Xenia Community Schools will be on a 2-hour delay for Friday, Feb. 7.
Roads in the district have improved today, however, wind chills are anticipated to be -10 to -15 degrees below zero. By delaying 2 hours, wind chills will diminish substantially, allowing our walking students and elementary kids to be outside safely for longer periods of time.
Sidewalks are hit and miss around area schools’ neighborhoods. They may stay like that for a week if homeowners can’t clean them up. I urge parents and guardians to talk with your child if they walk to school. Dress them for the weather and elements. Boots are essential for walkers if at all possible. Remind your child not to walk in the streets!
Superintendent Pro Tem
The Xenia Board of Education will meet in special session on Monday, February 3, 2014 at 5:30 p.m.
Members of the community are invited to attend the meeting to hear the public presentations of the finalists for the position of Superintendent Pro-Tem. The presentations will occur on Monday, February 3, 2014 at 5:30 p.m. at the Xenia Board Offices, 819 Colorado Drive in Xenia.
Following the presentations, the public will have an opportunity to meet the candidates and provide written feedback to the members of the Board of Education regarding the candidates.
A brief reception will follow the presentations.
The Board of Education is working diligently to employ a leader to serve as the Superintendent Pro-Tem and run the district through July 31, 2014.
The following persons are finalists for the position. Each candidate will make a short presentation on Monday, February 3 at 5:30 p.m.
Please join us for this important event.
Xenia Community Schools
For Immediate Release
The Xenia Schools are facing a unique dilemma for the next two days. Having students in the classroom to learn is a high priority; however, student safety is the highest priority. Frigid temperatures, dangerously low wind chills, and icy roads have kept the students out of school for the last two days. The district has exceeded the allotment of five calamity days, and Superintendent Pro-Tem Ted Holop wants to get the students back in school. “It’s never an easy decision to keep the kids out of school,” stated Mr. Holop.
Prolonged exposure to the cold can cause serious health issues for students. “It isn’t just about being cold; it’s about the exposure to cold over a period of time and the potential consequences for our students,” continued Holop.
Temperatures and wind chills are expected to be at least as bad on Thursday and Friday. “We don’t want kids waiting outside for long periods of time. Buses could be delayed by road conditions, causing students to stand out in the cold with very low wind chills making it quite dangerous,” said Holop. Road conditions may or may not improve overnight.
As decisions are made for delaying or closing of school on Thursday and Friday, please know that the Xenia Schools are considering multiple factors. We value the instructional time, but we must consider student safety first.
Please listen for a One Call Now or use the local media sources for updates regarding any further closures or delays.
Xenia Community Schools
Board of Education
For Immediate Release
The Xenia Board of Education met on Saturday, January 11 and voted to appoint Dr. Nodie Washington to fill the vacant Board seat.
The Board noted its appreciation of the five individuals who submitted applications and are grateful for their interest and support of the Xenia Community Schools.
In nominating Dr. Washington for the vacant seat, Board member Arch Grieve indicated that while the Board had five excellent candidates, Dr. Washington clearly articulated her vision for how the board can move the Xenia Community School District forward.
“I look forward to having the fifth seat filled and to working with a complete Board of Education as we move forward,” stated Cheryl Marcus, Board President. “I invite the entire community to the Board meeting when Dr. Washington will be installed. We have much work to do on behalf of the students, staff and community. We are anxious to move ahead as a unified Board.” Dr. Washington will be seated immediately upon taking the oath of office and begin her term on the Board of Education. Her term will extend through December 31, 2015.
The Board will hold its regular meeting on January 13, 2014 beginning at 6:30 pm at the Board of Education office, 819 Colorado Drive in Xenia.
January 8, 2014
For Immediate Release
Board of Education to Interview Candidates to fill Vacant Board Seat
The Xenia Community Schools Board of Education will hold special meetings to interview candidates and to select a person to fill the vacant seat on the Board of Education. The schedule of meetings is as follows:
January 8, 2014, 6:30 p.m.: Interview Candidates
January 9, 2014, 6:30 p.m.: Interview Candidates
January 11, 2014, 5:30 p.m.: Interview Candidates and Select a Board Member
The meetings will take place at the Board of Education Offices, 819 Colorado Drive in Xenia. Each meeting will include an executive session to conduct the interviews, and on January 11, an executive session for the deliberations. The selection of the candidate to fill the seat will be made on Saturday, and the vote will occur in a public session as required by the Ohio Revised Code.
The following candidates will interviewed:
Dr. Nodie Washington
Dr. James (Rick) McClelland
Dr. Willie Houston, Jr.
We look forward to a productive process. It is the intention of the Board of Education to move forward as a team for the benefit of the students and families we serve.
For Immediate Release
Board Meeting Postponed
Xenia Board of Education events scheduled for tonight have been postponed.
The reception, the Organizational Meeting Board Meeting, and the Special Meeting have been rescheduled for Tuesday, January 7, 2014 at 6:00 p.m. The reception and meetings will take place at the Board Office, 819 Colorado Drive in Xenia.
Please note: The deadline for any person wishing to apply for the vacant seat on the Board of Education has been extended to 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, January 7, 2014. Applications should be submitted to Ms. Tracy Jarvis, Treasurer, 819 Colorado Drive in Xenia.
The Board Offices are closed today, Monday, January 6, 2014.
Please join us on Tuesday, January 7 at 6:00 p.m. for the Board reception and meeting.
Today at XHS, a written threat was found on a bathroom wall. The threat was not specific to any individual or group, and had no specific timeframe. An investigation has begun and will continue in collaboration with the Xenia Police Department. Safety of students and staff is our most critical responsibility, and it will be at the core of our decision making dealing with this threat.
At this time, there is no evidence to suggest credibility to the threat; however we will put procedures in place to assure XHS is secure and safe tomorrow. School will begin at the normal time and police will be on site starting at 6:45 a.m. All students will enter the school through two areas and have any bags or backpacks searched by school personnel. Hall passes will be limited for the day and access to the school after 7:45 will be through the front entrance only where a staff member will greet people.
Learning will go on as usual tomorrow and we look forward to a good day at school. The investigation will continue and further developments will go out through the one call system.
At its regularly scheduled meeting on December 9, 2013, the Xenia Community School’s Board of Education voted to approve a Separation Agreement with Dr. Deborah Piotrowski, Superintendent of Schools. Dr. Piotrowski’s last day in the district will be January 3, 2014. She will be on a leave of absence through July 31, 2014 and considered an employee of the district.
The Board of Education is expected to name an Interim Superintendent as soon as practical. Until that time, Mr. Ted Holop, Superintendent Pro Temp will be the acting Superintendent starting on January 4, 2014.
As a District, we wish to thank Dr. Piotrowski for her many efforts to further the cause of public education in Xenia, Ohio. We wish her well in all future endeavors.
It is the intention of the Board to move forward.
We look to our future with hope and optimism. We would like to thank all of our administrators, teachers, and staff for the work that they do each day to benefit the students and families that we serve.
For Immediate Release
My time in the Xenia Community Schools has been a joy and a pleasure. It has been my honor to work side-by-side with some of the finest teachers, administrators, and staff members in the State of Ohio. Serving the students and families in the Xenia has been rewarding, and I have made memories for a lifetime.
I love children; I truly enjoy watching students learn and grow. Children inspire me to be a better person, and my efforts in Xenia have been focused on placing resources in the classroom to create a better learning experience for all students. At the end of every day, I have reminded myself (and all those around me) that we are in the business of educating children. I have focused my efforts and energies on what is best for our students.
The time has come for me to move on to other endeavors. While I am looking forward to a new chapter of life, I am proud of the following accomplishments during my service in the Xenia Schools:
- The Xenia Schools have led Greene County (and many other areas districts) in annual growth measure (value-added) for the last two years. We are providing the majority of our students with more than a year’s growth in the grades where we have the value-added metric. Our teachers are getting the job done-even under trying circumstances.
- The district is in a much stronger financial condition than when I arrived in 2010. The down-sizing and right-sizing of our school district has received statewide recognition and has resulted in a stable financial forecast for the next two years.
- We have made significant, measurable progress in the area of technology with a fiber-build and a technology platform which provides the necessary access for 21st century instruction and assessment. We are fully prepared for the next generation of assessments.
- We completed the multi-million dollar building project; on-time and under budget. Generations of Xenia students will benefit from these wonderful new buildings.
- High academic expectations and new teaching strategies have led to increased student scores.
We have made tremendous progress. I am proud of our students and staff, and I know we have laid the foundation for boundless success. My best wishes to the staff of the Xenia Community Schools. I am thankful for the opportunity to serve.
Deborah A. Piotrowski
Superintendent of Schools
Arrowood’s kindergarten students celebrated Thanksgiving by having a feast of their own. Thanks to the many volunteers in each of the classrooms who helped make this a memorable event for our students.