Planning transportation, Senior Awards, Superintendent Search update and more from Friday’s Tiger Talk

LOVELAND CITY SCHOOL DISTRICT: School News

LOVELAND, OH (May 17, 2021) – Here is the Friday, May 14, edition of Tiger Talk from the Loveland City School District. 

Superintendent Search Update

The Loveland City Schools Board of Education has announced the three finalists in the superintendent search. Community engagement with the candidates will help shape the Board’s decision for the next district leader.

 

“We have worked with our search firm CF Educational Solutions, to bring in the best candidates. This process includes soliciting feedback from students, parents, staff, and community members and we are confident that any one of these three will make a great Loveland Schools Superintendent,” Board President Dr. Kathryn Lorenz said.

 

The finalists are Michael Broadwater, currently Assistant Superintendent at Forest Hills School District, Eugene Thomas, Ed.D., currently Superintendent of Lowellville Local Schools in Lowellville, OH, and Brad Lovell, currently with the Hamilton County ESC and a member of the Lakota Local Schools Board.

 

“Each of these candidates impressed the Board and our Community Advisory Group with their unique strengths and potential. We appreciate the community’s involvement in helping reach this exciting stage of the selection process,” Board Vice President Kevin Dougherty said.

 

The community is invited to a Virtual Community Engagement Session on Tuesday, May 18 at 6 pm. Each of the candidates will speak to the community individually. We would like our community members to submit questions for the candidates, please submit questions here. There will also be a process for gathering insight during the engagement session and that portal will remain open until noon Wednesday, May 19.

 

The Virtual Community Engagement Session will take place at the same time as Wednesday’s regularly scheduled Board Meeting. Both the Board Meeting and the Virtual Community Engagement Session will be streamed live and archived to be viewed later.

 

Information about access to the Virtual Community Engagement Session will be posted on the Loveland City Schools Board of Education webpage prior to the Tuesday, May 18 meeting.

 

The Board will meet in Executive Session on Wednesday, May 19 for final interviews, with an announcement about the hiring to follow.

COVID-19 Update

Several announcements have been made over the past few days about masking and health guidance at the state and federal levels. Governor DeWine has announced that all public health orders related to the pandemic will be dropped effective June 2. The CDC has also announced that people who are vaccinated may go without masks in most circumstances.

 

What does this mean for Loveland City Schools?

Current state health orders don’t officially expire until after the end of our school year, so masks will remain in place for our students and staff during these final few days of the year. We will continue with our practices of providing mask breaks throughout the day and allow students to remove their masks during their lunchtimes. We will also allow students to remove their masks during outside class times or outside recess following the guidelines that social distancing should be maintained.

 

The guidance from health experts is that the best way to protect yourself and your family is to get the COVID-19 vaccine. Everyone 12 and older is now eligible to be vaccinated. You can schedule an appointment for vaccination through many local pharmacies and a list of local walk-in clinics can be found here. Governor DeWine has announced vaccine incentives for students and adults, including college scholarships and cash prizes. More information can be found here.

 

We look forward to all of our students, families, and staff celebrating a safe and happy summer. Let’s get across the finish line together!

Updated District Technology Plan

Loveland Schools will be phasing in a new technology program beginning in the 2021-22 school year. This fall, all students in grades 5-8 will be charged a $50 technology fee and will be given a school-issued Chromebook, instead of leasing these devices or bringing your own device to school.

As we shift to more digital assignments and online learning resources, technology is becoming increasingly important for student success. This approach will allow the district to be strategic in the replacement of student devices and will assist in the management and maintenance of this technology.

We plan to phase in this new technology program at additional grade levels over the next four years. Eventually, every student K-12 will have access to a high-quality device that they can use in the classroom and at home.

If your student will be in eighth grade in the fall of 2021 and is currently in the lease program, you will have the option to continue leasing, or you may turn in your lease-to-own Chromebook at the end of this school year. Your student will receive a new Chromebook at the start of the school year and will be assigned the $50 technology fee.

If your student will be entering grades 5-8 in the fall, and you have specific technology questions, please reach out to your school.

mportant Message from the Transportation Department

We are planning our school transportation routes for the 2021-22 school year. With some students learning remotely this year, along with schedule changes, and other disruptions, we want to make sure we have the most accurate information for our fall planning.

If your student is currently in K-7 and did not ride the bus during the 2020-21 school year, and intends on riding next year, please fill out this form.

Academic "Top 10" on stage at Senior Awards

Senior Awards Ceremony

Our Loveland High School seniors were honored during our Senior Awards Ceremony on Wednesday, May 12.

 

Congratulations to Valedictorian Joanna Reese, and Salutatorians Terri Clark and Diana Clark. Our Loveland High School Academic Top 10 were recognized, along with our National Merit Scholars, National Honor Society members, and Great Oaks Pathway Graduates, among many others.

See the full program of winners and view the recording of the ceremony on the Office of School Counseling webpage.

LMS Remote Academy Materials Drop-Off

Students in the Remote Academy who have any school resources in their possession will need to return those to school on Friday, May 28th. We will have school staff available in front of the school for collection from the times of 9-11 AM and 12-2 PM. Please package all school resources in a plastic bag for return with your child’s name and grade labeled on the bag. Materials that will need to be returned include:

  • Chromebook (if not a lease to own Chromebook that you have paid the fee for this year)

  • Chromebook charger

  • Textbooks

  • Class novels/books/readers

Any Chromebook, charger, or school resource that is not returned or that is returned damaged, may result in additional fees being charged to your account.