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Community Options Meeting Planned for Feb. 28

Join us as Lead Architect Mike Ruetschle and members of the Master Facilities Plan Core Team present an options workshop Feb. 28 at 7 p.m. in the Oakwood High School auditorium. A variety of master plan options will be presented to address comprehensive K-12 needs across all of our facilities. Options are being developed and reviewed at this point and include a range of restoring, renovating/adding and new construction alternatives.

The evening will begin with a presentation of the current options, complete with cost range estimates and possible taxpayer implications. We will then break into small groups to be able to gain feedback and hear questions about the options. Each small group will then report out the highlights of their discussion to the entire group.

More feedback will continue to be gathered, including online and at the next town hall meeting scheduled for March 21 at 7 p.m. at the OHS auditorium. For more information on the Master Facilities Plan, visit our website at https://www.oakwoodschools.org/district/master-facility-plan.

Thank You to the Oakwood Community

Thank you to all of the community members who attended the district's first Town Hall meeting Monday, Jan. 29 to discuss the Oakwood Schools Master Facilities Plan.

We are currently adding to our list of Frequently Asked Questions from the meeting and will post to our FAQ at

https://www.oakwoodschools.org/district/master-fac...

To read more about the meeting, see the article in the Dayton Daily News at

https://www.oakwoodschools.org/district/master-fac...

Join us for Town Hall Meeting

You are invited to attend tomorrow night's Town Hall meeting to talk about the Oakwood Schools Master Facilities Plan at 7 p.m. in the Oakwood High School auditorium.

This event will allow you to share your thoughts and concerns, ask questions and engage in a dialogue with members of the school leadership and the Master Facilities Plan Core Team. We want you to be as engaged and informed at you want to be about this important process.

To see the latest information on the Master Facilities plan, visit our Master Facilities Plan page.

Facilities Core Team Announces Changes

Based on feedback received from community members, 500+ comments on the visioning questions and input from those attending initial options workshops, members of the Oakwood Schools Master Facilities Core Team have eliminated any options involving full demolition of any of our school buildings and scheduled two town hall meetings. School officials believe both of these decisions will help relieve a bit of anxiety that was beginning to distract from the valuable conversations needed to make this process a success.

“The Core team’s responsibility is to consider all possible options. The feedback we have received indicates the community would not support any plan requiring full demolition of any of our school buildings. Because our goal is to give the community the schools they want, while creating effective learning environments for the present and the future, we have eliminated any plans that would require full demolition of any of our school buildings,” Kyle Ramey, Oakwood Schools superintendent.

School leaders apologize for missing the opportunity to receive public comments at the Jan. 16 meeting and want to hear from interested parties. Town Hall meetings will be held Monday, Jan. 29 and Wednesday, March 21 both at 7 p.m. in the OHS auditorium. The previously scheduled Options Meeting will be Wednesday, Feb. 28.

“We appreciate the passion and participation in the process and want to respect those who are willing to join the process. We will continue to conduct community meetings, accept comments on our website and at our new email Facilities@oakwoodschools.org as well as welcome your calls,” Ramey said.

Board of Education Presents State of the Schools

A look back at 2017 and a look into the future for the Oakwood City School District. Click here to read the 2018 State of the Schools

Additional Community Meeting Planned

An encore presentation of the first Master Facility Plan community meeting will be held at the Oakwood High School auditorium Jan. 16 at 7 p.m.

“We encourage all community residents to become informed of the process and to share their thoughts, questions and concerns, so we may engage in meaningful dialogue about the plan, the process and the purpose of our shared effort. We invite all stakeholders to join us in being a part of this great opportunity,” Board of Education member Todd Duwel said.

To review information prior to the meeting, you can visit the Master Facility Plan page on our website.

OUR MISSION

Doing what is best for students is our guiding principle. To this end, the Oakwood School community commits the resources, support, expertise and experiences needed for all students to achieve.

OUR vision

The Oakwood School community educates students to become ethical decision-makers who achieve their life goals, take responsible risks, and contribute to the greater good of the world. Graduates are prepared for their post-secondary pursuits, proud of their Oakwood education, and poised to lead and serve.


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From the Superintendent's Desk

NWS Windchill Chart

Safe passage for our students and staff to get to school and respect for the importance of the work that occurs in our classrooms guides weather-related decisions. It is not uncommon for winter weather to cause interruptions to the school schedule. Most districts make their delay or closure decisions based on the ability to safely provide bus transportation. In our community, however, most students live within a 20-minute walk or a 5-minute drive to school. Therefore, conditions that may delay or close our schools may be different than those of other districts.

The 20-minute walk is an important consideration and drives our use of the -20 degree wind chill number. The National Weather Service has determined exposed skin can be damaged in 30 minutes, beginning at or about -20 degrees F.

Our number one priority, and the first consideration when making decisions related to opening, closing, or delaying school, is and always will be student safety. When all other conditions are favorable (mechanical issues, street and sidewalk, etc.) and temperature is the only consideration, OCSD will utilize the guidelines below and the attached chart to help determine a delay or closure.

DELAY - OCSD’s guideline for considering a delay due to extremely cold temps: The wind chill temperature is at least -20 degrees Fahrenheit and a significant improvement is imminent. Because our schools don't start until 8:15 or later, it is already daylight as opposed to those districts where buses pick kids up at 6:30 a.m. and a delay makes a big difference in safety.

CLOSED - OCSD’s guideline for considering canceling school due to extremely cold temps: The wind chill temperature is a sustained -20 degrees Fahrenheit and there is no significant improvement imminent.

There is not any one-size-fits-all formula for deciding to close or to delay school. We take the decision to close school very seriously and many variables come into play before finalizing the decision. I take into consideration the readings from three different sites (National Weather Service, The Weather Channel and WeatherBug) to best determine the conditions here in Oakwood. We know, quite often, the winds are stronger at the Dayton International Airport where the National Weather Service records its readings. So, it’s important to look at the conditions we have here in Oakwood. Based on the type of weather conditions we are experiencing, I will also walk and drive through different parts of our community, talk to the head groundskeeper and Treasurer, and check with the Safety Department and other area superintendents. Again, safety of our students is always our primary concern.

To ensure student safety and comfort when school is in session during these cold months, we also need your help. Please be sure your students wear appropriate clothing including gloves, hats and loose fitting layers for the winter weather. And in case you haven’t looked ahead at your calendar, the first day of spring is March 20.

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AcaDec Wins Regionals

OHS Academic Decathlon wins Regionals and will compete next at the State event March 1 - 3.

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