 22, with a recommendation for the Board to take action on filling the position during the March 17 Board Meeting.
The reorganization would also allow for improvements to our master schedule, allowing for more elective and academic opportunities for middle school students, with the potential for students to earn high school credits during their 8th-grade year.
The Reorganization Plan will be the subject of a Virtual Community Forum that will take place Tuesday, February 23 at 5:30 pm. This will be a Zoom conference. Additional details about how to participate will be released on our website. The Forum will also be streamed on the district YouTube page.
Project Lead the Way
Project Lead the Way is a National STEM program that has been implemented in elementary, middle, and high schools across the country. By partnering with Great Oaks, RCCSD will be offering new programming for students beginning in the 2021-2022 school year. Design and Modeling would be a required semester course for 7th-grade students, along with an Automation and Robotics elective semester course offered for 8th-grade students. This is in alignment with our strategic plan to provide engaging and innovative curriculum and helps fulfill recent state mandates for computer science accessibility.
This video will provide more information about Project Lead The Way.
The Board approved open enrollment for the 2021-2022 academic year. The application date for current open enrollment families is March 1, 2021, and April 2, 2021 for new open enrollment families. More details will be released about the process as those dates approach.
Work has continued over the past few weeks to complete interior punchout list items for the building. The Presidents’ Day holiday on 2/15 allowed work to take place inside the building. Punchout list items for the exterior of the building will be tackled in warmer weather, with the expectation that work will be completed during Spring Break.
Resources for Families
The COVID-19 pandemic has created disruption in our normal daily lives, and for children, these changes can be especially challenging. Reading Community City School District is dedicated to providing help and support to our families.
The State of Ohio has a list of mental health resources for students that can be found here.
Calendar of Events
There will be a special meeting of the RCCSD Board of Education on Wednesday, February 24 for Board development. Additional Board committee meetings have been scheduled as shown below.