May 4 Levy Announcement by Dr. Clifford
The West Carrollton School District will be on the November 8, 2016 ballot with a 5.5 mill, 5 year operating levy request. As a result of not passing the 5.5 mill levy request on March 15, 2016 the following cost saving reductions will take place: 1) prior to the start of the 2016-17 school year, we will only provide transportation per the state minimum – Kindergarten – 8th grade and living two or more miles from school, 2) there will be no transportation for the high school or preschool and, 3) we will be making an additional $215,000 in budget reductions.

If the levy does not pass on November 8, 2016, these changes will follow: 1) we will be making 20 teacher/staff reductions prior to the start of the 2017-18 school year, 2) we will continue to provide transportation per the state minimum and, 3) we will be back on the May 2, 2017 ballot with a 6.8 mill operating levy request.

If the 5.5 mill levy for 5 years passes on November 8, 2016, these changes will follow: 1) we will bring back transportation for Kindergarten – 8th grade at the 1 mile limit, 2) we will provide transportation to the high school, and 3) we will not be making 20 teacher/staff reductions.
Emphasis on Testing Needs to Change - Dr. Clifford
We are a nation and a state with an over-emphasis on testing! This myopic focus on test, testing, and tested has got to change.  Teachers spend an exorbitant amount of energy and education preparing students for and taking tests. All of the 16 public school districts in Montgomery County look forward to being held accountable. We have high expectations for all of our students. We focus on student growth, graduation, and career goals. We are developing students’ curiosity and imaginations and creating critical thinkers and problem-solvers.
Pirate Signing Day - May 5, 2016
All students, at every grade level will celebrate Pirate Signing Day on Thursday, May 5th.  Leading "Signing Day" will be the WCHS Class of 2016. Seniors will sign letters of intent to let everyone know what college or university they will be attending, what military experience they will be working toward, or the career credential they will be pursuing. Every WC senior will have a plan.  That knowledge will be shared (student to student) between our HS, MS, and students in our elementary schools. At Walter Shade ECC more than 12 different careers will be featured in ways our kindergartners will remember. 
WC Education Foundation Awards Grants, Recognizes Excellence in Education and Distinguished Service
The Foundation celebrated Excellence in Education Award Winners for 2016, Emily Bowman (second grade teacher, Harry Russell), Scott Doyle (adapted physical education teacher, Walter Shade ECC and West Carrollton Middle School), Kristina Hopf (fourth grade teacher, CF Holliday) Doreen O'Brien (second grade teacher, Harold Schnell), Sarah Vikan (intervention specialist, Frank Nicholas) and Distinguished Service Hall of Fame Recipients, Norma Blackburn and Dr. Larry Campbell.

In addition, the foundation awarded these WC School District staff members with grant dollars that will go directly back into classrooms to support learning: Jennifer Linebaugh - WCMS (Reading Intervention Program for middle school students) $1999.96, Laura Drager - Harold Schnell (Houston, We Have a Problem!) $1,318.20, Bonnie Ott, Trisha Martin - CF Holliday (T.I.T.L.E.C.A.R.E.S) $1,280, Joy Feola - Frank Nicholas (Lego Education PBL Projects) 2,040, Kelli Williamson - WCMS (Classroom Elmo) $359, Michael Treon - WCMS (WCMS Stem Tournament) $450, and Michael Downing & Carol Carrier - Harry Russell (Lights! Camera! Assets!) $1,799.96.
Open Enrollment Applications and Information
Open Enrollment Applications for Harold Schnell Elementary (year-round school) will be available through May 15, 2016.  For all other schools applications are available through June 30, 2016.  
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