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Superintendent's Message

Jonathan Alder Local School District Superintendent Message 2022-2023

September, 2022

Dear JA Students and Families:

It has been an outstanding start to the school year at Jonathan Alder.  It’s hard to believe that our students and staff are well into the first quarter of the 22-23 school year.  As Superintendent, I could not be more proud and inspired by the work our teachers and students are committed to.  It is obvious that hard work, daily commitment, focussing on the now, respect and strong relationships are just a few values that I am observing amongst the school community.  I am honored to be part of such a great district and community.

The Jonathan Alder District has been hard at work not only with our Teaching and Learning, but our planning and overall development for each of our schools.  The Professional Development Committees have been hard at work coordinating and preparing for valuable growth opportunities for our staff.  Meetings have taken place with the Plain City Mayor, Administration and the Pleasant Valley Joint Fire District for future development planning.   Reviewing and updating district policy is a priority for the school board and most importantly planning for the safety of our students and staff is a top priority.  The Madison County Sheriff’s Office and Plain City Police Department have actively taken part in the safety and security planning for our district.  

I want to congratulate and thank the many students and staff involved in our extracurriculars and athletic programs.   Students, athletes, directors & coaches of our various programs are commended for your hard work, dedication, commitment and success you have experienced throughout this fall season.  From choir performances within the community, band showcase evenings, to the boys’ golf team success, girls’ golf breaking record, undefeated volleyball in conference play, to our strong football, boys & girls soccer, girls tennis, cross country and cheerleading programs, it has been impressive.  Thanks for representing the Pioneers as you do.

Another special congratulations is in order to JAHS student, Maggie Matessa for receiving CBC Student-Athlete of the Month.  Maggie participates in Girls Golf and also is involved in Swimming during the winter.  If you see Maggie, please congratulate her on being our Jonathan Alder CBC Student-Athlete of the Month.  

For a sneak peek of all the outstanding day to day learning and engagement at Jonathan Alder, please view This Week at JALSD Video created by Communications Coordinator, Mr. Jester.

Please join in on our district One Word, TOGETHER as we continue striving to provide the opportunity, flexibility and accessibility our students need to achieve, compete and succeed.

Never hesitate to reach out to me or your child’s principal if you have any questions or concerns.  We are here to Serve.

In Gratitude,

James Miller Ed.D. 


Jonathan Alder Local School District 


"Leadership is demonstrated not so much in words as in actions and attitude" - Harold Geneen

. . . striving to provide the opportunity, flexibility and accessibility our students need to achieve, compete and succeed.