The first quarter of the 2013-2014 school year has been a productive one! All school faculty participated in an active shooter safety training, we applied for the Straight A Fund grant, and we were named one of central Ohio’s best-performing districts. The Financial Advisory Council has met and has been reviewing our financial performance as a district, our teachers and administrators are experiencing a new evaluation system for the first time and our students are performing at high levels.
On October 25, JA faculty met at Plain City Elementary for safety training. Mr. Gary Sigrist of Safeguard Risk Solutions led the training, which involved threat assessment activities and enhanced school lockdown drills. The training was in collaboration with local first responders who also attended, from the Union & Madison County Sheriff Departments, Plain City Police Department, and the Pleasant Valley Fire Department. Safety training is ongoing as we continually strive to do everything we can to keep our community and students safe. Click here to find out “What is Being Done to Keep our Kids Safe”.
We recently submitted an application for the Straight A Fund grant. If awarded, the Jonathan Alder “Digital Equity through Innovative Learning Spaces” project would be implemented. This project would allow us to build a wireless, point-to-point, wide-area-network which would provide and deliver reliable high speed network access to all five of the district’s school buildings. High speed internet access would provide a greater capacity for personalizing student learning and meeting state standards for technology integration in classrooms. Ultimately, this would result in more technology based learning for our students.
Columbus Business First ranked JA as one of Central Ohio’s best-performing school districts! Rankings are based on student performance on the OAA and OGT assessments and performance index. You can find the full article by clicking here.
The Financial Advisory Council has been established and has already met twice this year (see meeting Agendas & Notes). The council has been studying past and current district financial performance and continues to consider the need for a levy amount that would provide the necessary funds for maintaining and improving our services to students. More detailed information about the district’s financial performance is available for your review on our new Treasurer’s Page.
If you have any questions or concerns please send me an email at Gary.Chapman@japioneers.org or give me a call at 614-873-5621.
All of this would not be possible without a supportive community of residents, parents, alumni and business partners who take tremendous pride in our school district. This support combined with a dynamic team of educators, support staff and administrators allows us to maximize the educational opportunities for all of our students. I can assure you that we will continue to be relentless in our focus on taking care of kids at Jonathan Alder.