Russia students take advantate of college classes


For the Sidney Daily News



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RUSSIA — Russia Local School is working to continue the tradition of providing the highest level of academics to its students while maintaining a positive and caring atmosphere in which Russia is known for.

“Recently, the Dayton Business Journal ranked Russia the third Highest Performing District in the Dayton Region,” said Superintendent Steven Rose. “Within the high school, we have continued to increase the number of college credits that our students can earn while staying on campus. Through a partnership with Rhodes State and Urbana University, students can now earn over 50 college credit hours without leaving Russia School. In fact, this year we have two students who will graduate with 47 college credit hours on their transcript without leaving Russia. Another impressive statistic is that the average senior at Russia has earned 40 college credit hours. We feel that students who complete their junior and senior year at Russia will have the same advantages as students who choose to take college courses at Edison, but in a more nurturing environment within the traditional high school environment.”

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I am excited to announce that over Christmas break the district purchased 50 Google Chromebooks with the majority of the funding coming from a generous grant of $8,000 from the Cargill Corporation. These chromebooks have been used to create two mobile carts that are available for teachers to sign out and use within their classrooms. We chose to purchase Google Chromebooks as a cheaper alternative to traditional laptops. Not only are Chromebooks less expensive to purchase, they also have a lower cost of maintenance. The first impressions from our students and staff have been extremely positive.

Russia School would like to express their sincere appreciation to the Russia Wellness Foundation and the Russia Community who raised funds to build a storage facility at the track. Although this land is still owned by the Russia Wellness Foundation, it will be used to store numerous supplies for both the school and the athletic department. The district is in severe need of storage and this will be a great benefit to the district and the athletic department.

In December, the Russia Board of Education approved a window replacement project which will include replacing the windows on the north end of the building facing the church. The windows that are being replaced are approximately 50 years old and not only are they inefficient, but numerous panels have substantial corrosion which is causing moisture issues in some rooms. The new windows will not only be more efficient, but by replacing the panels with glass, it will provide more natural light for the students which is conducive to learning. The bids were extremely competitive and well below our anticipated budget which was a pleasant surprise. The work is scheduled to be completed between early June and mid July.

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!

Rose
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For the Sidney Daily News