Welcome to the Southwest Licking Local Schools. It is a pleasure to be the superintendent of your school system. Our school system is an exciting place where educational quality is more than a goal; it is an expectation. Our entire staff is dedicated to creating opportunities for all students to do their best and to succeed. Today’s mission is clear: students must be able to handle significant amounts of information that is changing faster than at any time in our history. The ability to be a lifelong learner is no longer a catchy term but is essential to success in the future.
It is my intent that each student who attends this school system has a successful, productive school year. In addition to academic achievement, I hope each of our students demonstrates positive citizenship qualities, not only in our schools, but in the community as well. It is critical that the school, home, and community work together to ensure this is accomplished. I thank you in advance for your effort to make the 2017-2018 school year a great success for all students.
I have set high expectations for both the students and the employees of Southwest Licking, and I am continually working on open communication, sound fiscal management, and strong family and community involvement. Please join me in realizing this vision and mission. Come visit our buildings and enjoy the friendly, inviting atmosphere in our schools. Talk with teachers and students and become involved in this dynamic school system.
This year begins a new chapter in the history of the Southwest Licking Local Schools. In May, the voters of our school district passed a bond issue for a complete makeover of our educational facilities. We now have the opportunity and obligation to design the facilities that will be used to educate our students for the next 50+ years. Although “dirt” will not be turned this year, the District will begin the planning of these facilities. I invite you to participate in this process.
With the start of the school year approaching, I wanted to share a little information on how and when we will make the decision to adjust the length of the school day. I understand that our decision about when to open or close schools, offer a two-hour delayed start, or resort to an early release in bad weather has a big effect on families. Also, we understand that our students are better served by being in school – both academically and socially. As always, our top priority is the safety of our students. I strive to make the decision to close by 5:30 a.m., or earlier, so that we can notify radio and TV stations, post the information to our web site, and send out a phone message to emergency announcement subscribers. Keep in mind that unusual weather conditions may force us to delay first and then make the decision to cancel at a later time. If the District is placed on a 2-hr delay, the decision to cancel will be made no later than 7:00 a.m. Please stay tuned to the previously mentioned stations, as well as our web site and e-communications, for possible changes to a delayed status.
Although my staff and I do our absolute best in this process, we know that often no perfect decision exists. If you do not feel that it is safe for your child to get to school, use your best judgment as to whether or not he or she should attend. If your decision is to keep your child at home, we do request that you to contact your child’s school of attendance to report their absence. I am looking forward to being your partner in helping to fulfill the hopes and dreams of our children. Welcome back, and have a great school year!
Robert T. Jennell
Superintendent of Schools