Board of Education Presentations
This page is intended to share information with the public about presentations by school and district administration at Fairfield Board of Education meetings. A synopsis of each presentation appears below. PDF files of each presentation are in the file list at the bottom of this page.
2019-2020 Board of Education Presentations
Members of the Future Ready Tech Committee presented a plan to the Board of Education November 7 outlining a move to 1:1 technology for all students in grades K-12.
Dan Jeffers, Coordinator of Data and Instruction; Jeff McKinney, Technology Coordinator; Ricardo Calles, Spanish teacher at Fairfield High School; and Jen Mott, Assistant Principal at Fairfield High School represented the committee at the meeting. The plan will expand collaboration opportunities, encourage critical thinking, engage student creativity and improve communication. The program will be rolled out in phases, beginning with grades 9-12 at the start of the 2020-2021 school year. The following year will include grades 6-8, followed by grades 3-5 in 2022-2023, and K-2 in 2023-2024. Students in grades 9-12 will have complete responsibility for the devices; while sixth-through-eighth graders will have the option to bring the device home or leave at school. Devices will be assigned to students in grades 3-5 but left in homeroom in a cart each day. K-2 devices will be assigned to a core classroom teacher for student use.
To learn more about this exciting new plan, please click the link above to view the PowerPoint presented to board members.
Treasurer Nancy Lane presented a school funding update at the October 3 Board of Education meeting. The information shared focused on Student Wellness Aid, its uses and the amounts we will receive from the state in fiscal tears 2020 and 2021. The aid can be used in coordination with the Butler County Educational Service Center on current and new initiatives such as mental health services, services for homeless youth, community liaisons, physical health care services, mentoring programs, student services provided before or after the school day, and professional development for trauma-informed care and cultural competence. Click the headline link above to learn more.
The FCSD will conduct a community survey beginning October 11 through the 18th. According to Gina Gentry-Fletcher, School and Community Relations Director, the survey will be electronic, with paper copies available to individuals with restricted access to technology.
A link to the 37-question survey was announced on the district website (www.fairfieldcityschools.com), on social media (Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram), in parent email announcements, and an article in the Journal News. To learn more please click the headline above.
Mandy Aug, Director of Curriculum and Instruction, shared data from the 2019 state report card at the October 3 work session. We have made some gains in a few areas, but have identified ways to improve in others through a number of programs and supports. We can celebrate growth in areas such as the "B" received on the Progress component, which looks closely at the growth that all students are making based on their past performance. Our value-added grade overall was a "C," which indicates a year's growth. In the same component, our Gifted students earned an "A," our lowest 20% in achievement earned an "A," and students with disabilities earned a "C" - up from a grade of "F" the previous year! Learn more about how we fared by clicking the headline above.
District to Purchase 32 Acres in Fairfield Township for Future District Use; No Immediate Plans for New Schools
The Fairfield Board of Education approved a request September 5 from school district leaders to purchase 32 acres in Fairfield Township for future use.
The approval followed a presentation by Superintendent Billy Smith and Treasurer Nancy Lane about the opportunity to buy the land, located at the northwest corner of Hamilton-Mason Road and Gilmore Road, "at a very reasonable price" from the township through its Community Improvement Corporation. "We are very thankful to the Fairfield Township Board of Trustees for giving us this opportunity," Mr. Smith said. "While we will begin the Building Pride 2.0 process this fall, the district has no immediate plans to build new schools," Mr. Smith told board members at the meeting. "The Building 2.0 process does prepare us for the future. It allows the district to have
a plan in place if and when it decides to consider new buildings, configurations, etc. The district had plans to initiate the Building Pride 2.0 process prior to discussions about this property."
Building Pride 2.0 is an update on the current facility plan. The initial phase includes assessing current facilities this school year to determine needs and costs. The next phase will include reviewing the assessments and the correlation with the current facility maintenance plan. The property will cost the district $40,000 per acre for a total of $1.28 million. Funding will come from the Ohio Facilities Construction Commission (OFCC) required .50-mill permanent improvement/maintenance levy approved by voters in 2014 with the bond issue. Mrs. Lane said a portion of the levy is required to be set aside to maintain our newest schools - Freshman, Central, and Compass. "The other portion may be used for purchases that will last at least five (5) years (including land)," she said. Board members agreed that the township and CIC provided a fair price to the district and that having the land eliminates a need to purchase in the future should there be a need to build.
Mr. Smith said the Building Pride 2.0 process will consider a number of factors, including building space and programming. Community input will also be a component. "We are going to remain committed to the Building Pride 2.0 process and see where it takes us," Smith said.
View the presentation by clicking on the headline above.
A proposal to expand current alternative learning opportunities will include sixth (6th)-through-eighth (8th) graders in space to be created at the Fairfield Academy. The plan was presented by Mandy Aug, Director of Curriculum and Instruction; Kyle Jamison, Director of the Academy; and Joseph Penney, Director of Business Operations.
Under the proposal, the Academy administration would work closely with Crossroads and Creekside middle schools to identify students who might benefit from the non-traditional learning environment at the Academy. The full-day program would have a total of 30 students - 15 seats available to each school. Transportation would be provided, and students would have support from three teachers and the current administration and office staff at the Academy. At no time would the middle school participants be in the same learning areas with high school students. Students would also have direct access to the Academy's current community resources and mental health supports. For more information, please view the presentation by clicking the headline above. It is also listed at the bottom of this page for download.