RUSSIA — “After 25 years of constant use, it is time to replace our school playground,” said Russia Local Schools Superintendent Steve Rose. “Last November the board of education set aside $200,000 of Permanent Improvement Funds for the playground project. The RCA also did a successful fundraising project and committed $8,000 for the purchase of a Nine Square In The Air Court with poured in place flooring to add to the project.”
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In an effort to maximize our buying power, we worked with Marion Local who is also doing a similar playground project. We did a combined bid for both schools which led to a substantial volume discount. We are also doing a community build utilizing local volunteers to construct the playground which will save the district an extra $30,000! With these savings, we were able to add additional equipment and have poured in place rubber flooring throughout the entire playground including the ga ga pit. In the early spring, we will be selling the current equipment and plan to start with the removal of the old equipment immediately after school is out. Check out the new playground design and mark your calendars for the week of June 15 if you would like to help with the construction of the new playground.
This fall, the State of Ohio released the 2018-2019 District Report Card which ranks the performance of each school district in the State of Ohio. Russia was one of 32 districts in the State of Ohio to Earn an overall “A” rating! The Dayton Business Journal also ranked Russia the 2nd highest district in the Dayton Area. These are both amazing accomplishments and we are very proud of our students, staff, and community who all worked together to earn these achievements. This year Russia School implemented several new initiatives within the high school and elementary. In the high school, we implemented a one-to-one technology program that provides a chromebook to each student. Teachers have been trained on the use of Schoology to help improve their communications with both students and parents. We are also continuing to develop our college credit plus program, offering students the opportunity to earn 58 college credits here at Russia. Last year our senior class graduated with an average of 44 college credit hours. Another big change for this school year is that we transitioned to all-day kindergarten in an effort to provide more learning opportunities for our kindergarten students, especially those who are in need of intervention.
We continue to implement “The R Factor” developed by Tim Kight of Focus3 Learning. This is a system for developing discipline responses to daily situations, challenging goals, and unexpected circumstances. The more discipline-driven the response, the more productive the outcome will be.
To continue to develop a positive school culture in the primary grades we are using a book called “The Energy Bus” by John Gordon for students in grades K-4.
Russia Local School received grant funding from the Bureau of Workman’s compensation totaling $33,279 to improve school safety and security. This funding was used to complete a variety of upgrades to the district including new cafeteria tables that just arrived, new camera servers, and additional cameras to the track storage building and to the playground area.
In closing, I want to thank the Russia Community for your ongoing support of Russia Local School. It is your constant support that makes Russia School what it is today and it is very much appreciated!